Copper Waters – A New Zealand MysterySeries – Copper Waters (Book 4) – by Marlene M. Bell Book Tour, Guest Post &Giveaway! {Ends 3/3/23}

Feb 23, 2023 | 7 comments

Book Four in the Annalisse series. The adventures continue, this time in New Zealand.

Book Details:

Copper Waters – A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series Book 4) by Marlene M. Bell
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 340 pages
Genre: Mystery-Suspense
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Release date: October 2022
Content Rating: G. Book is for general audiences. No profanity. No graphic scenes. Crimes are described briefly after the fact. Mild and limited romance

Book Description:

Annalisse Drury and Alec Zavos find themselves on opposing sides when an ex-lover from Alec’s past introduces him to his alleged son. With Alec distracted and their future engagement in limbo, Annalisse accepts a key to her dream cottage—situated on a picturesque sheep station on South Island, New Zealand—only this time, she travels alone.

But not long after her arrival, she’s confronted by two peculiar deaths—either accidental or the deliberate acts of a psychopath.

Local investigators are closing the cases too quickly and want Annalisse to exit the country before she reveals the town’s darkest secrets.

Will she return to Alec, or sacrifice their future together to expose it all?

Review By LAWonder10:

The Analisse series continues, as Annalisse makes a rash decision to accept Ethan’s invitation to go to New Zealand to find her aunt. This hasty decision was made so she and Alec can straighten out their compromised relationships with clear minds. Alec respects her wishes, however,  he makes sure she will not be alone and unprotected.

Annalisse is disappointed with what she discovers when she arrives. She regrets being so rash and soon bodies start falling and she must do all he can to not allow herself to become a suspect. 

This book, like all others, was fast-paced with plenty of action and mystery. It leaves the reader/listener with a stronger sense of a happily-ever-after outcome.. Time will tell.

The characters are all very well portrayed and diverse. The scenes all feel very well described so they are easily visualized. To me, the Title doesn’t fit well but the Cover Image is eye-catching and an okay fit.

I have enjoyed this book of the series as one of the best. The emotions have not felt as beleaguered, and the suspense was solid and unexpected until the very end.

I offer a Five Stars rating.

This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review, This is my honest review.


Other Books in the Series:

Guest Post:

What is my next writing project?

I’m currently outlining my next novel. Surprise! This book isn’t the next one in the queue for the award-winning Annalisse series. On the contrary, while I let the fifth Annalisse and Alec installment simmer in my mind, I’m writing a standalone story with a collection of new characters who live in the South.

We go to East Texas in my next novel, circa 2010. A favorite place of mine since the Piney Woods is my home! The location enables me to pull visuals and intricate details that include tall tree sunsets, wooded ponds, and Texas area history to spice up the backstory. My physical research books are growing even though I’m familiar with this section of Texas. I like digging into my new releases through settings from expert photographers and real facts—not those found on the Internet. Some of the “facts” presented on some search engines are nothing more than a compilation of information from others who might or might not be experts on the subject.

There’s nothing worse than readers who fact-check in a review when bonified research sources were skimmed or skipped in haste.

At present, the new novel is a suspense-mystery involving neighbors and past acquaintances. I might include a crime of passion or a crime of circumstance if the story needs this element. By the time the first draft is finished, I’ll know more with a developmental edit.

My elderly character, Hattie, has a challenging life history to portray as a WWII woman pilot keeping with the vocabulary of that era in her dialog. She’s a cursive letter writer like me, and as you might imagine, Hattie’s set in her ways living well into her nineties. She isn’t the main character, but a colorful individual who gets things started with a figurative bang.

The book’s title is a work in progress, so I’m keeping ideas close to my chest. I’ll wait until the novel is written to be sure the original title theme fits the final draft. My developmental editor/agent knows if a title suits the narrative or she suggests another.

I’ll leave you with this much: The new protagonist is a single woman trained as a pastry chef and she’s part of a vintner’s family. Her last occupation includes working as a personal chef for a celebrity in Beverly Hills. She returns to Texas to be by her father’s side as moral support for the loss of her mother, Celeste. It gets wild from there.

You’ll have to wait until 2023 for the details!

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 ~ websitetwitter ~ facebook ~ instagramgoodreads

Giveaway Details:

Enter the Copper Waters – A New Zealand Mystery (Annalisse Series) for a chance to win:

One – William Morris design layered Tapestry Throw. 50 x 60. (Made in USA)

One – Vintage Copper Tea Kettle (Circa 1960s)

One – New Leather Tote Bag as carried by Annalisse, protagonist of Marlene M. Bell’s series. (Described in the Annalisse series.)

One set Autographed Copies of Stolen Obsession, Spent Identity, Scattered Legacy and new release, Copper Waters.

One – $50 VISA Card


(USA only) (ends Mar 3)

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  1. Dreaa Drake

    This sounds like a series I’d love to read! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Shelly Peterson

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. Marisela Zuniga

    Thank you for sharing, this sounds really good

  4. Audrey Stewart

    I can’t imagine how Annalisse felt when Alec’s past girlfriend showed up with a child…that was his. Ouch!

  5. Kathleen Kelly

    Thanks for sharing! I am excited to read the book!

  6. Marlene M Bell

    I hate to see this tour end and wish I had more installments in the Annalisse series for you to review! I truly appreciate how much time you take with your review process. Thank you for joining the iReads Tour for my novels. Perhaps we’ll cross paths again on the next one. My best to you, Marlene

  7. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a great series.

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