Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (b. 1963) is an award-winning, No. 1 best-selling Icelandic crime fiction author. Sigurdardóttir made her crime fiction debut in 2005 with Last Rituals, the first installment in the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series. She has since gone on to write a number of acclaimed stand-alone thriller novels, and is to date translated into more than 30 languages. With The Legacy, the first novel in the award-winning series about child psychologist Freyja and police detective Huldar, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has consolidated her position as one of the finest crime writers of our time, and a master storyteller at the top of her game.
“I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa’s work. It’s very engaging, fresh and exciting.”
“Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.”
|Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK||2017|
|The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Denmark||2017|
|Shortlisted for The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland||2017|
|Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2016) Germany||2016|
|Shortlisted for the Mörda Award (Captivating Crime in Translation) UK||2016|
|Shortlisted for The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland||2016|
|The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK||2015|
|The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland||2015|
|Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK||2014|
|Shortlisted for the Glass Key The Nordic Countries||2014|
|Shortlisted for the Glass Key The Nordic Countries||2011|
|The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland||2010|
|Shortlisted for the Shamus Award US||2010|
The judges praise Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie?, calling it “A compelling exploration of guilt and retribution, which builds to a nerve-jangling finale.”
They are equally impressed by Persson’s The Dying Detective: “Expertly plotted and highly gripping, The Dying Detective features characters from a number of other crime novels by the author, but succeeds brilliantly as a standalone in its own right.”
The winner of the Petrona Award 2017 will be announced on May 20th.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Legacy has been awarded The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Palle Rosenkrantz Prisen) 2016 for ‘Best Crime Novel of the Year’. The Legacy is the first installment in the Freyja & Huldar series. Yrsa Sigurdardóttir will receive the award at The Crime Book Festival, Krimimessen, in Horsens on April 1st.
The daily newspaper The Boston Globe has chosen Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Silence of the Sea as one of their Best Books of 2016. The Silence of the Sea is the sixth installment in the series about Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, and has previously won the Petrona Award. It is the only translated title to enter The Boston Globe’s list of Best Books of 2016 in the Mystery category.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Absolution has been shortlisted for 2017’s The Blood Drop, the Icelandic award for best crime fiction novel of the year. The Absolution is the third installment in the Freyja & Huldar series and was just published in Iceland to rave reviews.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Absolution has shot straight to No. 1 on the official Icelandic bestseller list after being published just days ago. The Absolution is the third installment in the Freyja & Huldar series.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie? has been chosen by The Sunday Times as their Crime Novel of the Year. The UK newspaper’s critics laud the novel in their review, calling it “a tour de force” and praising Sigurdardóttir for her brilliant handling of the different plot strands, and how she brings them together in an unforgettable climax.
A teenager is brutally beaten to death in the cinema where she works, her body dragged into the night by the masked killer. Clips of her begging for forgiveness are sent to her friends from her Snapchat account. When the body is finally found it is marked “2”. A teenage boy meets a similar fate a few days later, and again clips where he begs the killer for forgiveness are sent to his friends via social media. When found his body is marked with a “3”.
Huldar joins the murder investigation, working under Erla. Their relationship is strained after being subjected to an internal review regarding the sexual harassment allegations, which took place in The Vortex. But they must set their differences aside and focus on finding a merciless killer - as well as trying to ascertain if there is an undiscovered third body - one carrying the number “1”.
As Icelandic law stipulates that a psychologist be present when questioning youths, Freyja is drawn into the investigation despite her reluctance to work with Huldar. She soon suspects that bullying might lie at the heart of the case, although her own experience as a victim of such behaviour might influence her judgement.
All three can at least agree on two things: the truth is far from simple. And the killer is not done yet.
The Absolution is the third installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.
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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone thriller Why Did You Lie has been selected by The Sunday Times as their Crime Book of the Month. The British newspaper calls the novel “a tour de force,” applauding Sigurdardóttir for her brilliant handling of the different plot strands and how she brings them together in “an unforgettable climax.”
Erik Axl Sund’s The Crow Girl and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Undesired have both been shortlisted for The Mörda Award for ‘Captivating Crime in Translation’. The winning novel will be announced on July 22nd at Harrogate. To vote for your favorite, click the “Read more” button below.
Yrsa Sigurdardottir is the winner of the Petrona Award 2015 for 'Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year' for her novel The Silence of the Sea, translated by Victoria Cribb and published by Hodder and Stoughton.
Falling Freely, as if in a Dream by Leif GW Persson and The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2015 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’. The winner will be announced in May 2015.