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Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  48 reviews
"Debut author Bell delivers a great, slow-building romance, gently examining her characters' painful pasts." -- Kirkus Reviews

People die, but legends live on.

New York antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury recently lost her best friend to murder. The killer’s identity may be linked to her friend’s expensive missing bracelet—a 500-year-old artifact that carries an ancient c
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Published March 20th 2018 by Ewephoric Publishing (first published January 12th 2018)
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May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annakisse, orphaned when she was a girl, holds tender memories of her Aunt and Uncle , sheep farmers, far away from her Manhattan residence.
While supporting her boss in an opening for the gallery, a necklace she feels is cursed, was unexpectedly on display. It must be removed!
The "opening" is halted when a mugging occurred. Then further disaster transpired!
While she originally sought the aid of the gallery owner's womanizing son, she reluctantly had to put herself in his care while the crimes
Sherry Fundin
The fabulous cover hints at the story inside and I do like when that happens. Doesn’t it peak your curiosity?

Annaliise has lost one friend to the curse and she struggles to stop any more from being added to the tragedy. She’s determined to protect her friends, whether they believe in the curse or not.

I love any twist on murder in my mystery and suspense/thriller reading, and Marlene M Bell supplies that in Stolen Obsession.

Traveling through words are some of my favorite adventures. I go places I
Sydney Young
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love you a great romantic mystery full of Greek and Persian intrigue? Look no further! Here is my review and a link to the currently ongoing giveaway:

I absolutely love Greek lore, so I was very curious about STOLEN OBSESSION when I first saw it. Give me some Greek Isles and a great mystery about jewelry from antiquity, and I'm all in. Not to mention the handsome Greek romantic lead.

STOLEN OBSESSION does not disappoint. It starts off with a bang, dropping
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a whirlwind of a book. Global involvement with duo agencies. Great mystery, with a great romance to go with it. I can't wait for book 2 to come out! Found it on Goodreads Gals of the Southwest Book Club.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, books-to-review
A curse, antiquities, and murder make this an intriguing read.  Throw in a handsome man, the Greek isles, and deception....well, it rounds out all the key elements of a good story.

This book led me across the globe and through a web of clues and misdirection while trying to decipher who was behind the murders and kidnappings.  Let's just say there is a twist near the end that I didn't expect but looking back should not have been surprised.  With everything that happens to Annalisse and Alec, I tr
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Part murder mystery, part romance novel, Stolen Obsession was an easy read. Though it tended to lean a bit more towards the romance end than I’d anticipated, I still found it enjoyable. If you’re all about the romance, definitely check it out.

Annalisse is an antiques appraiser, reeling from the horrific murder of her best friend. When she spots a connection to the murder at her client Generosa’s gallery opening, she’s sure things are about to get worse. Not to mention, the gallery owner’s playb
Tabatha The Librarian Pope
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Stolen Artifacts. Ancient Curse. Murder and Suspense...and Romance.
Annalisse Drury is a sheep-loving antiquities appraiser in New York. Her best friend is murdered and she believes that the five century old bracelet that she was wearing might be the source of an ancient curse.

When she discovers an identical bracelet at a gallery opening, it thrusts her into a world of danger and intrigue with the gallery owner’s Greek playboy son, Alec Zavos. As the two of them work together to save his parents
Arlene Mullen
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been awhile since I have read a mystery book. It starts off with annalisse at an gallery opening. The action kicks off right away. She meets the handsome Alec, recognizes the necklace as a sister piece to the one from her friend and watched her boss die. Things don't slow down until the last few pages. During the few days they are shot at, held captive, terrorized, almost blown up and just generally terrorized.

Now Alec and Annalisse are very stressed to each other. Alec's mother has spen
Samantha Turley
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sometimes I get to a point where I feel bogged down in a certain genre and need a change. That is when a Mystery is always my go-to. I feel like they make me think and help get my mind off of things more than any other genre.
There is a great balance between the Romance and Mystery. I found myself guessing the whole way through, and being wrong quite a bit. On the other hand I was swept up in the Romance.
The plot was fast paced and flowed smoothly and the characters were those who I really liked
C. Gonzales
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
This novel is the epitome of what a Mystery should be. It will keep you guessing the entire way through. Just when you think you have something figured out, you will be shocked and surprised.

