Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

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”
-Karin Slaughter

“I can see why so many people are enthusiastic about Yrsa’s work. It’s very engaging, fresh and exciting.”
–James Patterson

“Yrsa is one of the most exciting new voices in the crime thriller world.”
–Peter James

“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.”
–Arne Dahl

“The undisputed queen of Icelandic Noir”
–Simon Kernick

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award Ireland – Lygi Why Did You Lie 2018
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2017) Germany – Sogid The Reckoning 2017
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Lygi Why Did You Lie 2017
Shortlisted for The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – Aflausn The Absolution 2017
Shortlisted for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis (Best Crime & Thriller of 2016) Germany – DNA The Legacy 2016
Shortlisted for the Mörda Award (Captivating Crime in Translation) UK – Kuldi The Undesired 2016
Shortlisted for The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – Sogid The Reckoning 2016
The Danish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Denmark – DNA The Legacy 2016
The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – DNA The Legacy 2015
The Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Brakid The Silence of the Sea 2015
Shortlisted for the Petrona Award (Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year) UK – Horfdu a mig Someone to Watch over Me 2014
Shortlisted for the Glass Key The Nordic Countries – DNA The Legacy 2014
Shortlisted for the Glass Key The Nordic Countries – Eg man thig I Remember You 2011
The Blood Drop (Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year) Iceland – Eg man thig I Remember You 2010
Shortlisted for the Shamus Award US – Ser grefur gröf My Soul to Take 2010
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Bibliography

Freyja & Huldar

Thóra Gudmundsdóttir

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Antti Tuomainen and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir on The Times’ ‘Best books of the past five years’ list

The Times and the Sunday Times Crime Club have listed the forty best books of the past five years, and Antti Tuomainen and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir each grab a spot on the list. Sigurdardóttir (“The queen of Nordic crime”) does so with The Legacy, the novel that starts off her Freyja & Huldar series. The UK newspaper calls this first installment “an introductory murder that hikes the tension to cardiac-arrest levels. […] Icelandic noir at its reliably gripping best.” Tuomainen (“Scandi noir’s leading chucklemeister”) meanwhile receives an accolade for his humorous Little Siberia, populated by “a splendid cast of characters. /…/ Nordic lols.”

The Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019

The official Icelandic bestseller lists for 2019 have just been published, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is one of the names among the top spots. Sigurðardóttir’s latest installment in the Freyja and Huldar series, The Fallout, was published just last month in December, yet managed to find its way to the No. 3 position on the bestseller list for all categories, and the No. 2 spot in the fiction category.

Jo Nesbø meanwhile comes in at No. 2 on the translated fiction list, appearing with the latest Harry Hole novel, Knife. At No. 3 on the same list is Liza Marklund’s Black Pearl Farm. The YA list sees Bobbie Peers grab the No. 7 spot with William Wenton and the Luridium Thief.

‘The Fallout’ No. 3 in Iceland

The Fallout, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s sixth novel about Freyja & Huldar, is No. 3 on the official Icelandic bestseller list this month.

‘The Fallout’ published in Iceland

On a cold day in Reykjavik, a baby goes missing from her pram. In her place, the father finds the body of a dead infant. The missing baby was born through a surrogacy agreement, one that started off well but quickly deteriorated. Eleven years have passed since the disappearance, when an isolated case of measles results in the death of a young girl. Her father sets out to find the responsible virus carrier in order to exact his revenge. In another part of the city, a woman’s dismembered body is found in a deserted car, her head missing.

In The Fallout, the sixth instalment in the Freyja and Huldar series, Police officer Huldar and child psychologist Freyja must combine their wits to solve a difficult case, where the fallout from previous misdeeds is relentless. The only common denominator in all three cases is the wall of silence that encircles those involved.

Jo Nesbø and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir on Sunday Times’ list of 100 best thrillers since 1945

The Sunday Times has presented a carefully curated list of the very best crime and spy novels to be published since 1945, and among the illustrious authors and titles featured are Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s The Silence of the Sea. Nesbø and Sigurdardóttir are joined on the list by iconic names like Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming and Henning Mankell.

‘The Legacy’ one of spring 2019’s most anticipated titles in Sweden

Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest national newspaper, has announced a list of the ten crime novels most worth looking forward to this spring. One of the must-reads on the list is The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, the first installment in her Freyja & Huldar series.

‘The Doll’ published in Iceland

A doll is caught in the net of a fishing boat. It’s covered in barnacles and worms after years in the ocean, but a woman onboard takes it home at the request of her young daughter. This simple act of kindness sets into motion a series of fateful events, and five years later, skeletonized remains emerge from the ocean’s depths. Identifying the skeleton proves harder than initially thought: In a country where everyone knows their neighbor, an unknown missing person is an impossibility. As the mystery of the unidentified body deepens, Huldar dives into an investigation of a homeless drug addict’s murder, and Freyja investigates a suspected case of child abuse at a foster care home. The cases are linked through a single, missing witness: The young girl that wanted the doll all those years ago.

The Doll is the fifth installment in Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar.

‘The Hole’ No. 1 in Iceland

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s latest novel, The Hole, claims the No. 1 spot on the Icelandic bestseller list this week. The Hole is the fourth installment in the series about the psychologist Freyja and the police officer Huldar, and was published in Iceland just two weeks ago.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Jo Nesbø nominated for Der Leserpreis 2017

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Jo Nesbø have been nominated for LovelyBooks’ Der Leserpreis 2017. They are nominated in the ‘Crime & Thriller’ category for The Reckoning and The Thirst respectively.

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Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Fredrik Backman longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s Why Did You Lie and Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here are longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2018. The shortlist will be published next year in April and the winner will be announced on June 13th.

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The 2017 Petrona Award

Why Did You Lie? by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and The Dying Detective by Leif GW Persson are both shortlisted for the Petrona Award 2017 for ‘Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year’.

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 presented with The Danish Academy of Crime Writer’s Award 2016

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.

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