I tend to write mini-sized reviews of the books I read, and I don't do it often enough. As an author, I know that even just a few words can mean the world, and just a rating is appreciated. I've fallen behind on reading and reviews, so here are a few words about Shelley Burbank's wonderful novel, so long overdue.
Lively is a fitting name for the main character of Final Draft: An Olivia Lively Mystery by Shelley Burbank. Olivia, who calls herself Liv, is the smart, vivacious character at the center of this realistic world. She fights for truth and stands up for herself, while also leaving time in her busy schedule to help friends. She’s insatiably curious, always three steps ahead in her mind, sometimes inspecting others with a healthy dose of doubt. It was that honesty I loved about the novel—Olivia’s observations about others, not without the occasional opinion, suspicion, or other human traits. This inquisitive, tangential mind is what makes Liv as a private investigator not only credible but intriguing. Burbank isn’t afraid to show her supporting characters’ weaknesses too—the subtle mind games, the clever subtext and body language that is so well illustrated. The writing is strong and descriptive, and moves along effortlessly, inviting the reader from place to place. I enjoyed following Liv on her investigation, and around the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. The novel is part mystery, part domestic drama, with a touch of romance and a lot of spirit. I’d be happy to follow Liv on another journey, or to read anything Shelley Burbank writes.
You can purchase the book through the review link on BookBub.
Happy April! I'm so excited about this featured interview in WE Magazine for Women by Heidi Richards Mooney. Heidi is a publisher, editor, small business marketing expert, and creator of this wonderful magazine. I'm honored to have IN THE VANISHING HOUR showcased on this week's home page. Thank you, Heidi!
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