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The Daydreamer Detective Returns A Favor (Miso Cozy Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1414 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 214 pages
- Publisher : Onigiri Press (January 17, 2018)
- Publication Date : January 17, 2018
- ASIN : B076NLXSDH
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #304,456 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Overall, the books are very well written. Writing style good, clean read, minimal editing flaws, all of those things are great, and probably had a lot to do with why I was able to overlook some things.
I am not overly familiar with Japanese culture, modern or no, which means I can't really verify that no liberties were taken. But, from what I /do/ know? It seemed accurate. So, any new knowledge I gleaned in this area while reading, I trusted the information and found it interesting, which means I grew to appreciate another culture even more than I had previously. Also, the cultural aspects never felt out of place or like they were just thrown in--they felt seamless and it was always just the right amount of detail I needed at the right time.
Despite suffering through Mei's endless, ENDLESS waffling about eeeeverything (her "luck," her husband, her mom, her purpose in life, her friendships, her intelligence, her work, her mystery solving, her intuition, her art abilities...) and perpetually self-deprecating and self-doubting nature through every book, I couldn't help but like her. I can't explain it. Usually this kind of woe-is-me protagonist drives me nuts and I abandon the book. Even when Mei predictably got pregnant, a circumstance which also usually turns me off a book, I still couldn't help but like her. Her flaws aside (which there is something to be said for her not being too perfect, which can also be irritating), she is kind, wants the best for everyone, is clever and intelligent, and is doing her best to find herself and come into her own, which is a struggle I think we can all relate to in any culture. Thinking on it now as I type this, I think the cultural aspects being so well explained and addressed at logical times helped me better understand Mei's struggles, which were largely framed by (and a product of) the context of her culture.
So many tragic circumstances kept piling up in this book (they pile up in the others too, but not at this magnitude!) that it grew to be a little hilarious and over-the-top, but somehow it all still felt natural and genuine, even when you add in all the character conflicts and growth that occurs as a result. It was like the original Nancy Drew stories where tragedy after tragedy occurs, except times ten!
By dint of being a cozy mystery, the books in this series are a little formulaic; however, they also have spirit, personality, and style--and some surprises! I could predict some of the things that would happen, but I was definitely caught off guard by other bits. It seems to me that the author has a clear outline for where she wants things to go with the story and characters, but it doesn't feel forced. She is guiding us toward those eventualities by laying the foundations in each book, while her writing style allows freedom of movement in the smaller details that give the story life and dimension in how we (book characters and readers) get there in the end.
I look forward to reading this series as it progresses!
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 category two typhoons.
This is the last of this series, and I was sorry to see it end. I have hopes that there will be more in the future.
Read and enjoy.