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Manhattan antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury dreams of a quiet life on the family farm among the sheep she loves, when her best friend is murdered. The police assume robbery is the motive because her friend’s expensive bracelet is missing. But the 500-year-old artifact is rumored to carry an ancient curse, one that unleashes evil upon any who dare wear the jewelry created for the Persian royal family—and Annalisse believes her friend is the latest victim.

Weeks later, Annalisse sees a necklace matching the stolen bracelet at a gallery opening. Convinced the necklace is part of the deadly collection, Annalisse begs the gallery’s owner to destroy the piece, but her pleas are ignored— despite the unnatural death that occurs during the opening. With two victims linked to the jewelry, Annalisse is certain she must act.

Desperate to keep the gallery owner safe, Annalisse reluctantly enlists the 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 mother, feared dead or kidnapped. As time lapses, the killer switches mode and closes in on the man who’s meant for Annalisse with the lifestyle she wants most.

But when it’s her turn as the hunted, will she choose to save Alec and his mother, or sacrifice everything to save herself?

Hold on for a heart-thumping adventure through exotic lands in this fast moving, romantic suspense mystery by Marlene M Bell.



Stolen Obsession, book 1, of the Annalise Series, by Marlene M. Bell, is a fast-paced, Romantic Suspense that delivers thrills, intrigue, and delightful characters readers will enjoy. The main heroine, Annalise Drury, is an accomplished antiquities appraiser in New York. She recently lost a dear friend Samantha Freeman.

When Annalise attends the launch of her friend Generosa Zavos’ SoHo gallery, she feels anything but social. Even the spark of attraction she feels for Generosa’s son Alec escapes her when she discovers a distinctive gold horse on display. The necklace is related in style and constructs to the bracelet her friend Samantha wore until her murdered body got found.

Annalise conducted extensive research on the 500-year-old jewelry tracing it back to a Persian royal family. She believes the pieces are cursed and the cause of Samantha’s death. Fearing the curse will deliver a curse to Alec and his mother, she begs them to get rid of the item and never wear the piece. A trip to the island of Crete changes the course of the journey when someone who wants the necklace threatens the trio. Alec works with Annalise to save his mother and themselves and uncover the truth. Will they win and find justice from the threat attached to the gold horses?

The tension and suspense ramp, even as Annalise and Alec’s attraction evolves into a relationship where trust is critical. The twists and turns powered by hatred and curses culminate into a stunning, unexpected ending. For readers who enjoy a thrilling adventure across multiple continents with an undertone of romance, this is a book and series you should consider.

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 — mysteries with a touch of romance —  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. She also penned 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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    4 replies to "STOLEN OBSESSION"

    • Kristine Anne Hall

      I listened to the original version of this book and really enjoyed the non-stop action. I’m impressed the author came back and updated book one to fit with the style of the rest of the wonderful series. Thanks for sharing your fab review! And love those bookstagrams!

      • RoxBurkey

        thank you for stopping in. Great tour.

    • Jan Sikes

      Thanks for sharing, Rox. I love that the author updated the book after it was written. That’s dedication!

      • RoxBurkey

        Thank you for being here.

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