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.The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter by S.J. Pajonas
Published by self published on 7 July 2016
Genres: cosy mystery
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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.
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!
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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.