BOOK REVIEW + GIVE AWAY - Spent Identity by Marlene M Bell
Book Title: Spent Identity (Annalisse Series Book 2) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 378 pages
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: Nov 2019
Format available for review: print - softback, e-book (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF), audiobook (audible download)
Will send print books out: USA
Content Rating: PG-13+M. Main Character is accosted and fights an assailant in one chapter. Mild profanity.
Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury drives to her family farm in upstate New York to consult with Aunt Kate about her troubled relationship with Greek tycoon, Alec Zavos. When Annalisse arrives, she learns the beloved farm she expects to inherit is for sale.
That same morning, they find a stranger's body decaying in the barn. Then her aunt vanishes.
In Spent Identity, Annalisse and Alec join forces for the second time. They must find the mastermind behind her aunt's abduction before Kate's health issues worsen. Was the corpse in the barn a coincidence or a warning? The clock ticks for Annalisse to find her aunt and repair what she has left with the man she loves.
Spent Identity is the second in the Annalisse Series. The book begins with her aunt missing. To find her, Annalissa must uncover secrets of the past. Unfortunately lies and deceit run deep through the heart of the town. What I like about this series is that each book can be read as a standalone.
In this installment, Annalissa is on her way to the family farm, where she grew up and the aunt who raised her. Upon arrival, there is a dead body, a family member making threats, and her aunt missing.
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 back drop of the Catskill Mountains in upper NY. I’ve never been but I feel like I’d recognize it.
This series continues to combine two of my favorite tropes (mystery and romance). The chemistry between Annalissa and Alec is palpable. Unresolved feelings always make for a delightful read.
I’m hooked on this series and looking forward to book 3!
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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