Wicked With Ink: Book Review – Stolen Obsession by Marlene M. Bell


by Marlene M. Bell
Annalisse Series, #1
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Suspense, Romance, Mystery

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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 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 mother, feared dead or kidnapped. When the killer changes tactics and goes after Alec behind Annalisse’s back, can her plan to rescue Alec’s mother save them all?

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



This is the first book of the Annalisse Series, and also the first book I’ve read by Marlene M. Bell. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Now that’s out of the way – what a thriller!

Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury leads a fast paced and exciting life. The pace only seems to pick up with the murder of her best friend. Struggling to come to grips with the weight of her guilt, Annalisse needs answers. In her search for the truth, she is caught up in a web of ancient curses, art theft and romance.

Marlene M. Bell will keep you guessing with every chapter and every turn of the page. She balances an action packed plot and healthy cast of characters and settings well with timing, chaos and anticipation. If you enjoy romance with a plot, this read is definitely for you. This book will keep your heart racing until the very end. I highly recommend – 4 out of 5 stars from me!



Marlene M Bell is an acclaimed artist and photographer as well as a writer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of publications such as, Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living and Sheep Industry News. Ewephoric, her mail order venture, began in 1985 out of a desire for realistic sheep stationery. A color catalog of non-fiction books and sheep-related gifts may be requested at www.marlenembell.com or www.texassheep.com.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg reside on a wooded ranch in East Texas with their 50 head of Horned Dorset sheep, a lovable Maremma guard dog named, Tia, and 3 spoiled cats who rule the household.

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