Full Series Blog Tour, Book Review, and Giveaway: Bye Baby Bye by Kelly Marshall (Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles #19)

THE MAGNOLIA BLUFF
CRIME CHRONICLES
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Each stand-alone book in this multi-author crime novel series is set in the fictitious, beautiful little Texas Hill Country town of Magnolia Bluff. Each author writes in their preferred sub-genre to allow readers to experience humor, dark dilemmas, suspense, romance, thrills, and spills — told through good storytelling that will keep readers awake past their bedtime, trying to find out whodunit.

Season three of The Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles begins in January 2024. Stay tuned.

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Texas law enforcement officer Madison Jackson awakes to discover her infant kidnapped from her crib. Was it revenge for someone Madison had arrested or something far more sinister? Madison’s estranged husband is incarcerated in Supermax. As the second in command of a deadly Mexican cartel, did he issue the order to abduct their daughter? Madison escaped the clutches of the treacherous crime organization once before. Will she now have to travel back to perilous cartel country to save her daughter’s life?

I recently reviewed Death in the Absence of Rain by Caleb Pirtle III. Today I’m talking about Bye Baby Bye by Kelly Marshall, the nineteenth in the Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles and the second from the perspective of law enforcement officer Madison Jackson.

Madison Jackson was kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, forced to marry one of the higher-ranking cartel members. She was rescued from her captivity and is now back home in Magnolia Bluff, along with the only good thing to come from her horrific experience: her young daughter, Anna. When Madison wakes one night and finds Anna gone from her crib, she knows her estranged husband is behind it. Never mind that he’s currently in the Supermax prison in Colorado, thanks in no small part to Madison’s testimony. He is the only one who could be responsible for Anna’s disappearance, and Madison will stop at nothing to find Anna and bring her home.

This is a nail-biter of a story! The book opens with Anna’s disappearance, and it is off and running. Federal law enforcement is less than enthusiastic about taking up the cause, which makes a lot more sense when it’s revealed that the feds have brokered a deal to send Madison’s husband back to Mexico in a prisoner exchange. But Madison is not without help. Her father is a former Texas Ranger, so the Rangers are in, and Texas governor Dixon Tucker brings the considerable resources of the state into the rescue effort as well.

I don’t know what kind of research Marshall did on cartels and all the law enforcement pieces of the picture at play, but she writes a damn fine story! Madison is a strong woman, but my heart just ached for her. As a mother, I can imagine the sickening feeling of realizing someone has been in your house and taken your precious child. I wanted to cry along with Madison when she allowed herself the luxury of tears.

I was fascinated by how the local priest in Magnolia Bluff was able to serve as a connection point with a priest deep in cartel territory in Mexico in their efforts to get information on Anna’s whereabouts. Madison was very concerned about taking this route, not wanting the Mexican priest to be in harm’s way. I’d never thought of it before, but I would imagine priests serving in high crime areas are indeed at great risk, whether they’re part of an undercover international rescue mission or not.

Marshall works in just a bit of romance with the attraction between Madison and Dixon. Understandably, Madison isn’t making that attraction her focus while her child is absent, but it’s fun to watch the sparks fly between the two of them. Their budding relationship makes the Texas governor less of a political figure and more of a real person, too.

And once again, Magnolia Bluff rallies around its own. Whether it’s praying at a vigil for Anna or making sure Madison takes care of herself, family and friends support her. That’s the kind of town I’d like to be a part of, and to me, that’s one of the best parts of the series. We hear about so much bad in the world today, it’s good to read about circumstances where people pull together and look out for each other.

I don’t normally lower my rating for typos. I work with words. I know there are mistakes that escape even the keenest editorial eyes, and I expect them in advance copies. This was not an advance copy, yet I found enough errors in punctuation, spelling, and syntax that it threw me out of the flow of the story more than once. It was sufficiently distracting that I felt it necessary to drop my rating to four stars. With another good round of editing and/or proofreading, this would be a five-star read without question.

Action, suspense, strong emotion, all combined to keep me turning pages well past my bedtime. My visits to Magnolia Bluff so far have me hankering to read all the books currently out in the series, and all the ones yet to come!


