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LET HER GO: Lillian Dove Mystery
by D. J. Adamson

About the Book

LET HER GO: Lillian Dove Mystery
Suspense Mystery
3rd in Series
Horatio Press (November 6, 2018)
Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN-10: 1732672210
ISBN-13: 978-1732672215
Digital ASIN: B07G9TTMZ5

Murder. Betrayal. Love Gone Wrong

With her ability to present clues without giving away the endings and offering surprising twists encouraging the reader to the next page, D. J. Adamson delves into a family tragedy ending up in murder and a teenage daughter missing. When Lillian Dove finds herself involved in the police investigation, she realizes the daughter holds the key to unravel who killed her mother.

It is three days before Christmas when Lillian Dove comes across Dr. Conrad standing out in front of his house, covered in blood. When going inside the house to help other members of his family, she finds his wife killed, his son seriously injured, and his teenage daughter, Peyton Clayton, missing. Even more shocking, the police suspect Dr. Conrad. Understanding how emotional dilemmas have strained the family emboldens Lillian to help Detective Jacque Leveque, Major Crimes Detective for the Frytown Police Department, find the prime witness to the Conrad truths.

Let Her Go is a nerve-wracking exploration into a family lost, and the extent love elicits both the good and the bad. In this Third Step in Personal Recovery Lillian works to find Peyton Clayton, while battling the worse arctic freeze in Frytown’s history, untangling human frailties, and confronting the ghosts of Christmas.

Character Guest Post



Lillian’s nemesis in all three books of the Lillian Dove series is Detective of Major Crimes, Jacque Leveque.  Lillian sees him as a “player, and she feels she has gravitated to this type of man all her life and it’s one of the reasons she has yet to find a solid relationship.

“Detective Jacque Leveque, Major Crimes Detective for the Frytown Police. He is thought to be a major player in the dating world of Frytown. He was a thorn in my side while working at the Frytown Police Department. He didn’t appreciate my non-adherence to his dimples or his gym-membership bulging biceps. Or the cocky way he had of tilting his head when you talked to him, like a puppy giving you its full attention. Only, his eyes never raised above chest level.”

When Chief Charles Kaefring begins to show her notice, she begins to think her luck with men is changing. Yet, she also realizes he, too, is flawed. But his position in the police department and his being older than she, by five years, helps her dismiss anything she might find wrong.

“When I went to buy the tree last night at Roth’s Hardware, I bumped into Charles Kaefring. Charles is Chief of the Frytown Police Department. We once had a romantic interest going until he laid me off from work. And until I found out he was married. Since then, I’ve kept a wide birth from giving him any idea I might be interested in further developments.

 I may have been an alchie, but that doesn’t mean I abandoned my ethics.

Okay, I’m not perfect.  We had a minor slip in October. After coming home from the hospital after apprehending the corporate-mafia-don, I came home to a dark, lonely house. 

Charles stopped by to make sure I was okay.

We fell into bed.

We were both exhausted. We’d faced life and death. Seeking each other was a natural reaction.

One slip.

I’ve sworn-off another. I’ve invested in some non-slippery activities that don’t take me into Charles’s arena. Until last night. The Christmas tree lot at Roth’s Hardware. He was on the other side of the tree I wanted to buy.

“No, please, you take it,” he’d said. “There are plenty here to choose from.”

“No, this one’s yours,” I’d said. “The lot is full of trees. Unattached trees. Trees without…”

“Are we still talking about trees?” he asked.


A love interest in a story is telling when writing about a female character. Lillian wants a new life and she wants to abandon old habits that might keep her down. Charles is someone she thinks she can admire. He’s protective of her. She thinks she can see herself in his eyes.


            “… being alone with Charles in his office. His coming up to me. The way he has of making me feel as nothing bad will ever happen if I’m with him. The strength of his arms as he holds me. The taste of his mouth.

            Good grief, if Charles were a bottle of Absolut, I’d be falling over drunk.”


            Two men, one naughty, one nice. The motive of having these two characters in the novel is not to just cause sexual tension, but to emphasize that Lillian is an “every woman” looking for love to substantiate herself. This does not mean to say that all of us have been pulled to fall in love with someone only because he/she makes us feel complete, but that a great many of us look beyond ourselves to acknowledge our needs.

These two men are fun right now in Lillian’s life and offer her a romantic suspense while dealing with her mysteries. They give her, and the reader spark. They add to the conflict. And as readers continue in the series, it will be interesting to discover which relationship, if either, wins out. Or will there be someone new in the next Lillian?


About the Author

D. J. Adamson is an award-winning author for both her mystery novels and her science fiction novel. She is the editor of Le Coeur de l’Artiste, a newsletter which reviews books, and a blog, L’Artiste with offers authors the venue to write on craft, marketing, and the creative mind. D.J. teaches writing and literature, and to keep busy when she is not writing or teaching, she has been a board member of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles and Sisters in Crime Central Coast, a member of the Southern California Mystery Writers Organization, California Writers Club and Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Society.  Her books can be found and purchased in bookstores and on Amazon. To find her, her blog L’Artiste, or newsletter go to http://www.djadamson.com.

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