Friday, July 15, 2016

Cozy Mystery Review: The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter by S.J. Pajonas

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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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The Daydreamer Detective Braves the WinterThe Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter (Miso Cozy Mysteries #2)
By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 7 July 2016

Blurb:
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.
My Review:
The Daydreamer Detective is back, and plunging temperatures and finances have thrown her and her mom into dire straits. Add to that a shocking murder, a promise to get to the truth, and a drive to also make enough money to get through the winter, and Mei has her work cut out for her.

This was another delightful cozy mystery/romance. Mei’s a sweet girl, but tough. I love how she strives to be self-sufficient, but still caves enough when needed. I also enjoy how she’s just a regular girl trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life and how she just happens to be caught up in solving a crime. And what an ending! The danger builds and builds as the story progresses, ending in a satisfying and thrilling finale.

As for the romance, it seems realistic, but in a good way. It left me with warm fuzzy feelings and high hopes, but there’s still room for further developments in the coming books. The romance isn’t really the focus of the story, but it’s important to it.

The length of the book is also a plus here, at least for me. It’s a nice sized book, but it doesn’t feel like a long book.

Overall, I loved this book. It’s a fun read with a good dose of romance, mystery and danger. Folks who love cozy mysteries in far off places will likely enjoy this story.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from the author via Lola’s Blog Tours in order to provide this review.

You can find The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter on Goodreads

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The First book in the series:
The Daydreamer DetectiveThe Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries #1)
By SJ Pajonas
Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 31 march 2016

Blurb:
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?
You can check out my review of book #1 here.

You can find The Daydreamer Detective on Goodreads

You can get your free copy of The Daydreamer Detective here:
- Amazon
- B&N
- Kobo
- iBooks

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SJ PajonasAbout the Author:
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.

You can find and contact SJ Pajonas here:
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Giveaway
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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