Category Archives: Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Review: WHY DID YOU LIE? by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The multiple-threads-without-obvious-connection novels are coming thick and fast these days but few are as skillfully realised as Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s standalone novel WHY DID YOU LIE? There are three strands which all, on the face of it, sound a little dull. Or … Continue reading

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Books of the month: April 2015

Pick of the month The good thing about having completed only a paltry 4 books for the month is that it made picking a favourite pretty easy, though I think Jørn Lier Horst’s THE HUNTING DOGS would have made the … Continue reading

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Review: THE SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

A luxury yacht crashes into Rekyavik Harbour one night without a soul on board and no immediate signs of foul play; the three-man crew and family of four who were travelling home from Portugal are just…gone. Lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is … Continue reading

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Musings on the 2014 Petrona Award

In a few hours the winner of the 2014 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime novel translated into English will be announced as part of CrimeFest festivities and, like last year, I’m quite glad not to be the one deciding. But … Continue reading

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Review: SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

I know it’s not the normal way of doing things but I feel the need to talk first about a couple of things SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME isn’t. For a few days now I’ve been staring at the bright red balloon on … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – October 2011

I didn’t manage a lot of reviewing in October but was lucky enough to have a couple of 5-star reads which means Book of the month is a difficult choice so I’m not going to make it. Tom Franklin‘s Crooked Letter, Crooked … Continue reading

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Maximum reading: minimum reviewing

The main prompt for me to start this blog was to write down my thoughts about the books I read so that my future self would be a little less ignorant about my reading than I had been in the … Continue reading

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Review: My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The second novel to feature Icelandic lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir opens with a chilling prologue from 1945 in which a young child appears is locked in some kind of cellar. The story proper takes place in contemporary times when Thóra is asked … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – May 2010

That was then I finished 15 books in May and, thankfully, had no DNFs (though I might have done had I not been too warm and lazy to get out bed and find a book other than this one). Only … Continue reading

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Review: Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Title: Last Rituals Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottier (translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder) Publisher: Hodder [this translation 2008, original edition 2005] ISBN: 987-0-340-920633 Length: 423 pages Genre: Amateur Sleuth ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ My rating: 4/5 One-liner: A book … Continue reading

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