Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurdardottir Vilborg ( born August 24, 1963) is an Icelandic writer.

The last name is not how to understand the Germans as a surname, but rather a so-called patronymic, which refers to the name of the Father. So something like this: Sigurdstochter.


Yrsa Sigurdardottir ended 1983, the school Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík and then started a Civil Engineering degree at the Háskóli Íslands, from which she graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science. She continued her studies at Concordia University in Montreal in 1997 and earned the degree of Master of Science. Today she lives with her husband and two children in Seltjarnarnes in Reykjavík and works as an engineer at Kárahnjúka Dam in eastern Iceland. Here she writes since 1998 in her hut on their books.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir has written five children's books since 1998. In 2000, the Icelandic Department drew IBBY (International Department for Youth Literature ) from Yrsa for her book Við viljum Jolin I JULY.

2005 her first crime novel Þriðja táknið, published in Germany in 2006 under the title The last ritual appeared. It was followed in 2006 with Sér grefur Gröf a second crime novel, in Germany under the title of The frozen light appeared in 2007. Since then, every year another crime novel or thriller is to come from her. Not only because she has to put her humorous, lone investigator, lawyer Þóra Gudmundsdottir, a German lover, the ex-cop Matthias to the side, she is successful especially in the German book market. Much like the French writer Fred Vargas second job - creating two professions at once. Your crime novels are distinguished by particularly gloomy scenery and its subtle affinity for the supernatural. Typical of Sigurðardóttir is particularly the two - or three-pronged narrative, the - mostly from chapter to chapter - changes from one venue to another.

The 2011 released by the Icelandic Veröld Publisher detective novel Brakið ( death ship) came out with a very high for Iceland initial print run of 16,000 copies.


Series with Þóra Guðmundsdóttir

  • 2005 Þriðja táknið. German: The last ritual. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2006, ISBN 3-596-17132-6.
  • German: The frozen light. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-596-17599-4.
  • German: The Glowing grave. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-596-18140-7.
  • German: The ice-blue track. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-596-18343-2.
  • German: Night of Fire. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2010, ISBN 978-3-596-18870-3.
  • German: death ship. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2012, ISBN 978-3-596-19493-3.

Other Iceland thrillers

  • 2010 Ég one thig. German: Ghost fjord. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-596-19273-1.
  • 2012 Kuldi. German: Souls in ice. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 2013, ISBN 978-3-596-19533-6

Children Crime

  • 2003 Biobörn. German: The IQ Kids and the stolen intelligence. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2011, ISBN 978-3-596-85439-4.


  • 2013 souls in the ice, Argon Verlag Berlin, read by Daniel Drewes, unabridged 6 CDs 409 min, ISBN 978-3839812754


  • 2000 IBBY Honour List ( International Board on Books for Young People ) for Við viljum Jolin I JULY
  • 2011 Blóðdropinn ( Icelandic national award for crime fiction ) for Ég one thig (German spirits fjord. Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 2011)