Author bio

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir - book author

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998.
Her début crime-novel "Last Rituals" published in the US in 2007, and the UK in January 2008 was translated into English by Bernard Scudder, and is book 1 of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Iceland in 1988 and M.Sc in the same field from Concordia University in Montreal in 1997.

Yrsa now works as a civil engineer for the company Fjarhitun, as well as being a writer.

In 2000 the Icelandic department of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) awarded Yrsa for her book Við viljum jólin í júlí (We Want Christmas in July).

Yrsa lives in the Reykjavík suburb of Seltjarnarnes. She is married with two children.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is the author of books: Last Rituals (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #1), My Soul to Take (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #2), Ashes to Dust (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #3), The Day is Dark (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #4), Ég man þig, The Silence of the Sea (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #6), Someone to Watch Over Me (Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, #5), DNA (Children's House, #1), Lygi, Sogið (Children's House, #2)


Author books

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01
At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Guðmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems ... and no one can be trusted.
02
“Top notch crime fiction.”

Boston Globe

American readers first met Icelandic lawyer and investigator Thóra Gudmundsdóttir in Last Rituals. In My Soul to Take, internationally acclaimed author Yrsa Sigurdardóttir plunges her intrepid heroine into even graver peril, in a riveting thriller set against the harsh landscape of Smila’s Sense of Snow territory. A darkly witty and continually surprising suspense tale that places Yrsa Sigurdardóttir firmly in the ranks of Sue Grafton, Tess Gerritsen, Faye Kellerman and other top mystery writers, My Soul to Take is ingenious Scandinavian noir on a par with the works of Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason. Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) fans should also take note.
03
In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried an entire Icelandic village in lava and ash. Now this macabre tourist attraction proves deadly once again—when the discovery of fresh bodies casts a shadow of suspicion onto Markús Magnússon, a man accused of killing his childhood sweetheart. His attorney Þóra Guðmundsdóttir finds that her client has a most inventive story to tell. But the locals seem oddly reluctant to back him up...
04
When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thóra is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman from the site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile?
05
This horrifying thriller, partly based on a true story, is the scariest novel yet from an international bestseller.

The crunching noise had resumed, now accompanied by a disgusting, indefinable smell. It could best be described as a blend of kelp and rotten meat. The voice spoke again, now slightly louder and clearer:

Don't go. Don't go yet. I'm not finished.

In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a derelict house. But soon they realise they are not alone there - something wants them to leave, and it's making its presence felt.

Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son.

When the two stories collide the terrifying truth is uncovered . . .
06
An abandoned yacht, a young family missing - chilling crime from the queen of Nordic Noir.
The most chilling novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an international bestseller at the height of her powers.

'Mummy dead.' The child's pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar - and doubtless the others - wanted to hear at that moment. 'Daddy dead.' It got worse. 'Adda dead. Bygga dead.' The child sighed and clutched her grandmother's leg. 'All dead.'

A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon?

Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father's parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht's former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore?
07
A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?
08
Ung kona er myrt á hryllilegan hátt á heimili sínu að nóttu til. Eina vitnið er sjö ára dóttir hennar. Skömmu síðar lætur morðinginn aftur til skarar skríða. Radíóamatör fær sérkennileg skilaboð á öldum ljósvakans sem tengja hann við bæði fórnarlömbin. Þó þekkir hann hvorugt þeirra.
09
Fjölskylda snýr heim úr íbúðaskiptum en kemst að því að fólkið sem var í húsinu þeirra er horfið. Lögreglukona rekst á áratuga gamla skýrslu sem tekin var af eiginmanni hennar á barnsaldri og telur það mál hugsanlega skýra tilraun hans til að binda enda á líf sitt. Fernt fer í vinnuferð í Þrídrangavita þangað sem aðeins verður sigið niður í þyrlu: kona, tveir smiðir og ljósmyndari. Nóttina á undan dreymdi ljósmyndarann að einungis tvö ættu afturkvæmt. Þessir ólíku þræðir fléttast saman í óhugnanlega sögu þar sem ekkert er sem sýnist.

English description:
Lygi
Why Did You Lie
Four Icelanders take a trip to a lighthouse on a cliff in the Atlantic Ocean only accessible by helicopter: a female technician, two carpenters and a photographer. The night before the trip the photographer dreams that only two of them will return. On the isolated rock, strange occurrences take place and the extreme and claustrophobic circumstances are about to throw the disintegrated group into a state of panic and paranoia.

An Icelandic family returns to their house after a home exchange, only to find that their American guests have disappeared. As the husband sees video clips from the security camera in the family's summerhouse - which the guests had access to - he becomes convinced that something horrible has taken place there.

A policewoman comes across a fragment of an old police report of a case in which her husband was interrogated as a young boy. She now suspects that this old case may have something to do with his recent suicide attempt. It turns out that thirty years earlier, a journalist hung himself in the same garage as her husband. But why is the rest of the report missing?

These threads come together in a spine-chilling story where nothing is as it seems...
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Lýst er eftir átta ára stúlku sem hverfur úr skólanum einn haustdag. Undarlegur spádómur unglings kemur upp úr hylki sem innsiglað var fyrir tíu árum, í kjölfarið taka voveiflegir atburðir að gerast í Reykjavík. Og lögreglan er ráðalaus.

Hér stíga fram á sviðið sömu aðalpersónur og í síðustu bók Yrsu Sigurðardóttur, DNA, bestu íslensku glæpasögunni árið 2014.

Sogið er ellefta glæpasaga Yrsu en Þriðja táknið kom út fyrir nákvæmlega tíu árum. Á þessum tíma hefur hún í tvígang fengið Blóðdropann fyrir bestu íslensku glæpasöguna og í fyrra átti hún bestu norrænu glæpasöguna í Bretlandi.