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on September 28, 2016
Since the main character of this novel is a recovering alcoholic, and I am the daughter/former spouse of alcoholics, I feared I might find it an uncomfortable read. However, the down-to-earth and realistic use of the theme of alcoholism and dysfunction added, I thought, to the story as a whole and was appropriately done. A few tiny errors in grammar could use a really sharp editorial eye, but weren't enough to detract from the storytelling. Some of the characters were honestly and straightforwardly "hateable" (yes, not a real word, I know!) while others were delightful, entertaining, and interesting. The mystery itself was intertwined with past, present, family dysfunction, emotional confusion and impulsive behaviors, which made untangling all the layers quite fascinating. All in all, a very interesting book.
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on September 11, 2014
D.J Adamson’s Lillian Dove is a recovering alcoholic. She doesn’t have issues; she has problems. Calling her mother difficult is like calling Mount Everest a hill. Her sex life is either nonexistent or screwed up. She’s just lost her part-time job answering phones at the Fryville Police Department, leaving her with only the job at the liquor store to support herself.

If all of this isn't bad enough, when she discovers a house fire, she thinks she sees somebody inside. Trying to rescue the person, she burns herself and suffers smoke inhalation, but she can’t get anybody, including the police, to believe there was somebody in the house.

Lillian Dove is a well-rounded character. You feel her desperation and get caught up in her attempts to prove there was somebody in the house. All the characters in Adamson’s book are well developed and convincing. You’ve met them all on the street. And Fryville? I lived there once. The town gossip mill is so busy that everybody in town knows what you’ve done before you do it. As Lillian tries frantically to solve the problem of the fire, what she knows shifts minute by minute as if she were turning a kaleidoscope a notch at a time. Town secrets that weren’t quite secret emerge to complicate matters as events hurtle toward a solution to the crime or to death for Lillian.

ADMIT TO MAYHEM is relentlessly engrossing as you follow a woman you’ve come to care about struggle to do something right for once in her life.

Adamson has announced a sequel. It’s nice to know Lillian will be back.
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on August 1, 2016
I found this story to be okay, or maybe just so so, but it did keep me interested to find out what would happen next. Not sure I like the character Lillian Dove all that much, and her relationship with Charles felt non existent. She starts in telling about him and their night together and then he fires her and any communication between them after that pretty much is just told about in her narration, which is the way most of the book goes. I kept feeling I was reading a Stephanie Plum wannabe story, because the main character keeps getting herself in trouble, but it wasn't quite up to par with that, and Lillian doesn't have Stephanie's sense of humor or smarts in tight places she finds herself in. Don't know if I care to read a sequel.
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on December 3, 2014
I got the biggest kick out of DJ Adamson's spirited sleuth-heroine Lillian Dove. She's a delightful mess, full of contradictory impulses and resolve. A recovering alcoholic who works in a liquor store, keeps a bottle of vodka in her freezer ("just in case"), and whose healthiest relationship is with a cat named "Bacardi," Lillian can be counted on to stick her nose where it shouldn't be and stir up trouble that grows increasingly intriguing and dangerous with each chapter. "Admit to Mayhem" cost me the better part of two night's sleep and I can't wait for the next Lillian Dove Mystery to be released.
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on May 2, 2015
Like a good strip-tease, Admit to Mayhem pulls us along through a delicate dance of twists and turns, surprises and false starts, and richly drawn characters set against a beautifully illustrated backdrop of America’s heartland. The book’s protagonist, Lillian Dove, is a singularly sympathetic character who battles her own multiple demons with one hand, while simultaneously never giving up on her fight to see justice prevail in her small hometown of Frytown, Iowa. A great book to find yourself lost in while rooting for good to triumph over evil.
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on January 25, 2017
was well on the way
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on October 26, 2014
This book is hard to put down, each page keeps you guessing. Many mysteries I can figure out the ending but not this one. If you like mysteries this is a great pick.
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on October 13, 2014
Very good reading. Once you start you don't want to put it down. Can't wait to read book #2
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on October 9, 2014
Good, but has too many less than totally believable twists at the end.
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