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The Daydreamer Detective Returns a Favor

(Miso Cozy Mysteries #4)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Mei can never catch a break from mysteries!

With her tea shop now open and living her dream life married to Yasahiro Suga, she's just trying to avoid bad luck and live a normal life. But when a friend shows up asking for help with an old missing person's case, Mei can’t resist the pull of a mystery unsolved. She knew the young woman who went missing and had always wondered
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published January 17th 2018 by Onigiri Press
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Gah this was such a good book, the mystery took me completely by surprise which is rare and it was such an unique type of mystery as well. And the characters are so great to read about, I am so happy there was more Mei and Yasa scenes in this book, they are so great together. And besides the mystery there are so many other things going on, other side plot lines, relationship plot lines, the tea shop, Mei's pregnant a
I don't remember how I found this series, but I started the first book a couple weeks ago on a whim to see what it was like. I was hoping it would be a little different and entertaining take on one of my favorite genres (cozy mysteries), but it ended up sucking me in completely and I read all the available books, including the novella, in a row! This left me feeling surprised for two reasons: I was happy to have found a new series I really enjoy, yet conflicted because I like it despite nuances ...more
Carysa Locke
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How much do I love this series? So much! Do you have certain books that just feel like curling up next to a warm fire on a winter day? That's what these books feel like for me. I love them! I love Mei and her penchant for investigation, her chef boyfriend and his delicious sounding food, and all of the fun characters of their little farming community in Japan.

Speaking of which, I love that this series is set in Japan. A lot of genre literature is a lot of the same. Same small town, same cast of
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mei is enjoying her new tea shop. When her friend Akai inherited the Fukuda house, she ask Mei to oversee the removal of all the accumulated stuff, and keep an eye out for any hint of what happened to her best friend. Ten years earlier, Ria just disappeared and was never heard from again.

While investigating Ria's disappearance, Mei has several encounters with a cop who has it in for her, relations with her mom become strained to the point they are not talking, and they also get to deal with a ca
Anne G. Kasaba
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love this series! Since reading the first book, I have felt I was coming home. Each successive book in the series enhances that feeling.

Mei is once again drawn into a criminal investigation, only this time it’s a cold case. As she gets closer to the truth she endangers herself and her baby.

I have always been angry with the way Mei’s mother treats her and happy that her husband and friends are there to buoy her up when she needs it. This time, finally Mei’s mother gets it and seems to come ar
Donna Mitchell
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of drama and surprises

I have enjoyed this series a lot as Mei develops into a more responsible and loving adult, continuing to work on her family's farm while also running her tea shop and solving another mystery, that of a missing girl whose best friend from high school asks Me I to find. In this book, the dead body doesn't show up until close to the end of the book, but it is no surprise to the reader that the missing girl was murdered. The surprise was the identity of the killer. Other d
Lisa Elwood
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Modern Japan

I’ve enjoyed this series and plan to continue to the next book. A lot of mysteries set in Japan are historical and I enjoy the fact that these are set in the modern era. I also appreciate that the characters and their relationships are not static. Mei and her mother have gone through many ups and downs as families do. I find the mystery interesting but as in the other books, it is almost incidental to Mei’s daily life and relationships, which is fine by me in a “cozy”.
Diane Burton
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read the other 3 books in this series. I think this is the best. More emotional, more insight into Mei's personality. Ms. Pajonas shares her knowledge of Japan and its culture in an easy way that does not feel like an info-dump. I was so proud of her husband, Yasahiro, when he came to her defense after her mother's verbal attack. Mei deserved someone to have her back, and he does. A very good mystery--a missing person--but the family dynamics overshadows the mystery. Well done, Ms. Pajonas. ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mei-Chan and her mother are having problems.

The first thing is Akai asks Mei to help her clean out a house, belonging to a family that lost their daughter, the.n her mother becomes very strange finally telling Mei that people think she's a witch and then a typhoon, brings more interesting things.

Read and enjoy.
Karen Gibbons
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Ichiban means number one in Japanese. This mystery series is a true adventure. I am left hanging on the who done it and have yet to figure out the villain. Having lived in Japan for three years as a military nurse in the 1970's puts me at cultural advantage, but a mystery is a mystery!
April Jones
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great series

I love the glimpse I get of life in rural Japan. The characters are fun and well developed and still manage to surprise me. I recommend this series to all cozy readers.
3.5 stars
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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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  • The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter (Miso Cozy Mystery #2)
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