This is my stop during the blog tour for The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 4 till 8 April, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 31 march 2016
Luck? Forget it. Mei Yamagawa is fresh out of it. She’s just been downsized from her 3rd job in five years and her bank account is dry. Now, to keep her head above water, she must leave Tokyo and move back to her rural Japanese hometown. And there’s nothing worse than having to face your old rivals and ex-boyfriends as a failure while starting life over as a farm girl.
But when her best friend’s father is murdered, and her best friend is named the main suspect, Mei turns her daydreaming ways towards solving the crime. Between dates disguised as lunches with the town’s hottest bachelor chef, searching for clues, and harvesting sweet potatoes, Mei has a lot of non-paying work cut out for her.
Will she catch the killer before her bad luck turns worse? Or will she fry in the fire with the rest of her dreams of success?
*I would like to thank the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
Right off the bat, let me just say that I will follow S. J. Pajonas anywhere her writing wants to go. I’ve read her sci-fi, contemporary romance, and even her short stories. And now, we come to cozy mysteries. This book is the first I’ve read in that genre, and if it’s anything to go by, I will certainly have to investigate it further.
The titular daydreaming Detective was Mei. She was someone I found to be extremely relatable. As a twenty-six-year-old woman, Mei didn’t really know what to do with her life. Due to losing her job, Mei was forced back home, where she discovered a certain knack for sleuthing. Mei was a bit too blunt at times, speaking before she thought. I went from not liking that about her, to really appreciating it. Her daydreaming was an interesting quirk I haven’t really seen much in adult characters.
This is the first book in a series, so we only just scratched the surface of side characters. So far, though, my favorites are Mei’s mom, and the chef Yasahiro. Mei’s mom was just…great. Even though her daughter wasn’t successful, she was still there for Mei. I think that being proud of someone who still hasn’t quite figured out their place in the world is a pretty awesome thing, and I just loved Mei’s mom. Yasahiro was interesting. A chef trained in France, he came back to his home nation of Japan, and started a high-end restaurant in Mei’s little hometown. He could easily have been arrogant, but he wasn’t. I actually found him pretty sweet, and I liked that he wasn’t scared off by Mei’s directness.
This story was pretty fun. It followed Mei as she lost her job in Tokyo and then came back home to regroup. Upon arriving though, Mei quickly got swept up in the mystery of who killed her childhood best friend’s father. Along the way, Mei rediscovered her love for art, and found out that traditional Japanese food may not be as bad as she’d always made it out to be. I found the story to be an interesting mix of mystery, growth, and a look at how a person changes from when they’re a teenager to an adult. The only downsides were that I guessed the villain pretty early on, and I sometimes found Mei a bit too quick to run away from her problems.
All in all, I’m happy I followed S. J. into the cozy mystery genre. I was very excited to see that she’d set the book in Japan, once again. And in a small farming town, no less! Mei was a mostly likable protagonist whom I felt grew into a very likable one. The side characters were intriguing, too. I will definitely be back for more of this series.
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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at http://www.spajonas.com.
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There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Daydreamer. There will be two winners:
– One US Resident will win: One paperback copy of Adult Coloring Book Japan, One Signed Copy of The Daydreamer Detective, One signed copy of Removed, and a surprise flavor of Pocky!
– One International Resident will win: One ebook copy of The Daydreamer Detective, One ebook copy of Removed, and One ebook of each Rice Cooker Revenge, Washing Statue Wanderlust, and Mamachari Matchmaker
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