#NewBook: In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair @MaeClair1

Hi everyone. Today, I have great pleasure in hosting author and friend, Mae Clair, so that she can tell us about her book, In Search of McDoogal … and at the end of Mae’s post, I want to share my book review of In Search of McDoogal with you all ๐Ÿ™‚ … take it away, Mae >>>

Many thanks for hosting me today for the release of my Amazon short read, In Search of McDoogal. Many authors cross genres as writers, others experiment with different niches in fiction. Iโ€™m a mystery/suspense author, known for my love of folklore and urban legends, so what am I doing writing a light-hearted, quasi-road trip story?



In Search of McDoogal introduces several characters who have been kicking around in my head for years. I like visiting them because theyโ€™re able to run the gamut from silly to serious, much like some of the old buddy TV shows I loved (Starsky and Hutch, and Simon and Simon, to name a few). Although McDoogal is a short read, these characters have plenty of backstory. So much, that you may see them again in a series of shorts or even novellas down the road. I donโ€™t intend to change my genre as an author, but Iโ€™m not adverse to experimenting a time or two.


In Search of McDoogal takes me into a realm Iโ€™ve havenโ€™t visited in published work before. Itโ€™s a bit of fluff, light-hearted, silly and fun. You can read it in ninety-minutes or less, a nice little diversion any time of day.


And what exactly is a McDoogal? Wellโ€ฆyouโ€™ll have to read the story to find out ๐Ÿ™‚


In search of something uglyโ€ฆ

Early morning sunrise on quaint Main Street of Hudson Ohio

All Brady Conrad wants to do is earn a few merit points with his artist girlfriend, so he volunteers to cover her gallery when she leaves town. What should be an easy day of sales goes belly up when he mistakenly sells a cherished painting.

With the clock ticking toward Vanessaโ€™s return, Brady has less than a day to trackย McDoogalย down. He coerces his friend Declan to tag along for moral support. How difficult can it be for an investigator and the director of a renowned institute to find a single painting in a town the size of a postage stamp?

Neither Brady nor Declan counted on a suspicious sheriff, rival baseball teams with a longstanding grudge, or a clueless kid trying to win his girlfriend with all the wrong gifts.

McDoogalย is smack in the middle. But Bradyโ€™s biggest dilemma isnโ€™t the disastrous hunt. Itโ€™s confessing to Vanessa her painting is the ugliest thing heโ€™s ever seen.

I hope youโ€™ll join in the fun of this road-trip-buddy-fic-comedy-of-errors. Did I mention In Search of McDoogal falls into Amazonโ€™s 90-minute short read category? Perfect for an extended lunch break or quick read any time of the day or evening. When you donโ€™t want to get immersed in a full-length novel, short reads make a nice fiction snack ๐Ÿ™‚


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As promised, here’s my review:






Laugh-out-loud funny.

I grabbed this book as soon as it released because I love this writer. While itโ€™s not her usual supernatural thriller, it is a fun comedy-of-errors romance with a cute twist at the end.

The book is a quick read of about an hour and a page turner.

If you need some light relief then In Search of McDoogal is for you.

I give it a solid five stars.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER โ€” Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! โ€” An okay read. Didnโ€™t love it. Didnโ€™t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS โ€”Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA โ€”Lots of issues with this book.

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Diana Peach

I’m looking forward to this one, Mae. I just need to make a little room in my kindle. Thanks for hosting, Harmony. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mark Bierman

I must confess to being quite surprised, Mae, when I saw your name on this genre. However, like Harmony, I love your writing style and a copy is on my Kindle. Great review! Thank you Harmony for sharing this!

Toni Pike

A wonderful review, Harmony – congratulations to Mae, McDoogal sounds glorious. Toni x

Kevin Cooper

Fabulous review, Harmony. Kudos on a whole new genre publication, Mae. Iโ€™ll be sure to share my own thoughts on it somewhere down the road. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love Mae’s books and look forward to reading this one. It sounds delightful!

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

This books sounds great, Harmony, but I am determined that A thousand yesteryears is my next read by Mae.

Natalie Ducey

This just makes me smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on the wonderful review, Mae!
Many thanks to you both for sharing the joy! xo

Miriam Hurdle

I couldn’t control my laughing when I was reading the book. Very nice, Mae!Thank you, Harmony, for hosting Mae and include your review of her book.

Mae Clair

I love hearing that you enjoyed the story, Miriam. My goal was definitely to bring laughter with this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts!


A well-deserved review on a book that had me rocking with laughter. I’m so looking forward to seeing these wonderful characters again. Thanks for sharing this with us, Harmony.

Mae Clair

You made my day, Soooz! I’m grinning ear to ear hearing you enjoyed McDoogal so much. Thank you, my friend!

