Admit to Mayhem

  • by D. J. Adamson
  • Narrated by Jan Kennedy
  • 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What happens in Iowa doesn't necessary stay out of the news.
This Midwestern state is the setting for the Lillian Dove Mystery Series. My family roots have grown deep in Iowa since the 1860s. The protagonist of the series Lillian Dove is a recovering alcoholic, but her addition is not the major theme of the series. Lillian is attempting to learn what she and life may have looked like before her first drink:
"There is no graduation from alcoholism. Or life, for that matter. I am also addicted to Pepsi, chocolate, men, being afraid, being afraid of not being afraid, men - again - and my independence, co-dependence, and unsettling ability to fail no matter my attempt. There are other compulsions and bad habits, but I can't think of them right now. Memory loss, see? And I obsess on how much I forget if I remember. Giving up alcohol turned out to be easier than changing some of my other behaviors.
Especially my bad judgment when it comes to men. The type of man I'm most attracted to is like a tall, Tom Collins on a sweltering, summer day: gin, a little lemon - but not too sour - with sweet syrup and bubbly soda. It's hard to resist, even if I know it's not good for me.
I've pledged a Tom-Collins-abstinence."
While Admit to Mayhem has a sliver of romance, it is an amateur sleuth, woman protagonist, Midwest noir novel.

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A great story

I wasn't too sure about this book in the beginning as it got a little explicit which is the very last thing I want in a book. I gave it a chance and stuck it out. I was really surprised at how much I did end up liking the book. The narrator was great at giving the characters their own personalities. This book had humor mixed throughout the mystery which I really love being able to have a good chuckle admist the chaos. It was really sad when the older woman that lived in the house before died. I wasn't expecting that nor whom the perp turned out to be. This was a great start to what seems will be a great series. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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- Lisa Harris

Well written!

If you could sum up Admit to Mayhem in three words, what would they be?

an alcoholic's mystery


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The twists and turns held my attention throughout.


What does Jan Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her sensitivity brought Lillian to life.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lillian thought that maybe her mom had done the best that she could do with the knowledge that she had at the time.


Any additional comments?

"I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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- Susan Patterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2016
  • Publisher: Horatio Press