Book Review : The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. Pajonas

November 4, 2016 Book review 19 ★★★★

The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. Pajonas ticked all the boxes for an entertaining cosy read.  It hooked me in with the fabulous setting and kept me entertained all the way through.

Book Review : The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. PajonasThe Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter by S.J. Pajonas
Published by self published on 7 July 2016
Genres: cosy mystery
Pages: 226
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

addictive CRIME Murder Mystery Refreshing

First Line of The Daydreamer Detective by S. J. Pajonas

“I wished I could’ve erased the last two months and lived in that moment forever.”

My Thoughts on The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. Pajonas

I ADORE the location of this series.  It’s set in Japan, in a rural town and I just can’t get enough of this setting.  I’ve learnt about Japanese customs, food and beliefs from this series and it has given a serious case of wanderlust.

First up this is book 2 in The Miso Cozy Mysteries and they need to be read in order.  So if you haven’t read The Daydreamer Detective, stop now!  Instead go read that review and then the book instead.  Then come back!

I care about Mei as a character.  She is brave, resilient and proud but not unbelievably so.  I enjoy the glimpses into her flaws as they really flesh her out and make her life-like.

In this book, there is another murder to solve.  But there is also a winter to get through.  A winter where money is too tight to mention.  Literally.  Mei and her mother are broker than broke, but her mother doesn’t want any one to know.  Mei’s mother is proud and resourceful.  They will just have to make do on limited means and rations and struggle on.  I really enjoyed this storyline as tight budgeting is reality for so many but isn’t talked about much in books.

But it’s not all murder and money worries.  There is a sweet romance to lighten and lift.  I loved watching the couple grow closer, learn more about each other and fall further in love.

Highlights of The Daydreamer Detective by S. J. Pajonas

  • Fascinating Japanese culture to be absorbed
  • A puzzling murder
  • Interesting family dynamics
  • An emotionally satisfying romance

What more could you want? I loved it!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Daydreamer Detective by S. J. Pajonas

I’d highly recommend this series to all those who love cosy mysteries and/or Japanese settings.  If you enjoyed the first book, The Daydreamer Detective, then I think you will be just as happy with this one.  In fact I’d recommend any of S.J. Pajonas books to you as I’ve loved them all and feel she is very underrated as an author.


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19 Responses to “Book Review : The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. Pajonas”

  1. Lola

    Pajonas her books always make me want to visit Japan, but I am glad I can do so through her books. I sure have learned a lot about the country and culture through her books.
    I am glad you enjoyed this one. I read it a while ago and I think I enjoyed it even more than the first book. I also like Mei as a characters, I like reading about her. Tight budgeting isn’t something I encounter in many books, so it was interesting to see that get addressed her. And I love the romance in this series, they are so sweet together! Great review!
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Kitchen: Sweet Tofu Curry Recipe

    • trish

      I love visiting countries via books and it’s such a fun way to experience a flavour of what living in another country is like. I loved all the same things you did and I’m already looking forward to book 3.

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Okay, so I had to stop since I haven’t read book #1 but it seems like you really enjoyed this one, Trish. And the first one as well. I’ve thought about giving Pajonas a go since Lola enjoys her writing so much. Now I’ll have to get her queued up since TWO of my blogging friends approve. 😀
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  3. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I’ve never read any books set in Japan. That’s cool that you’ve actually learned about the culture from reading this series 🙂 And you’re right, financial troubles aren’t something you see in a lot of books. Usually characters just randomly have loads of money even when they don’t seem to have jobs lol. So I think that’d be an interesting thing to read about too. Glad you enjoyed the book!
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…Book Review: The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier

    • trish

      It really was an interesting backdrop for the mystery and I’m loving this series. And right, most characters never seem to have to think about money!

  4. Kate

    Sounds like a great read. I love novels that really take you to the setting. Good world building is an essential for me.

    • trish

      I love great world-building as it really immerses you in the setting. And yes, it’s a really enjoyable read 🙂

  5. Rita

    You know, I love mysteries and sometimes cozies but have never read one set in Japan! That’s hard to believe, considering all the books I read, but I don’t think authors who write mysteries set there are featured here in the U.S. From your glowing review, and I remember you talking about book #1, and also Lola above, I think I’ll put this on my list. It might be hard to find, being self-pub, except for buying it outright. If the price is right, I might.
    Rita recently posted…Q is for Questions and Q is for Quiz

    • trish

      SJ is an American author so you’ll find her on amazon easily Rita, but yes it would probably be harder to find in other outlets like libraries etc. I just checked though and the kindle price of the first book is $3.99, so that’s not too bad.

  6. Rita

    I’ve not read a book set in Asia, specifically Japan, in ages! This sounds like a fun series, and I’m glad that you are hooked by it– that says a lot about the writing style. I would’ve passed it by, with it being self-pub and no lush cover, but it’s the story that’s important.
    Rita recently posted…Q is for Questions and Q is for Quiz

    • trish

      I hope you do Maureen and if you do, let me know what you think. If you like cosy mysteries and Japan, then you can’t go wrong.

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