Mae Clair

Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed McDoogal and all of my quirky characters, Soooz. I’m looking forward to bringing Brady and Declan back for future adventures! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

Judith L Post

This short read ranks really high on my list of favorites this year. It was just the right amount of humor to keep me smiling and chuckling through the entire story. Loved it!

Mae Clair

Aww, thanks, Judi. I am doing a Snoopy Dance hearing that comment. Thanks so much for your support and for sharing your thoughts!

Jacquie Biggar

Like you, I raced out to buy a copy of McDoogal the moment it came out, as it was from one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed the humor and wit Mae used, but even more, I loved how hard Brady searched for that ugly painting to please his girl. Now that’s romance ๐Ÿ™‚

Mae Clair

Jacquie, I am blushing from that wonderful comment. You made my day, girlfriend! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I am so glad you enjoyed Brady’s dilemma…and that of poor McDoogal, LOL. Thank you!!!

D.L. Finn

This was a great read that had me laughing:) I was also a big fan of Starsky and Hutch. I’m looking forward to more. Great review!

Mae Clair

Woohoo! Another S&H fan! I LOVED that show. I’ve always been a fan of buddy shows and stories.
And I’m thrilled that you also enjoyed McDoogal, Denise. It was fun to experiment with something along a different line ๐Ÿ™‚

Mae Clair

Harmony, many thanks for hosting me and McDoogal today. And thank you for sharing your review here. It’s always a pleasure to visit with you. I so appreciate your support!

Jan Sikes

Hi, Mae! Great to see you here! I loved all the characters in this short story and I do hope they’ll pop up again somewhere. The sheriff had me in stitches! Well, they all did. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Harmony!

Mae Clair

LOL! I love that feedback, Jan. And I do hope to bring these characters back again. I really had a fun time writing them. So glad you enjoyed my quirky little story!

Jacqui Murray

Good, quick, fun read with a satisfying ending.

Mae Clair

Thank you, Jacqui. I’m delighted you enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting to share your thoughts about McDoogal today!

Marcia Meara

So glad to see McDoogal and Mae getting some more love over here today, Harmony! I read this book between dinner and bedtime one night, and laughed myself silly. It was such a change from the last series I’d read of Mae’s (the shivery Hode’s Hill trilogy) but equally as good. Just in a different–and hilarious–way! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a short, FUN escape from all that’s driving us crazy in the world today. Great post, Mae and Harmony! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

Mae Clair

I’m so glad McDoogal and I kept you entertained, Marcia. I enjoyed taking a diversion from my supernatural thrillers. Thanks for your support and the wonderful recommendation. Hopefully, I’ll get back to Brady and Declan with another tale soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

CS Boyack

McDoogal is getting a lot of good press lately, and itโ€™s well deserved. I read this one, too, and loved it.

Mae Clair

Thanks so much for adding your recommendation and for your support, Craig. I didn’t do a lot of promo on this short little read, but I’m glad it brought some fun moments for those readers who discovered it!

Teri Polen

I’ve got this one coming up soon. I actually tried to get Alexa to read it to me from my Kindle, but she said she couldn’t find it – even though it’s there. Stupid Alexa.

Mae Clair

LOL! Alexa does have a mind of her own now and then. I’ve hit some road bumps with her too.

Glad it’s coming up on your TBR, Teri. I hope you enjoy the silliness. Many thanks for visiting with me and Harmony today!

Joan Hall

McDoogle is different than Mae’s usual writing but I absolutely loved it!

Nice to see the book getting attention around the blogosphere.

Mae Clair

Thanks, Joan. It was scary taking a chance on something so different, but I had fun with it. I hope to experiment again down the road. Many thanks for all your support!

Priscilla Bettis

It’s on my TBR. I’ve only heard great things about Mae’s story, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Mae Clair

I’m delighted to hear it’s on your TBR, Priscilla. I think you’ll get a few laughs out of it (at least I hope you will)! It’s a lighthearted little romp, and McDoogal is, well….McDoogal ๐Ÿ˜€

Staci Troilo

Ah, Harmony. I’m the same way. I grab everything she writes as soon as it’s out. It’s a wonderfully humorous story, a departure for sure, but no less entertaining. I love your review. Thanks for hosting. And best wishes to Mae.

Mae Clair

You are so supportive of me, Staci. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it–and I’m utterly thrilled that even when I take a detour with something silly like McDoogal, you take that detour with me. Thank you!

john howell

I have this on my Kindle, Harmony. I want to get to it sooner rather than later but there are others in the way (like Fallout for instance) Super review.

Mae Clair

I’m glad to hear that McDoogal is nesting on your Kindle, John. And I fully understand about having other books ahead in the reading queue. I’m in the same situation, wanting to catch up. I hope you enjoy McDoogal when it surfaces. And I know you will love Fallout. Harmony’s book is excellent!