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Final Draft

Shelley Burbank

Sin, suffer... stakeout?

While untangling an academic plagiarism case involving a well-known author and his troubled protege, private investigator Olivia Lively learns that when it comes to life, love, and authorship, the lines can get pretty fuzzy.

Olivia Lively's private investigation business might be flourishing, but her private life is a mess. Her latest romantic mistake is stalking her, her socialite mother is trying to hook her up with a commitment-minded cardiologist, and her best friend is struggling to start a family and is totally fed up with Liv's drama.

So when graduate writing student Cooper Tedeschi begs Liv to prove that his professor-one of the most famous novelists in the country-stole his manuscript, Liv is grateful for the distraction and is soon entangled in the competitive world of academia. Meanwhile, the hot heart doc her mother has chosen for her surprises Liv in more ways than one, and Liv's conniving ex isn't quite done playing with her yet.

As the plagiarism case grows more complicated, and her private life more confusing, Liv learns that the line between truth and fiction-and right and wrong-is not always clearly defined.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Encircle Publications, LLC
  • Publish Date: Mar 8th, 2023
  • Pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.50in - 5.50in - 0.67in - 0.84lb
  • EAN: 9781645994428
  • Categories: Mystery & Detective - Private InvestigatorsRomance - Romantic ComedyMystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

About the Author

Burbank, Shelley: - Shelley Burbank is a mystery and women's fiction author and journalist based in Maine and San Diego, California. She's a contributing writer to the Waterboro Reporter newspaper, and her short fiction has been published nationally in True Story, True Love, and True Confessions magazines. Regional and literary publications include San Diego Woman Magazine and The Maine Review. Shelley was also the co-writer of a full-length, nonfiction memoir, THE LAST TEN DAYS: Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die by Martha Risberg Brosio. Her debut novel, FINAL DRAFT, An Olivia Lively Mystery, will be published by Encircle Publications on March 8, 2023. For the latest news, follow Shelley on Facebook and Instagram, and visit

Praise for this book

"Olivia Lively is smart, spirited, independent, and a private detective taking on cases in Portland, Maine.... There is much to love about this novel. Olivia is the perfect beach-read detective, who adores good food, fine wine, designer clothes, and handsome men. The plot twists and turns: the reader might think they know whodunnit, but the whys are complicated. Finally, the Portland setting is fully realized in the way Boston is fully realized in the Spenser novels. Shelley Burbank has an eye for the details that make her characters attractive to readers and that paint a perfect backdrop for those characters to act against."

-Anne Britting Oleson, author of the Aventurine Morrow Thrillers and the forthcoming, THE SPRINGS

"Shelley Burbank's Portland, Maine P.I., Liv Lively, is a memorable character, flawed but self-aware, determined to go her own way and, in Final Draft, a champion of the underdog. I'm looking forward to reading more of Liv's forays into crime-solving."

-Kaitlyn Dunnett, author of the Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries

"Sassy, stylish Olivia Lively is a private investigator with almost as many skeletons in her closet as her clients. And her debut in this fast-paced page-turner will delight mystery readers the world over."

-Cynthia Dagnal-Myron, author and award-winning Chicago Sun Times journalist

"The author has written a delicious debut-a fine romantic mystery-with a character and story that hold you close. Olivia Lively grew up in a monied family, but choose to be a private investigator rather than a society wife. She's smart, fearless, funny, a classical music aficionado, and boy does she know how to dress... I so love this character that I long for a book series, a Netflix series, and her fully-stocked closet. Highly recommended for romantic mystery and women's fiction fans who adore feisty female protagonists."

-Char Jones