Search Results: "Yrsa Sigurdardottir"


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THE DAY IS DARK by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"The cast of intriguing characters and exotic setting don't quite make up for the complicated and slow-moving plot in this murder mystery."
This dark thriller, set in Greenland, springs from the imagination of an Icelandic writer who mixes mystic native traditions with murder. Read full book review >

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ASHES TO DUST by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2012

"Buried under all the volcanic ash, false trails and endless recriminations is a puzzle whose grim solution is worthy of Stieg Larsson."
A trip down a flight of stairs leads to an unspeakable discovery with appalling consequences for Reykjavík attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir and her latest client. Read full book review >

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THE UNDESIRED by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rest assured that the guilty and the innocent alike will share every punishment Sigurdardóttir can dish out."
As in The Silence of the Sea (2016), Iceland's Queen of Crime juggles two sets of crimes in two time frames to produce a slow-burning, bone-chilling tale. Read full book review >

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I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A multilayered tale that builds slowly—the use of smells is especially effective—but drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories."
Sigurdardóttir's work (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.) has always drawn on both kinds of mysteries—detective stories in which everything is explained rationally and supernatural thrillers in which it isn't—but this tale of a series of disappearances grounded in long-simmering revenge mixes the two more inextricably than ever before. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Unusual material for a mystery, but Sigurdardóttir handles it deftly through Thóra, who is as compassionate as she is intelligent and dogged."
A suspicious fire in a home for the severely disabled leads to an investigation of the Icelandic social safety net in Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's fifth outing (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The trick of alternating chapters between the present and the very recent past shouldn't work, but it does, producing a tour de force capped by a haunting final scene that will linger in your mind long after the cumbersome explanation of how the trick was worked."
Reykjavík attorney Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's sixth case (Someone to Watch Over Me, 2015, etc.) poses her a puzzle obviously inspired by the real-life 1872 case of the Mary Celeste—and fully worthy of its mysterious original.Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Some of the nuances seem to have been lost in translation, but the meat of the mystery is suspenseful, compelling and unique."
An Icelandic lawyer helps investigate the murder and mutilation of a witchcraft-obsessed student. Read full book review >