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 10, 2023

Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell: Review with iRead Book Tours

As part of this book tour, I had the opportunity to read all four books.

Book Details

Book Title:  Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 296 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   March 2018 
Content Rating:  PG. Subtle romantic interludes. No profanity.

Book Description

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury's best friend was murdered. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family.

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a matching necklace at a Manhattan gallery opening. She begs the owner to destroy the cursed piece, but her pleas fall on deaf ears—despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act. Desperate, Annalisse enlists the gallery owner’s son to help—even though she’s afraid he’ll break her heart. Wealthy and devastatingly handsome, with a string of bereft women in his wake, Greek playboy Alec Zavos dismisses Annalisse’s concerns—until his parents are ripped from the Zavos family yacht during their ocean voyage near Crete.

​Annalisse and Alec race across two oceans to save his parents, feared kidnapped or even dead. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them all?



A missing antique bracelet that may be cursed and a young woman's murder are the catalysts that set the stage for this intriguing mystery by author Marlene M. Bell. Annalisse Drury's grief and her overwhelming desire to find her friend's killer thrust her into an exciting adventure that may endanger both her emotional and physical well-being. Is Alec Zavos there to protect her, or does he have his own secret agenda? Can she trust her heart with this playboy?

Stolen Obsession is the first book in the Annalisse series and Bell has written the perfect series introduction! There are great characters, exotic settings, multiple red herrings, and a special relationship waiting to be explored. I loved the special connection between Annalisse and Alec, and I longed for it to be more than just a fleeting romance! I recommend this book to all who enjoy romantic suspense novels.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable 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. Connie, thanks so much for reading and reviewing book one, Stolen Obsession. Anna and Alec have so much more ahead for them.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Stolen Obsession, this sounds like a must read book and series for me and I am looking forward to meeting Annalisse

  3. I am loving traveling the world and solving mysteries with Annalisse. Glad you are enjoying them too.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. This sounds like an awesome series I’d love to read!