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.
“Yrsa is a magnificent writer”
“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.”
“Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has with her large-scale and genuinely intelligent stories attempted to find the core of Iceland’s distinctive society, and thus pushed the Icelandic crime novel tradition many steps forward.”
“The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir”
“I love the Children’s House series.”
“Yrsa is a wonderful storyteller. Her stories are atmospheric, mysterious and brilliantly plotted … you will never see the twists coming.”
|– Bráðin The Prey||2021|
|– Aflausn The Absolution||2020|
|– Lygi Why Did You Lie||2018|
|– Sogid The Reckoning||2017|
|– Lygi Why Did You Lie||2017|
|– Aflausn The Absolution||2017|
|– DNA The Legacy||2016|
|– Kuldi The Undesired||2016|
|– Sogid The Reckoning||2016|
|– DNA The Legacy||2016|
|– DNA The Legacy||2015|
|– Brakid The Silence of the Sea||2015|
|– Horfdu a mig Someone to Watch over Me||2014|
|– DNA The Legacy||2014|
|– Eg man thig I Remember You||2011|
|– Eg man thig I Remember You||2010|
|– Ser grefur gröf My Soul to Take||2010|
The nominees for this year’s Icelandic Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.
We’re Just Trying to Have Fun by Hálldor Armand Asgeirsson is featured within the non-fiction category.
Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s blood-curling and unnerving novel The Prey sails to No. 6 on Der Spiegel’s list for trade paperback this week. This marks the sixteenth consecutive week for the novel.
A group of young professionals travel to the Westmann Islands off the coast of Iceland to attend the funeral of a woman that used to be part of their inner circle. The trip which was also supposed to function as a reunion, turns into a nightmare when the aftermath of a party they attended while at university and have tried to forget, hits them full force. Two bodies are found on a rocky beach close to the refurbished lighthouse keeper’s house that the group had stayed in and Iðunn, Týr and Karó are sent to provide the local police assistance.
Forget Me Not, the second installment of the Black Ice series, puts the spotlight on medical examiner Iðunn who grew up on the island and has ghosts of her own she would prefer to keep at bay, all the while having to focus on a complex investigation of murders that seem to make no sense at all.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s blood-curling and unnerving novel The Prey celebrates ten consecutive weeks on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for trade paperbacks this week.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s blood-curling stand-alone novel The Prey is No. 7 on the Der Spiegel’s bestseller list this week. This marks the novel’s fourth consecutive week on the list for trade paperback fiction.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone novel The Prey continues to climb the German bestseller list and sails to No. 5 this week. This marks the novel’s third consecutive week on Der Spiegel’s list for trade paperback fiction.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s blood-curling stand-alone novel The Prey sails to No. 7 on the official German bestseller list this week. This marks the second consecutive week for the novel on Der Spiegel’s list for trade paperback fiction.
The Petrona Award’s jury has just presented its shortlist for the 2021 Petrona Award for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.’ The list of six nominees include Anne Holt with A Necessary Death, Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger with Death Deserved, and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir with Gallows Rock.
The Judges have the following to say about each title:
“A pacy, absorbing thriller with a gutsy, complex main character.” – on Anne Holt’s A Necessary Death.
“The novel expertly fuses the writers’ individual styles, while showcasing their joint talent for writing credible and engaging characters, and creating a fast-paced, exciting plot.” – on Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Death Deserved.
“[The protagonists’] relationship provides readers with some lighter moments and occasional black humour, along with a frisson of mutual attraction. The novel’s intricate plot focuses on skewed morals and revenge.” – on Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Gallows Rock.
The winning title will be announced on Thursday 4 November, 2021.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Prey is the winner of the 2020 Blood Drop Award for ‘Best Crime Novel of the Year.’ The Blood Drop Award is an Icelandic crime fiction award, annually presented by the Crime Writers of Iceland association and the winner becomes the Icelandic nomination for the Glass Key, an award given annually to a crime novel from one of the Nordic countries.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone thriller The Prey is the No. 3 most sold title of 2020 in Iceland, across all genres.
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s stand-alone The Prey is the No. 3 most sold title of 2020 in Iceland. The novel also claimed the No. 2 spot on the last list of the year, showing mid- to late December’s sales.
The pace is picking up in Iceland, where the official monthly lists are now divided into weekly ones. On the latest list for November 23-29, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir claims the No. 3 spot with The Prey, her latest stand-alone title.