SÓLVEIG PÁLSDÓTTIR

Icelandic author, recently translated into English with the acclaimed novels The Fox and Silenced in her Ice and Crime series.

Biography

Sólveig has a diverse background. She’s a trained actor and has performed in theatre, television and radio. She holds a bachelor‘s degree in literature from the University of Iceland along with a degree in teaching. Sólveig taught Icelandic literature and linguistics, drama and public speaking for many years and has produced a number of radio programmes and managed cultural events. When she started writing some years ago, her writing career took off quickly. All her novels have been shortlisted for the Icelandic Crime Fiction Awards and have been praised for their narrative, attention to detail and sympathetic characters. Sólveig lives in Reykjavík and is married with three children.
Read more at her website.

Books

Ice and Crime series:

The Fox (Ice and Crime #1)
2020
Translated by Quentin Bates
Original title: Refurinn (2017)
Hoping to put behind him a tragedy in his professional life and to resolve the turmoil in his personal life, Reykjavík police officer Guðgeir Fransson has moved to a small town in eastern Iceland. His detective’s instincts are triggered when he hears about a foreign woman who arrived in this tiny tight-knit community – and then disappeared as suddenly as she had appeared. The trail of the missing woman takes him back to Reykjavík, and then to a remote farmhouse beneath dark mountains where an elderly woman and her son live with their sinister past.

Reviews:
Crime Fiction Lover
Crime Time


Silenced (Ice and Crime #2)
2021
Translated by Quentin Bates
Original title: Fjötrar (2019)
As a police team is called in to investigate a woman’s suicide at the Hólmsheiði prison outside Reykjavík, it looks like a tragic but straightforward case. But there are hundreds of recently drawn pictures of the same man in the cell. These spark the interest of detective Guðgeir Fransson and he starts to investigate Kristín Kjarr’s troubled background. His search leads him to a series of brutal crimes committed twenty years before and the unexplained disappearance of the prime suspect in connection with a massive earthquake. At the same time the Reykjavík police struggle to deal with a spate of fresh attacks that bear all the hallmarks of a copycat.

Reviews:
Crime Fiction Lover
Nordic Lighthouse