Yrsa began her writing career with children’s books, but has recently turned to crime novels, a genre in which she has had great success. Her first crime novel, Last Rituals (2005) has been translated into several languages, and Yrsa has since written several sequels, which all feature the investigative lawyer Þóra Guðmundsdóttir. These include Ashes to Dust (2007), Someone to Watch Over Me (2009) and The Silence of the Sea (2011), which was chosen as best crime novel in England in 2014. Yrsa also received a prize at Crime Fest in Bristol earlier this year.
Yrsa’s books have been published in many different countries. Her latest crime novel, DNA (2014) was nominated on behalf of Iceland for the Glass Key Award, an award given annually to a crime novel by a Nordic author.