Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter by SJ Pajonas. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 11 till 15 July, you can view the complete tour schedule here. There’s a tour wide giveaway during this tour, the giveaway can be found at the bottom of this post.
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December has set in and just when the rural town of Chikata is recovering from one murder, Mei and her new boyfriend, Yasahiro, find their friend, Etsuko, dead in her apartment. Etsuko was sweet and talented, and now everyone suspects her longtime boyfriend killed her. Mei doesn’t believe it, though, and she vows to help solve the crime.
But Mei has more to think about than murder. With the barn gone and their vegetable stores destroyed, she and her mother are down to their last canned goods and no money for heat. Mei’s mom is fortunate to find work, but Mei must fend for herself, get a job, and keep their financial situation a secret from Yasahiro. In pursuit of paying work, she stumbles onto a new witness to the crime, and before long, the dead woman’s secret life unravels before everyone’s eyes. Half-starving and out of her element, Mei is on thin ice, and it’s going to take a whole lot of ingenuity and quick thinking to solve the crime before the killer gets to her as well.
*I’d like to thank the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
About two months ago, I was given the chance to read book one of this series, which I really liked. It was my first cozy mystery book, and I really wanted to try more. Well, TBR piles being what they are, I ended up getting distracted by other books. Therefore, this second novel in the Miso Cozy Mystery series was my second experience with this genre, which is a good thing. This book was just as strong as book one, and maybe even better in some ways.
I really liked Mei in this story. Due to the traumatic events of book one, she became a lot more cautious of people. She still would do anything for anyone, which is a huge part of why I liked her, but you could definitely tell Mei was more paranoid about things. I found that to be very realistic. Another aspect of Mei’s character I appreciated was that she was willing to admit when she was being overly jealous, or things like that. Plus, I found her very relatable, as once again, Mei struggled to find work while solving a murder mystery, and dreaming up a possible new future.
The side characters were as great as they were in book one, and in some cases, even better. Yasahiro was someone I definitely liked a lot in this book. I mean, he was a super-sensitive guy who knew Mei’s thoughts almost before she spoke them. It made for some amazing romance, because these two rarely had communication issues. Plus, Yasahiro was just a great guy, and only wanted the best for Mei. I loved Mei’s mom too, although she was a little irritating at the beginning of the book. She did end up learning from it, though. I got quite attached to Goro, a police officer and friend to Mei. Goro was a really fun character who also cared about the community and his family. I was intrigued at seeing his decency compete with his wanting to uphold the law.
This story followed Mei as she attempted to find work and solve a murder mystery. The fact that the victim was a friend of hers made things that much more sad and tense. I didn’t guess everything about the mystery, but I figured out who the key player was a little while before Mei did. What helped to make this book so fun for me was watching Mei come up with a part-time job. She ended up working with the elderly, charging them for her aid with things like cleaning, running errands, and ensuring that they got to appointments and other places they wanted to go. All of this definitely made me like her character even more. It helped that she really grew in this story. Mei started out this book a bit depressed, but ended it with some more scars and also hope for the future. I liked watching that growth.
If you can’t guess from my thoughts above, I’m definitely recommending this story. I think I liked this just a tiny bit better than book one, what with all the character growth that went on here. The mystery was intriguing, though like I said, I did guess the key player. I didn’t mind, however, as watching Mei’s journey was just so intriguing. With the way the novel ended, I’m now eagerly awaiting more books in this series.
The First book in the series:
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?
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter. One winner will win a bundle of S. J. Pajonas ebooks. Including: Removed, Revealed, Washing Statue Wanderlust, and The Daydreamer Detective.
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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.