About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, February 17, 2023

Copper Waters by Marlene M. Bell: Review with iRead Book Tours

Copper Waters - A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series Book 4) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 340 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   October, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Book is for general audiences. 

Book Description:

Annalisse Drury and Alec Zavos find themselves on opposing sides when an ex-lover from Alec’s past introduces him to his alleged son. With Alec distracted and their future engagement in limbo, Annalisse accepts a key to her dream cottage—situated on a picturesque sheep station on South Island, New Zealand—only this time, she travels alone.

But not long after her arrival she’s confronted by two peculiar deaths—either accidental, or the deliberate acts of a psychopath.

Local investigators are closing the cases too quickly and want Annalisse to exit the country before she reveals the town’s darkest secrets.

Will she return to Alec, or sacrifice their future together to expose it all?


I recently read Stolen Obsession, the first book in the Annalisse Series so I was thrilled to read another story by Marlene M. Bell. The fact that there are two books in between had no bearing on my enjoyment because the author does a wonderful job of explaining events that happened in those earlier books. Copper Waters: A New Zealand Cottage Mystery finds Annalisse Drury and Alec Zavos knee-deep in adventure, mysterious happenings, and unexplained deaths once again, but the setting is New Zealand and they aren't the happy couple that they once were. Has their romance hit a stumbling block that they can't overcome?

Copper Waters kept me fully engaged with its twists and turns, and I enjoyed seeing Annalisse and Alex in action again. I did find the ending to be a little unsettled so I can only wonder if there are more adventures ahead. Unsolved mysteries, settings in exotic locales, and exciting romantic tension are parts of Bell's captivating formula and they make me long for more escapades with this couple!

I received a copy of Copper Waters: A New Zealand Cottage Mystery from the author via iRead Book Tours. I was never required to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Meet the Author:

Marlene M. Bell is an eclectic mystery writer, artist, photographer, and she raises sheep in beautiful East Texas with her husband, Gregg, three cats and a flock of horned Dorset sheep.

The Annalisse series has received numerous honors including the Independent Press Award for Best Mystery (Spent Identity,) and FAPA— Florida Author’s President’s Gold Award for two other installments, (Stolen Obsession and Scattered Legacy.) Her mysteries with a touch of romance are found at marlenembell.com. She also offers the first of her children's picture books, Mia and Nattie: One Great Team! Based on true events from the Bell’s ranch. The simple text and illustrations are a touching tribute of compassion and love between a little girl and her lamb.

connect with the author:  website ~ website ~ twitter ~ facebook instagram ~ goodreads

Enter the Giveaway:

COPPER WATERS Book Tour Giveaway


  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing book four, Copper Waters. I hope you have the chance to read books two and three also. I truly appreciate the nice review!