Wow, this one really delivers in many areas. It really was a fast paced mystery. I was really hooked from the get-go and wanted so bad to know where things will end up.

I loved the addition of the romance, it really managed to add a different layer to the story.
Oct 23, 2018 added it
Please let me start with what I really like about the book. The storyline was good, the characters were good too, even though there were too many, imo. The best part was the cursed jewelry. I liked Alec and there was a past of his that I felt was missing.

The parts where I am lost really are the beginning of the book. I felt like I was talked at. The first 1/3 was scattered and at times hard to follow. I really think some good cuts & edits would have made a big difference.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stolen Obsession is the first installment form Marlene M Bell’s series, Annalisse. It is, also, the author’s debut novel. The reader is introduced to Annalisse Drury, an antiquities appraiser from New York. She finds herself trying to identify the killer of her best fired through a missing five hundred year old bracelet that carries an evil curse. She finds a necklace matching the bracelet at a gallery opening in Manhattan. Despite advising to have the necklace destroyed, another murder occurs. ...more
Charlotte Pawson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annalisse was still coming to terms with the gruesome death of her best friend Sam. Her friend’s expensive bracelet was stolen and Annalisse believes it carried a curse that got her friend killed. She attends a friend’s gallery opening and sees the matching necklace. Unfortunately, the curse strike’s again that night. She joins together with the gallery owner’s son Alec to follow the trail of the curse through Greece and Turkey and throws herself all in to save Alec’s Mum when she is kidnapped. ...more
Alex (Briennai)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
An ancient cursed necklace has made its way into the gallery of Alec’s mother, and Annalise, an antique appraiser, warns them about its connotations. When strange things start happening in the lives of both families, escalating towards murder, Annalise worries that it might have something to do with the necklace. Alec doesn’t believe that it has to do with the necklace necessarily but instead has to do with people who are trying to get the necklace using fear tactics. The two have to team up in ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stolen Obsession is filled with suspense. Right from the moment Harry was killed, this book takes you deeper and deeper into the mystery with twists and turns and some very unexpected incidents.

Another thing that goes side by side with the mystery is Alec and Annalisse romance. I loved reading about their love story. Though I am some who complains about love story taking away the spotlight from mystery, but in this nothing of that sort happened. Both mystery and romance went side by side, never
Lynn Poppe
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Stolen Obsession is a suspense-filled mystery. The reader follows along with our main character, Annalisse, who lands on the wrong side of cursed, historical, jewelry, while she tries to determine who is attacking those she loves. A Solid 3 1/2 Stars for me.

What I liked:
The concept \ mystery aspect of the novel really works for me. I avidly followed the mystery of who is after the necklace. Similarly to Annalisse and Alec, I couldn’t figure out who we could trust and who we couldn’t. Are the FB
Tangled in Text
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite genre is mystery/suspense, but recently I've been obsessed with historical fictions and this seemed to be the best of both worlds. I love the research and insight this story gave into cultures and artifacts. The creativity and detail was enticing.

In the beginning when it kept referencing a past event, I had to look up to see if I'd missed a previous book in the series (I didn't, this is the first). I was a little confused, but it slowly started bringing you up to speed understanding
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘New York had hooked her with its claws, drawn her into its global mystique, ideal for an antiquities appraiser with her specialty.’

Texas author/photographer/artist Marlene M Bell is well known for her sheep landscapes that grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. She also owns and operates Ewephoric, a mail order venture to emphasize her desire for realistic sheep stationery, non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts. STOL
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

To start, I have to admit it that it took me a while to get into this particular story. Before I applied for the giveaway, I always read the synopsis and make sure that I'm not applying for something that's in the middle of a series and will make no sense...

So I was a little surprised to find this book begins like it is a sequel. Next to no background is given on who, what, when, or why. You just plunge right in and get little vague snippets that somethi
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, romance, adult
While I love watching revenge movies, filled with action & adventure, romantic suspense is not my usual genre to read. I'm so glad I took a chance on Marlene M. Bell's Stolen Obsession.

