Icelandic mystery writer to speak

Published on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 by Rob Olason

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Icelandic mystery writer to speak

By Rob Olason

Yrsa Sigurdardottir is the author of five children’s books, works as a civil engineer and has finished her third mystery novel featuring feisty lawyer and single parent, Thora Gudmundsdottir.

Her mysteries have been translated into fourteen languages, which greatly expands her readership since she writes in Icelandic, a language spoken primarily by the 350,000 residents of Iceland. 

Yrsa Sigurdardottir will be speaking about her writing and giving a reading at 7:30 p.m. on November 19 at Free Church Unitarian, 1218 Harrison Avenue.

The event is sponsored by the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society. 
Sigurdardottir began her mystery-writing career with her 2005 debut, Last Rituals, where she introduced Thora. Thora is called in to investigate the unusual death of a German graduate student at a university in Reykjavik.

As her investigation proceeds, Thora discovers a secret world of money, sex, drugs and a dark secret reaching back a thousand years into Iceland’s pagan past. 

In Thora Gudmundsdottir, Sigurdardottir has created an intriguing, no-nonsense protagonist, who combines a witty sense of humor with a modern day family of a young daughter, withdrawn teen son and a not very involved ex-husband. 

Last Rituals is currently available in a hard-cover English translation. It will be coming out in paperback in April 2009.

The second book in the series, My Soul to Take, will be released in English in December, 2008. 

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