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.
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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.
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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?
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Murata’s apartment was warm and stuffy as I sorted through the first pile of magazines and newspapers she directed me to. In anticipation of a large amount of recycling, Murata had handed me the recycling guidelines for Chikata as I walked through the door. Of course, I knew them by heart, but it was sweet she thought I needed them.
Trash and recycling in Japan were a serious business. We were an island nation, and we only had so much space to put waste. Everything was either recycled or burned. Thankfully, Murata had many of the required recycling bags, but I’d have to pick up more the next day before coming over. They were sold in the local convenience stores, and she’d cover the cost. I had to bag her old magazines and newspapers and bring them all downstairs to the paper bins for her apartment building.
“I would have done it myself,” she said to me as I sorted through her paper collection. “But they were so heavy. I used to drag them down the stairs, but the bags ripped too often. So I gave up and just let them pile up.”
“Why don’t you stop the deliveries?”
“Crazy girl! I actually read them, you know?” She smacked me playfully on my shoulder. “I don’t have a computer so this is the only way I stay up to date on anything.”
I knelt down as there was a knock on the door. “Do you want me to get that?” I gestured at the door but she shook her head. “They’ll stop distributing paper eventually, though, Murata-san. You can’t deny technology forever.”
She hobbled to the door. “Hopefully, they’ll keep coming until I’m dead.”
“Well, isn’t that cheerful?” Sheesh. The whole elderly mindset was so final, but I kind of enjoyed the raw reality. There was something comforting about knowing you only had so much time left, so you made the most of it. This was nothing like the terrifying feeling of seeing your life come to an end at the age of twenty-six. I stared into space, the flames in the barn swirling around me. “You had a second chance, and look what you did with it. Nothing.” I’m doing something now, Tama.
Shaking away the daydream, I counted the papers in the stack in front of me. Murata wanted to clean up her place so she could entertain and see people in her last years, and I admired that. I was happy to help her.
About 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.
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