The Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries, #1)

The Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries, #1)

by S. J. Pajonas

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She's got her head in the clouds and a taste for solving crime…
Mei Yamagawa is out of luck and out of money. After five years in Tokyo, she has little to show for it besides a laundry list of unrealized dreams. Left without a choice, she returns to her rural Japanese hometown, ready to be branded a failure by her relatives and rivals. At the least, she looks forward to seeing her best friend, until Akiko is accused of murdering her own father.
As Mei helps her farmer mother with the crops, she scouts for clues to clear her friend's name. But during her investigation, she can't help but notice the celebrity chef looking in her direction. The amateur detective can balance a new love interest and a murder case… can't she?
To clear her friend of the crime and find the real killer, Mei's going to need every last ounce of her imagination… and just a pinch of luck.
The Daydreamer Detective is the savory starter to the Miso Cozy series of cozy mystery novels. If you like twisty plots, delectable food descriptions, and rural Japanese towns, then you'll love S. J. Pajonas' culinary tale.
Buy The Daydreamer Detective today to savor every last morsel of a delicious mystery!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152843095
Publisher: Onigiri Press
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Series: Miso Cozy Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,492
File size: 510 KB

About the Author

Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. 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 

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The Daydreamer Detective (Miso Cozy Mysteries, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It was hard for me to put this down! I enjoyed reading Mei's adventures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable! I’m on to book #2!
Dizneyfreek More than 1 year ago
DUMB! I'm interested in the Japanese culture but that didn't save this lousy book. It's boring, the characters aren't interesting and the main character is just dumb. Grow up chick! (Thank goodness it was free -- it was dumped after about 6 chapters)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read, set in Japan, mostly in a close-knit rural farming community. I liked reading a mystery set in a different country, and the author added just enough little cultural touches to make it interesting. I also liked the main characters and the relationship between the mother and daughter. The mystery was intriguing. I look forward to reading another book by this author. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book but it was hard ti follow with all their names
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this mystery and the characters. Learned a lot about Japanese culture. Lml
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been to Japan and don't know how authentic the characters truly are. This book,however, is quite interesting and I found the descriptions of rural Japanese culture and the human relationships interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and entertaining the setting and cultural references made it even more delightful just couldnt put it fown Off to buy the sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning more about the Japanese culture. The love between daughter and mother and the generational differences provide an interesting read.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
S.J. Pajonas has built a small fictitious town and a community of people somewhere between Tokyo and Nagano. The book “The Daydreamer Detective” begins with that community's population increasing by one – departed daughter Mei Yamagawa has lost her job in Tokyo and is returning home to plan her next steps. One thing she definitely does NOT expect is that she will immediately come across Akiko, her best friend in high school and Akiko's brother Toma, a former boyfriend, who have literally just lost their father. AND that the man's death will be determined to be murder. I found the book and its characters to be quite engaging – I won't say “surprised” to discover this, but as the author was new to me and it was the first book in her series, it can be hit or miss as to whether the book will be one's cup of tea. Once I finish this review, I plan to follow the author links provided at the end of the book so that I can learn about future books in the series. RATING: 4 stars DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book in a random draw. An honest review was requested, with an implied hope of promptness, but this was neither mandated nor agreed to as a condition of acceptance.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author, S.J. Pajonas, as well as Lola's Blog Tours for gifting me with a copy of The Daydreamer Detective in exchange for an honest review! I really loved this book, honestly. It was such a... nice mystery. Yes, it was about a murder, but somehow the whole book wasn't sinister. There are just a few tiny things that would have made it even more perfect. Let's jump in! 1. The mystery itself. So this book is centered around a murder mystery. Mei (our MC) comes back to her home town to find that her best friend's father has died. At first, everyone believes it was natural causes but the autopsy soon reveals it's anything but. As I said in the intro, this was such a nice mystery. While it is about a murder, it didn't have that overly sinister feel for the entire book. There were nice breaks which I'll talk about in the next section. Mei's journey to solving the mystery along with the police office Goro is really interesting to follow. While it didn't really have any major twists, there were some small ones that kept me interested. I loved the way it ended up! It's also really fun to follow along with Mei as she tries to figure it out. She isn't really an actual detective, it's just how crimes are solved in her small town that has virtually no crime. So she's pretty inexperienced and Google is one of her main sources of information which I actually really liked because I could picture myself doing that! It's nice to get away from the professionals once in a while. 2. All of the other plot lines. There are several other plot lines going at the same time as the mystery. I really liked how the two interacted simply because Mei isn't an ordinary detective and it just fit her life perfectly. There is a romance which I found so adorable as well as different events that force Mei to examine her life path. These plot lines also had a wonderful effect on the mystery story line. It broke it up a bit which kept the book from getting too dark. 3. The characters. For the most part, I really liked all of the characters. They all had their different characteristics which was interesting to explore. I do wish some of the characters had been a bit more fleshed out (such as Akiko). Sometimes I had difficulties remembering specific characters and their relationship to other characters. I don't know if it's simply because I'm unused to reading Japanese names or what. 4. The setting. This was actually my favorite part. I haven't read many books that take place in Japan and I've always found the different contrasting parts of their culture fascinating. Such as how Mei (who's lived in a big city like Tokyo for the past few years) comes to this small town where a lot of the older customs are still around. It's really cool to me how the Japanese culture is evolving but still staying the same. On a more micro scale, I could picture every scene and I loved getting to know the different places in the town and how they reflect the Japanese culture. The Final Verdict: A wonderfully warm mystery that still felt sinister, but never became too creepy. It kept a nice balance between the parts of the MC's life. The characters were very nice although a few could use a bit more fleshing out. The shining star of this book is the setting. 4.5 stars Quotes: "'Sake for lunch and a rosemary plant.' 'A rosemary plant? I can't keep anything alive.'"
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book! The mystery was a tad predictable and I would've liked a few more twists or surprises, but I did like how Mei got into the investigation and helped out. It also was interesting to learn a bit more about how Japanese law and police works, the author sure did her research. I liked the Japanese settings and the use of some Japanese words and mentions of food which added to the feel. I really liked Mei, she was a great main character. Her mother is a great side character and I really liked her. There is some romance which was a nice addition and I really liked Mei and Yasahiro together. All in all a great start of the series and I can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So what happened with Xalia?