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The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter

(Miso Cozy Mysteries #2)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  28 reviews
She’s got her head in the clouds and a taste for solving crime…

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 vo
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Published July 7th 2016
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Trish at Between My Lines
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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.

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 seri
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and started this book as soon as I received my copy. The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter is even better than the first book. The mystery is very well done in this book and the continuity in this series is great to see. We clearly see the results of the events that happened in book 1 and this book nicely builds upon that. So I would definitely recommend to read this series in order to maximum e
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author, S.J. Pajonas, and to Lola @ Lola's Blog Tours for gifting me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review!

This is the second book in the Miso Cozy Mysteries series. The first book, The Daydreamer Detective (my review HERE), has definitely met it's equal with the newest installment. Let me tell you why!

1. The setting. Once again, S.J. Pajonas has rendered me amazed at the atmosphere that is woven in this book. It takes place in most of the same places as the last boo
Patricia Hamill
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
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book and when it releases in July you are in for a treat! I love Mei and in this installment of The Daydreamer Detective series we see Mei grow quite a bit. Her interactions with her boyfriend are sweet, and I adore the "job" she has found and she does a great job at it. Of course, her sleuth skills are top-notch and it's fun to watch her figure out the latest crime. In this book we see sides of Mei we didn't see in the previous book -- a stronger, more assertive ...more
S.J. Pajonas
Apr 14, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
In “The Daydream Detective”, author S. J. Pajonas introduced us to Mei Yamagawa and her friends and neighbors (and a few folks that aren't nearly as friendly) in Chikata, Japan. Mei-chan (more friendly form of Mr. or Ms.) may have identified the murderer in that initial novel, but it ended with a lot of her life in a state of flux.

“The Daydream Detective Braves the Winter” is the follow-up to that initial novel. Like any good cozy mystery, there is a dead body and a mystery as to who killed him.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Things are not going good for Mei and her mother since the barn burned down. They are struggling to stay warm or even have enough to eat. Needless to say, when Yasahiro discovers the conditions they are living in, he is less than displeased.

After a date at a restaurant, Yasahiro and Mei are asked to check on their normal waitress who did not show up for work. She is the owners daughter. Upon arriving at Etsuko's apartment, they discover her door has been broken into, and her body on the floor.

Linda Chance
I love this series! I like “cozy” mysteries set in foreign lands where it feels like you are really getting a taste of the locale (almost literally, as the descriptions of the food make you want to head out to the nearest ramen joint!). Mei is a flawed person who is working toward many life changes. I like the many reoccurring characters in her small town, too. I don’t know how long S.J. Pajones can continue to find ways for Mei to stumble across murder victims, but, it will be a fun series to r ...more
Penny Perez
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Cozy Mystery

I had a lot of fun reading this book. I bought it because I truly enjoyed the first in the series. Did I figure it out ahead of time? Yes, a little. Thankfully I am a little obsessed with the book and the series. On to the next ! You will fall in love with Me I as I have.
Steph Gennaro
Jun 29, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Gerri Alexander
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

I like being in this small town, learning about the people there and seeing the different way they handle things.
Stacia Ahlfeld
This was cute. Chikata was really clear in my mind (autocorrect hates that word though when I review the book). Mei was fun. The other characters were nice too. It was a nice escape.
Nicole M. Hewitt
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book starts out with Mei and her mother suffering the consequences of everything that happened at the end of book one (which I won’t spoil here—I’ll just say that it didn’t go well for poor Mei and some of her worst fears were dragged to the surface). They’re trying to get their lives back together, but the loss of their barn and farming equipment has put them in a very tight spot. Mei’s mother does not want to br
Kelsey Cretcher
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
My hand is out of it's cast so time for a super late review! I recieved an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little mixed on this one, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and was super excited to read this one, but this one was a little less inspired than the first. The book is still a quick, fun read, and some points were improved upon from the last book but others weren't. I'll break it down a little.

This book follow the same main character as the first, di
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
*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 bo
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***This book was reviewed for Lola’s Blog Tours***

The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter is the second of Pajonas’ Miso Cozy Mystery series. It has only been a handful of weeks since Mei’s first harrowing adventure, working to solve the murder of her best friend’s father. Those events strained her relationship with Akiko, but Mei has found a new circle of friends since returning to her childhood home of Chikata, and she has a wonderfully caring new boyfriend.

