BOOK REVIEW + GIVE AWAY - Scattered Legacy by Marlene M Bell
Book Title: Scattered Legacy (Annalisse Series Book 3) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 352 pages
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: Oct 2021
Format available for review: print - softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out: USA
Content Rating: PG+M. Brief kissing/romance. mild use of profanity like "damn." No F Bombs. Some violence and talk of an attack by villain that doesn't materialize.
To outsiders, the relationship between Manhattan antiquities assessor Annalisse Drury and sports car magnate Alec Zavos must look carefree and glamorous. In reality, it’s a love affair regularly punctuated by treasure hunting, action-packed adventure, and the occasional dead body.
When Alec schedules an overseas trip to show Annalisse his mother's birthplace in Bari, Italy, he squeezes in the high-stakes business of divesting his family’s international corporation. But things go terribly wrong as murder makes its familiar reappearance in their lives – and this time it’s Alec’s disgraced former CFO who’s the main suspect.
Accompanied by friend and detective Bill Drake, Annalisse and Alec find themselves embroiled in a behind-closed-doors conspiracy that threatens the reputation and legacy of Alec’s late father – linking him to embezzlement, extortion, and the dirty business of the Sicilian Mafia. The search for the truth sends the trio straight into riddles, secrets, and an historic set of rosary beads. Annalisse leads Alec toward a discovery that is unthinkable, and events that will change their futures forever.
Scattered Legacy is the third in Marlene M. Bell’s thrilling Annalisse series, which weaves romance, crime, and historical mystery into addictive tales to instantly captivate fans of TV show Bones or Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
Scattered Legacy is the third in the Annalisse Series. I read this book right after reading book 2 (Spent Identity). While each book could be read as a standalone, I think reading them in order is best because it allows the reader to connect with the characters.
In this installment, Annalisse and Alec travel to Italy. Alec plans the trip to show Annalisse his mother’s birthplace in Bari. While there he squeezes in the high-stakes business of divesting his family’s international corporation. Things go awry when a murder takes place and Alec’s disgraced CFO is the prime suspect. Annalisse and Alec quickly find themselves embroiled in a behind-closed doors conspiracy that threatens the reputation and legacy of Alec’s late father.
The author continues to do an excellent job of creating mystery and suspense with a solid foundation. Full of twists and turns, this book kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Bell’s descriptions are spot on, and I love the backdrop of Italy. The descriptions are vivid, and I felt whisked away. The international spin added a level of depth to this story.
This series continues to combine two of my favorite tropes (mystery and romance). The chemistry between Annalisse and Alec is palpable and I like how their relationship is unfolding.
I’m hooked on this series and looking forward to book 4!
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.
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