The Alphabet in Crime Fiction: Y is for Yrsa, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión en castellano desplazarse por la pantalla hacia abajo.

The Crime Fiction Alphabet, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise, has arrived this week to letter “Y”. Do take the time to check out HERE the entries from other fellow participants towards the end of the week. Like me, you’ll find yourself adding “must read” titles to your TBR.

My Y is for Yrsa. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic or matronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name “Yrsa”.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir or Yrsa Sigurdardottir graduated from high-school in 1983, finished a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Iceland in 1988 and a M. Sc. in the same field from Concordia University in Montreal in 1997. She now works as a civil engineer in Reykjavik.

As a writer Yrsa wrote award-winning children’s books before turning to crime fiction. Her debut crime-novel, Þriðja táknið (2005) Last Rituals, translated into English by Bernard Scudder, was published in the US in 2007, and the UK in January 2008. It was the first in a series, featuring attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir and was followed by Sér grefur gröf (2006) My Soul to Take, Ösku (2007) Ashes to Dust, and Auðnina (2008) The Day is Dark coming on 21 July 2011. To my knowledge Horfðu á mig (2009) Look at Me has no release date yet. On 21 June 2011 she received the Blood Drop trophy and annual award of the Icelandic Crime Literature Association for Ég man þig (2010) I Remember You.

You can find additional informationHERE.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir at Veröld Publishing

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir blogs once a week at Murder is Everywhere

I have plans to read Last Rituals soon. In the meantime you can find  HERE Maxine’s review, first posted on Euro Crime, November 2008. Stay tuned.

El Alfabeto del Crimen: Y es por Yrsa, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

El Alfabeto del Crimen, organizado por Kerrie en Mysteries in Paradise, ha llegado esta semana a la letra “Y”.  Tómese su tiempo para verAQUÍ las entradas del resto de los participantes hacia finales de la semana. Como yo, seguro que encontrará algunos títulos imprescindibles para agregar a su lista de libros para leer.

Mi “Y” es para Yrsa. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir es un nombre islandés. El último nombre es por lo tanto un patronímico, no es un apellido; podemos referirnos correctamente a esta persona por su nombre de pila “Yrsa”.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir o Yrsa Sigurdardottir acabó su estudios de secundaria en 1983, se licenció en ingeniería civil por la Universidad de Islandia en 1988 y obtuvo su grado de Master en Ingenieria por la Universidad de Concordia en Montreal en 1997. Ahora trabaja como ingeniero civil en Reykjavik.

Para obtener más información sobre Yrsa y sus libros en castellano se puede consultar AQUÍ. Su última novela traducida en castellano es Ceniza (Suma 2010).

Best Crime Fiction Reads 2011 (First Half)

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise has raised the following question, What are the best crime fiction titles you’ve read in 2011?

I’ve read 30 books and have just realised that my ratings have been pretty high, quoting Kerrie not “necessarily because I’m too generous, but because I tend to read books I think I will like.” This is my list (no particular order):

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