Unfortunately, disaster is soon
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received this arc in exchange for review.

After the events of book 1, December has set in and it's cold. Mei is recovering from the barn fire and so is her mum and their financial troubles. Mei s mum is fortunate enough to find work but it isn't enough. As Mei wastes away in front of her new boyfriend Yasahiro, she is helping to find the murderer of her sweet friend Etsuko who they were on a group date with the night before.

As the events unfold we find out that there is more to Etsuko s life
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received a free copy of from Lola's Blog Tours and the author in exchange for honest reviews*

I loved this book! The only thing I didn't like...was that it ended! I used to read mystery books, but got good at guessing the ending, so I turned more toward fantasy, but I'm so glad I didn't pass this one up! Not only are the crime and mystery well written and thought out, but you get to know the characters in a way that their joy is your joy, their pain, your pain. I loved meeting new characters a
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Miso Cozy Mystery series written by S.J. Pajonas. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read this one you will want to go back and read the other books in this series. 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. This is a great ...more
Karen Gibbons
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love All Things Japanese

Well written mystery. This story was full of intrigue while enhancing the romance. The mother's willingness to live without heat and enough food and the daughters respect for her mother's desire not to tell their friends were profoundly acts of saving faith in this culture.. ( The Japanese people I knew while living there were generous giving people. ) I'd recommend this and the previous to anyone who wants to expose their reading into a bit of a learning g
experience. I
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second sequel of Miso Cosy Mysteries is about Mei, almost recovered from her physical and psychical injuries related to attempt to her murder, is devastated by the tragic death of her friend. Mei is involved in the investigation, but has to solve another serious problem: how to survive the winter. Together with her mum they are running low on money, so they try to cut off all expenses to minimum, but is it really a good idea? How could Mei herself help their situation when she’s unemployed?

Diane Burton
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Mei is maturing in this 2nd book of the series. From the self-centered girl in the 1st book, she's starting to think of others. I love this progression. Of course, the real point of the book is solving the mystery of her friend's death. Mei's sleuthing skills help her help the police. The more she discovers about her friend, the more she realizes she didn't know her very well. Ms. Pajonas again gives the reader a more in-depth look into every day life in rural Japan. I'll be fir ...more
Anne G. Kasaba
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book or series captures my imagination and draws me into the pages of a book I am reading. This was the case with both Daydream Detective books. I love all the characters who interact with so much caring and compassion with each other. Taking a peek into another culture is always interesting but the author goes beyond that small glimpse and readers are treated to a full view of the Japanese culture and shows readers what it is like to be Japanese.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I was leery of starting the second in case I was disappointed. I needn't have worried. Not only is this second book as good as the first, it's probably even better. Reading 'The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter' is like taking a trip to Japan without leaving your living room. I'm impressed by the author's ability to make japan come to life in my mind - wow. I just hope the wait for the third installment isn't going to be long! ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read the first book and enjoyed the characters immensely, although I felt the plot was a bit predictable. This book continued the character development and had a more interesting plot with some twists. I enjoy SJ Pajonas' writing, and love the immersion into the Japanese culture. This was an enjoyable fun read for me, and I look forward to more books in this series ...more
Ani Gonzalez
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This series gets better and better. The mysteries get more complicated, the romance gets stronger (A lot of cozies are light on the romance and I love that this one is different), and the stakes get higher (the victim is one of Mei's friends, which adds poignancy to the puzzle). The fact that Mei is in a tough financial situations adds to the tension. Great follow-up to The Daydreamer Detective! ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great seies

Love this series. Hope it continues a long time. Great heroine and enjoying Japanese culture throughout the story. Will order more.
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Steph Gennaro is a long-time Japanophile, and she’s been studying Japanese culture and language for over 20 years. She loves dreaming of far-off places, going for walks with her dog, Lulu Ninja Assassin, hanging out with her family, and reading outside in the summertime. There is no better season than summer. She’s a Capricorn, mother, knitter, and web developer, and pasta is her favorite meal. St ...more

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