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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Iceland (b.1963)

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel has recently been translated into English by Bernard Scudder, published in the US in 2007, and the UK in January 2008. She also has a career as a civil engineer.

Genres: Mystery, Horror

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir recommends
Cold Steal (2014)
(Gunnhildur Mystery, book 4)
Quentin Bates
"A great read- leaves you craving the next installment."
Cop Town (2014)
Karin Slaughter
"Amongst the world‘s greatest and finest crime writers."
In Bitter Chill (2015)
(DC Childs Mystery, book 1)
Sarah Ward
"The most engaging debut I have come across in a long time."
The Silent Room (2015)
(Matthew Ryan, book 1)
Mari Hannah
"It has everything a good thriller should, compelling characters, a gripping plot and storyline, superb pacing and a strong sense of place. In addition it has heart, something many thrillers sorely lack. Mari Hannah's superb writing style is put to good use during this break from her series and I was annoyed every time I was forced to put the book down and do mundane yet necessary stuff like eat or sleep."
The Mine (2016)
Antti Tuomainen
"Antti Tuomainen is a wonderful writer. His characters, plots and atmosphere are masterfully drawn."
The Sealwoman's Gift (2018)
Sally Magnusson
"Icelandic history has been brought to extraordinary life... An accomplished and intelligent novel."
The Darkness (2018)
(Hulda, book 1)
Ragnar Jónasson
"The Darkness is a true masterpiece of a crime novel, introducing an original protagonist, a plot full of twists and turns and an ending that leaves you gasping for air."
Kin (2018)
(Helga Finnsdottir, book 1)
Snorri Kristjansson
"Truly entertaining: a new and original Viking Noir voice."
The Wrong Boy (2018)
Cathy Ace
"…a truly gripping and strong narrative, coupled with a story line that is both intriguing and thoroughly entertaining."
Inborn (2019)
Thomas Enger
"Spine-chilling and utterly unputdownable. Thomas Enger has created a masterpiece of intrigue, fast-paced action and suspense that is destined to become Nordic Noir classic."
Beast (2019)
(Six Stories, book 4)
Matt Wesolowski
"Creepy, exciting and very well written."
Dark Waters (2020)
(Monica Kennedy, book 2)
G R Halliday
"DARK WATERS is dark and disturbing from page one - in the best possible way. The plot is intricate and layered, and peppered with revelations that will keep you reading into the night."
The Historians (2020)
Cecilia Ekbäck
"The Historians is both haunting and beautifully written. It is one of those books that you simply do not want to end, despite the urgency in needing to know how it will conclude."
The Last Exit (2021)
(Jen Lu Mystery, book 1)
Michael Kaufman
"Cobalt Blue is a highly accomplished debut that does not miss a beat. Characters, plot and style: it’s got it all. Fully recommended for all crime fiction aficionados."

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