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I always wanted to write, but I went to broadcasting school instead of college. I spent years spinning records and doing love song dedications. Congress passed a law changing the radio business forever. Behemoth broadcasting corporations ate up radio stations like locusts in a wheat field. Radio announcers like me were axed on bloody Fridays with surgical precision. I left radio and followed my dream to write.

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FOR DIRECT LINKS TO EACH POST ON THIS TOUR, UPDATED DAILY,
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11/27/23

Boys’ Mom Reads

10 Million Ways to Die

Review

11/27/23

Reading by Moonlight

Death Wears a Crimson Hat

Review

11/27/23

Hall Ways

Series Spotlight

11/28/23

The Plain-Spoken Pen

Death in the Absence of Rain

Review

11/28/23

StoreyBook Reviews

Eulogy in Black and White

Review

11/28/23

LSBBT Blog

Series Spotlight

11/29/23

Forgotten Winds

The Great Peanut Butter Conspiracy

Review

11/29/23

Carpe Diem Chronicles

Only the Good Die Young

Review

11/29/23

It’s Not All Gravy

When Bad Things Happen to Good Mice

Review

11/30/23

Rox Burkey Blog

You Won’t Know How…or When

Review

12/01/23

StoreyBook Reviews

The Flower Enigma

Review

12/01/23

Writing and Music

The Killer Enigma

Review

12/02/23

Reading by Moonlight

Men Lying Dead in a Field

Review

12/02/23

The Clueless Gent

The Shine from a Girl in the Lake

Review

12/03/23

Jennie Reads

The Dewey Decimal Dilemma

Review

12/03/23

Forgotten Winds

The Dog Gone Diamond Dilemma

Review

12/04/23

Chapter Break Blog

Justice

Review

12/04/23

The Plain-Spoken Pen

Bye Baby Bye

Review

12/05/23

Shelf Life Blog

Texas Summers are Murder

Sneak Peek

12/05/23

The Book’s Delight

Born and Bred Texan

Review

12/06/23

It’s Not All Gravy

Who Killed Lilly Paine?

Review

12/07/23

Hall Ways Blog

Second Chances

Review

12/08/23

The Page Unbound

A Chance of a Ghost

Sneak Peek

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9 Responses to Full Series Blog Tour, Book Review, and Giveaway: Bye Baby Bye by Kelly Marshall (Magnolia Bluff Crime Chronicles #19)

  1. Hall Ways says:

    This story sounds outstanding, and I appreciate knowing about the typos going in because those distract me, too. BUT, it really helps to know ahead of time and I can just tell myself to ignore them if the story sounds worthwhile. THIS story sounds worthwhile. Thanks for a great review.

  2. This book by the excellent Kelly Marshall is next up on my reading list. Her first book in the #magnoliabluffcrimechronicles was riveting, and I expect nothing less from this one. For drama and tension, this one will be hard to top.

  3. Kelly, looks like another fast paced, hard hitting read from you yet again. Apparently I this book will cost me a weekend of chores so I can focus on just reading your next crime mystery. Thanks.

  4. Joe Congel says:

    Super review! Bye Baby Bye is already on my kindle and is my next read. This story sounds like it’s going to keep me reading late into the night. I love reading Kelly’s books – she really knows how to hook the reader and keep them turning the pages.

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  6. Rox Burkey says:

    Thank you for the clarification, blog host. I can’t wait to read this story.

  7. Whew! I am red-faced about the typos. Actually Bye, Baby, Bye went through another round of editing as late as November 10th. So I doubt you had the most recent version. Enterprise Book Services preps my manuscripts for publication and I had madly scrambled to get yet another version to them before publication on November 22nd. So your review was fair. Thank you for the kind words about Bye Baby Bye and the four-star review.

    • Hi, Kelly! Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog. I downloaded my copy from Amazon on 11/20. I’m happy to show examples of what I found so you can be sure the most current copy is what was uploaded to Amazon. Please email me through my contact form if you’d like to talk further!

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