BOOK REVIEW AND AUTOGRAPHED Physical Book + $50 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Copper Waters by Marlene M Bell
This is my post during the blog tour for Copper Waters by Marlene M. Bell. In Copper Waters a rural New Zealand vacation turns poisonous.
This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 2 till 15 January. You can see the tour schedule here.
By Marlene M. Bell
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 5 December 2022
A rural New Zealand vacation turns poisonous.
Antiquities expert Annalisse Drury and tycoon Alec Zavos are at an impasse in their relationship when Alec refuses to clear up a paternity issue with an ex-lover.
Frustrated with his avoidance when their future is at stake, Annalisse accepts an invitation from an acquaintance to fly to New Zealand—hoping to escape the recent turbulence in her life.
But even Annalisse’s cottage idyll on the family sheep farm isn’t immune to intrigue.
Alec sends a mutual friend and detective, Bill Drake, to follow her, and a local resident who accompanies them from the Christchurch airport dies mysteriously soon after. A second violent death finds Annalisse and Bill at odds with the official investigations.
The local police want to close both cases as quickly as possible—without unearthing the town’s dirty secrets.
As she and Bill pursue their own leads at serious cost, the dual mysteries force Annalisse to question everything she thought she knew about family ties, politics, and the art of small-town betrayal.
Copper Waters is the fourth book in the Annalisse series by Marlene M Bell. I have had the opportunity to read this series between a few book tours and I love this series! Having said that, this book could also be read as a standalone because the author does a good job of filling in their backstories leaving the reader caught up.
In this installment, Annalisse and her tycoon fiancée are at an impasse in their relationship. Frustrated Annalisse accepts her friend’s invitation to visit New Zealand and take her mind off her turbulent life.
Trouble follows. Alec asks a mutual friend, Bill Drake to accompany her. Not long after arriving, she’s confronted with two peculiar deaths. Locals don’t want Annalisse to unearth their dirty secrets.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and she does a great job of building suspense. The characters are likeable and well-written. Their backstories provide depth and the dynamics between Annalisse and Bill work well together. Making them an excellent team.
The descriptions are well written, and I felt like I was experiencing the story because I felt immersed in the action and wanting more.
I look forward to reading more from this author and stay tuned for my future reviews of this series.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
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.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Copper Waters. This giveaway is open to domestic USA residents only. One winner wins a prize package containing:
- An autographed copy of Copper Waters
- A New Zealand black-tipped wool throw
- Hammered copper tea kettle
- a $50 VISA card
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