Annalisse is an antiquities appraiser. She's brilliant at her job, can spot fakes a mile away. But behind her professional and beautiful veneer, she lives in fear. Fear that her best friend's murderer will walk away free. Fear that anyone who gets close to her will die, just like her parents did. It's easy fo
Anita Lock
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The sudden death of Annalisse Drury’s boss, Harry, during the opening of an art exhibit of her favorite client, Generosa (Gen) Zavos, leaves her unnerved. Moments before his demise, Annalisse notices an Iranian horse necklace—one of two identical pieces; the other in Crete—in one of the display cases. Sam, her longtime friend, wore a bracelet with the exact design at the time of her grisly death six weeks earlier. Convinced that the jewelry is cursed, Annalisse, alongside Chase, another longtime ...more
Janet S
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury leads a life where the pace never slows. The jolt of her roommate’s violent death and her questions about whether she had a role in letting it happen soon morph into a larger web of art-theft, ancient curses and possible espionage. And in the middle of all of this she’s coming to terms with falling in love. This is a real romantic thriller, and each chapter seems to bring a new disaster or revelation.

Bell has a talent for showing the reader how Annalisse ke
Jennifer Pierson
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Stolen Obsession is Marlene M. Bell's debut novel, and right out of the gate, she displayed a talented writing style that I really loved. And since this is a romantic suspense book, the only thing I'll give away about the plot is a curse, antiques/artifacts, and murder. Intrigued yet?! Well I was, and it only gets better when you turn the pages, as the twists are definitely f-bomb dropping worthy. Then Ms. Bell adds in the sexy man, some descriptive genius transporting me across the world, ...more
Laura Reading
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I read a lot of mysteries and crime novels, this was not my usual read. As long as you are able to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to flow with the action, this dangerous adventure is a five star read.
The first paragraph of this book sets the tone for where Analisse's head and heart are and leads to her relationship with Gerenosa. Although this paragraph is in such contrast to the party in which the story begins, it sets a firm foundation for what follows.
Other than our three mai
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some books just start out well; such is the case with Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series Book 1) by Marlene M. Bell. Annalisse the lead protagonist, works as an antiquities appraiser in New York, and strange things are happening. After the murder of her friend, she must cope with her own version of PTSD, but becomes embroiled in a riveting mystery. Jewelry that might be cursed is causing a lot of trouble for the lead character, but she is helped by her good looking Greek crush, Alec. This is ste ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adventure that spans the world, life, and love

Marlene Bell has written a great story of love, mystery, and adventure. Annalisse is the lovely antique appraiser who is struck hard by the death of her close friend. She believes a cursed necklace caused the death and must now fight to insure that nobody else is killed in such a horrible fashion. She meets and enlisted Alec to help her and soon finds his family in danger half way around the world. As we jet set across the globe with the star coup
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved how the story gets moving right away and never slows down. Marlene Bell jumps right into the action and introduces us to such a complex protagonist in Annalisse. She is believable; strong smart and independent as well as being naturally thrown by the tragic events surrounding her. Even when a third friend goes missing, she plows forward, using her experience and expertise to follow a mystery around the globe as it unravels while becoming all the more complicated. The relationship between ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great thriller!

What a thriller! So this book takes you on a journey with Annalisse who finds a cursed necklace at a gallery opening she is sure caused the death of her friend. This necklace brings nothing but pain, destruction and death to anyone it meets and suddenly Annalisse finds herself on the run. I really liked Annalisse and her strength and courage shown throughout the book. She was a gutsy female lead and I liked her with Alec a lot. I also liked Alec as well! The chemistry between them
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book is incredible. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading ...more
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Marlene M. Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her previous book, a memoir entitled Among the Sheep, offers a look into her life history, along with a selection of written works on the subject of care and breeding of sheep. She and her husband, Gregg, have raised breeding stock of nationally renowned, purebred Horned Dorset sheep for over thirty-five years. Marlene is ...more