Readers are LOVING Olivia Lively, P.I.

“Boasting a wonderful cast of characters, engaging dialogue, and visually descriptive narrative, this was a fun book to read, and I look forward to more adventures with Olivia and her friends in this delightfully entertaining series.”—Dru Ann Love of Dru’s Book Musings

“…a delicious debut—a fine romantic mystery… Olivia Lively [is] smart, fearless, funny… 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

“Give me a main character who can pick through someone’s garbage at noon, and be dressed in Manolos and Halston at midnight. . . the debut novel by author Shelley Burbank, is a thrilling and engaging read that weaves together the worlds of publishing and private investigation.”–K.C. Brote, Author of Love Lost on Cloud Nine

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FINAL DRAFT is available now. Click on your preferred retailer.

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Didn’t catch the first book? There is still time! FINAL DRAFT: An Olivia Lively Mystery, was published by Encircle Publications in March 2023 and is available at the retailers listed above and by request at your local bookstore. I can’t wait for you to meet Liv and her friends (and a few enemies ‘cuz, mystery, right?) as they learn, laugh, and love in the arty, coastal city of Portland, Maine.

Coming Soon! Night Moves: An Olivia Lively Mystery

I’m so excited to announce that NIGHT MOVES: An Olivia Lively Mystery, the second book in my mystery romance detective series will be out in August 2024! I can’t wait to share the cover with you. Stay tuned for the reveal soon.

Two murders, a strip club, and a Labradoodle?

After a splashy success with her last big case, Olivia Lively, P.I. is struggling to manage Lively Investigations’s sudden—and exciting—growth spurt. When an old friend offers her a chunk of cash to investigate his wife and brother who may be having an affair, Liv reluctantly agrees. She heads to a cozy cabin in the Maine woods to investigate, thinking it will be a chance to enjoy summer while also solving her cash flow problem.

When the suburban wife turns up dead, Liv discovers a possible connection to a seedy strip club and the Russian mob.

It’s a sticky summer in Portland, Maine, and in the heat of it all, Liv discovers that often the most complex relationship a woman has is the one with herself.


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 StoryTrue Love, and True Confessions magazines. Regional and literary publications include San Diego Woman Magazine and The Maine Review