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Myrna Dey
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Oct. 1 2010 Nunatak First Fiction (Book 30)
When she makes the chance discovery of a framed sepia photograph of her grandmother and her twin sister, RCMP Constable Arabella Dryvynsydes decides to investigate how a picture taken in 1914 in the mining town of Extension, B.C. wound up at a garage sale in small-town Saskatchewan almost one hundred years later. As Arabella sifts through caches of long-forgotten letters and unearths long-buried memories, she pieces together the heartbreaking truth of her family history and resolves a nearly century-old murder. In her debut novel, Myrna Dey skillfully moves back and forth between two time periods and two memorably resourceful heroines.

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Myrna Dey grew up in Calgary and received a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Alberta. Following research in Berlin, she taught and studied in the German department of the University of California, Berkeley, in the mid-’60s. She has also lived in Toronto, and spent six years in Guyana. Since 1976, she and her husband have made their home in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, where they raised their three daughters. Her short stories, articles, and essays have been published in Reader’s Digest, NeWest Review, Canadian Living, the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 16 2011
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This tightly crafted novel successfully weaves two different genres, mystery and historical fiction, into a novel that is greater than the sum of the parts. Extensions includes suspense, drama, tragedy, and comic relief. Most importantly, Dey is equally skilled in plot and character development, two essential ingredients in my most-loved books. As I neared the end, I found myself torn between wanting to read more quickly to tie up the various storylines and wanting to savour the reading slowly so I wouldn't have to say good-bye to Bella and the other characters too soon. I can give no higher praise!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and compelling read. March 7 2013
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I enjoyed this book and liked the juxtaposition of current and historical stories. It was interesting to learn more about the settlement of British Columbia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dey's Dryvynsydes delivers Oct. 30 2010
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In the frenzy to keep up with the incredible mystery writing talent coming out of Scandinavian countries these days, it's heartening to discover an adept new voice here in Canada. Myrna Dey's Extensions begins innocently at a small-town Saskatchewan garage sale and draws us in with a firm gentleness to a mystery that spans geography, cultures, race, sexes, and time.

Her detective, the boldly named Arabella Dryvynsydes, like all great detectives, comes complete with insecurities, a family, police colleagues and a hint of love. But the mysteries of her unknown great-grandmother playing contrapuntally with the mysteries of Dryvynsydes' day job as a major crimes detective are what keep this book intriguing.

Dey has a deft hand with character. We become as invested in characters encountered briefly, like the adolescent child of an alcoholic mother and a long-lost, over-the-top Christian great aunt, as we do with those who form the core of the story.

I hope this book finds a wide audience in Canada and beyond. Extensions doesn't feed on adrenaline, or intellectual complexity, but on the more simple mysteries of human interactions and growth.

I hope Dey has more up her sleeve and we see Dryvynsydes again.
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