BOOK REVIEW + GIVE AWAY - Spent Identity by Marlene M Bell


As part of this book tour, I had the opportunity to read all four books. 

Book Details:

Book Title:  Spent Identity (Annalisse Series Book 2) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 378 pages 
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
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.

Book Description:

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.

I received an advance review copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Marlene M Bell and iRead Book Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

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: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Meet the Author:

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 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.

connect with the author:  website ~ website ~ twitter ~ facebook instagram ~ goodreads

Enter the Giveaway:

COPPER WATERS Book Tour Giveaway


  1. A nice review of Spent Identity! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and experience the Annalisse series. I hope you enjoy book #3, Scattered Legacy. Marlene

  2. I love reading about the life of Annalissa. What a great book series.

    1. Thanks, Audrey! I never get tired of hearing from readers. I hope you stick with the series and find out what happens to the couple after Copper Waters.

  3. This sounds like an amazing series! Love the covers!

  4. Watch for a fresh cover for Spent Identity coming soon!


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