Ms. Bell had an enjoyable writing style as she plotted her way through the twists and turns of the story. I look forward to seeing what Annalisse gets involved in next.


The Description

Annalisse: Book 3
Publication Date: November 4, 2021

Antiquities expert Annalisse Drury and tycoon Alec Zavos revel in a love affair peppered with treasure hunting, grand adventure, and the occasional dead body.

It’s autumn when Alec arranges a getaway from them to visit is mother’s birthplace in Bari, Italy—a no-drama vacation to transfer his car company to a rival. But before they can depart New York, murder makes its familiar reappearance.

Accompanied by detective friend 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 the Mafia. An ancient rosary propels Annalisse down crooked paths to expose the truth as they uncover answers none of them are prepared for.

The Review

Scattered Legacy: Murder in Southern Italy by Marlene M. Bell is the third book in the Annalisse series, and it’s the only one I’ve read so far. There was enough background given to fill in some of the blanks, so I didn’t feel lost as I read. 

Scattered Legacy is Annalisse and Alec’s story and takes us from upstate New York to Italy and back again.

The story had a depth to it, and there were a lot of complexities. There was a multitude of characters that were laced together many times unexpectedly. There were a lot of cats in the story, and one had a significant role. 

There were many stories told that were woven together nicely, even when some of them were dredged up from the past. There were a few mysteries and crimes to be solved and many secrets, injuries, deaths, beautiful descriptions of places and food, family and friends, the Mafia, along with some romance. There was nice closure and an unexpected bombshell that will hopefully lead us to the next book in the series.

Ms. Bell has an enjoyable writing style as she plotted her way through the twists and turns of the story. I look forward to seeing what Annalisse gets involved in next.Buy Links

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About The Author

Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.


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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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