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Thóra Gudmundsdóttir #2

A grisly murder is committed at a resort situated in a renovated farmhouse. The owner of the newly established resort falls suspect and calls upon attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to assist him in clearing his name.

Thóra’s investigations soon reveal that a sizeable portion of the resort’s guests and neighbours had ample reasons to want the woman dead. Additionally, Thóra finds various evidence implying a disturbing history of the farmhouse, involving the murder of a child. Thóra must also attempt to get a handle on her feelings for the German PI, Matthew who has arrived in Iceland on vacation, his mind set on renewing their relationship.

The biggest challenge for Thóra is to prove her suspicion that the farmhouse’s dark history relates in some way to the murder, something that becomes increasingly urgent when a second murder takes place…

My Soul to Take is the second installment in the series about Thóra Gudmundsdóttir.


Shortlisted for the Shamus Award US 2010
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  • “Top notch crime fiction.”

    Boston Globe, US

  • “Icelandic attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is a clever and astute woman, and a welcome addition to the pantheon of fictional female investigators.”

    RT Book Reviews, US

  • “This is well-written, pacey and wonderfully atmospheric, but the USP here is the character of Gudmundsdóttir. Wry, very funny and valiantly trying to balance the demands of her private life with her work – she is a joy. I'm looking forward to number three. /…/ Yrsa Sigurdardóttir brilliantly conjures an atmosphere of creeping menace and unreality.”

    The Guardian, UK

  • “Sigurdardóttir delivers terrific clammy atmosphere and frequent frissons of fear; she is entitled to join the front rank of Nordic crime writers.”

    The Times, UK

  • “Both frightening and funny – a terrific trick if you can pull it off.”

    The Observer, UK

  • “Distinguished by superb evocations of extraordinary landscapes and rivetingly gruesome inventiveness.”

    The Independent, UK

  • “The numerous twists and turns are worthy of Agatha Christie and keep the reader guessing until the very end.”

    Sunday Telegraph, UK

  • “A welcome second outing for the good-natured lawyer-sleuth Thóra Gudmundsdóttir… Yrsa Sigurdardóttir's lightness of touch is refreshing.”

    Daily Telegraph, UK

  • “The novel is both spooky and gruesome. But Thóra's distinctly chaotic private life provides a welcome contrast and moments of very black humour /…/ It's rare to find a crime novel that's both chilling and witty – an agreeable combination.”

    Spectator, UK

  • “Dark, rich and satisfying.”

    Woman & Home, UK

  • “Iceland is fast becoming a hotbed of fine crime writing, and Sigurdardóttir is at the front of the pack. This second novel builds on her already impressive reputation… brilliantly paced and expertly constructed.”

    The Big Issue, UK

Photo: Lilja Birgisdóttir Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
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Reading material

Icelandic edition

English edition

German edition

Rights sold

Denmark, Saga Egmont

Germany, Btb

Iceland, Veröld

UK, Hodder & Stoughton

US, William Morrow

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