Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1) by Marlene M. Bell

Spent Identity book 2 review HERE
Scattered Legacy book 3 review HERE
Copper Waters book 4 review HERE

Synopsis - 

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?

Review - 

Stolen Obsession is book one in author Marlene M Bell's Annalisse series and it's a great opener It offers an introduction to the characters, an action filled plot, a fast pace, strong women, danger, murder, all topped with a budding romance. Of all this, I honestly appreciate having strong, fierce female characters who don't back down. 

Book one begins with the thoughts of a recent murder, then uses an element of it to dive into a new mystery full of danger. There is a connection.  The story follows Annalisse as she tries to warn the owner of the art gallery she is helping at - Gen - and her handsome son about the dangers of a ancient necklace they have on display. It carries a deadly curse, something she knows this firsthand.  

Ignored, the worst happens. Alec and Annalisse head to Greece where Gen already is. They join his mother and father hoping to relax, but the very next day, while out on the family yacht, life changes. They are attacked, his father killed and his mother kidnapped. All because of the necklace. Alec and Annalisse are injured, but determined. 

Can they find his mother and rescue her before they lose her too, or will they all lose their lives?

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Meet The Author - 
Fab author interview HERE!

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 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.

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  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing book one, Stolen Obsession. The beginning of a tumultuous and deadly relationship with Anna and Alec. There's more to come, and I hope you'll stay with the series to find out what peril awaits them.

  2. This sounds like a great series! I’d love to read it!

  3. All four books in the series are available on Amazon in eBook and print.


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