Book Review: “In Search of McDoogal” by Mae Clair @maeclair1 @storyempire #IARTG #WritingCommunity

Hello and welcome to my book review of “In Search of McDoogal” By Mae Clair.

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Meet Mae Clair.

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A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at


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In search of something ugly…

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 Vanessa’s return, Brady has less than a day to track McDoogal 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.

McDoogal is smack in the middle. But Brady’s biggest dilemma isn’t the disastrous hunt. It’s confessing to Vanessa her painting is the ugliest thing he’s ever seen.

My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A wonderful addition to this talented author’s repertoire.

I’ve been a fan of author Mae Clair since I first read the Hodes Hill series.

This genre is new to her and she has nailed it. Comedic writing is difficult at best, and this author has the talent to make it look easy. Her comedic timing is perfect.

The wonderful characterizations of the focused duo of Brady and Declan make them clearly visible. Their snappy banter and camaraderie born of comfort in each other’s presence make them both intensely likable.

I enjoyed the fast pacing as Brady and Declan set out to retrieve a painting and avoid the consequences of Brady needing to fess up to his new girlfriend that he messed up badly when left in charge of her gallery, The journey these two close friends set out on had me laughing out loud. A case of anything that can go wrong … did.

Mae Clair had gifted us with a marvelous cast of characters, and a read that left me smiling long after I finished reading.

Top-notch all the way.  A wonderful addition to this talented author’s repertoire.



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Thanks so much for joining me today! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

38 thoughts on “Book Review: “In Search of McDoogal” by Mae Clair @maeclair1 @storyempire #IARTG #WritingCommunity

  1. Hi, John! Thanks for checking on Soooz’s review. I’m so excited by it, especially as this one is so different for me. I’m thrilled it resides on your Kindle and hope you enjoy the tale when it surfaces 🙂

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  2. What a fantastic review, Soooz! I agree with you in that I’ve been a fan of Mae’s since the first book of hers that I read and I think that was the Point Pleasant series. She is super talented! I will be reading this story SOON! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Hi, Jan! Thank you for those wonderful words. I am so glad you have enjoyed my work, and I hope you like this odd, silly little thing just as much as my more complex mysteries. Thanks for dropping by to check out the review Soooz left. 🙂

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  3. HI, Soooz! What a lovely surprise to find your review today. I couldn’t be happier that you enjoyed the story. I stepped out on a limb doing a totally different genre in this one, but I had a lot of fun with it. I’m so happy it gave you some giggles 🙂

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    1. It was such a pleasure to read this book, Mae. The fact that you had fun writing it shines through clearly, my friend. Stepping out on that limb paid off wonderfully. Bravo. 😍

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  4. What a wonderful review, Suzanne. This book does sod appealing.
    I haven’t read anything to Mae. She is a completely new author to me – so much to browse right now 🙂

    Thank you for sharing and congratulations to Mae on her new book release!

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    1. Hi, Patricia. Many thanks for checking out the review Soooz left. I normally write mystery/suspense with folklore blended in, so In Search of McDoogal was an entirely different genre for me. Thanks for the best wishes! 🙂

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  5. Brilliant review, Soooz. I couldn’t agree with you more. I read everything she writes, and I love every word. This was no exception. Comedy is a departure for this talented author, but you’d never know it. She handled it like a master.

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    1. Aww, what a lovely comment, Staci. I was worried when I hit “publish” on this one. So happy to know it resonated as well as my other work. Thanks for all your support, my friend!

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    2. Yup! She nailed it! It’s a nerve-wracking time taking on a new genre, we put ourselves out there, hold our breath and wait. The great reviews are so richly deserved. I can’t wait to see what Mae comes up with next. Thanks for the support, Staci. 😊

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  6. A great review, Soooz. I absolutely loved this book, and was happily surprised at how well Mae switched from the spooky goings on in her Hode’s Hill series to this fun romp with two best friends. I loved the relationship between Brady and Declan, and the way their back and forth banter rang so true. The entire story had me laughing and I (like you) highly recommend it!

    Thanks for a super post Soooz, and congratulations, Mae, on yet another wonderful review for McDoogal. I can’t wait for the next book! 🙂

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    1. Heehee, Marcia. I’m delighted by your comment! Especially because you do banter so well yourself. 🙂

      I’m thrilled by the lovely review Soooz wrote and having so many people drop by to say they enjoyed my silly little tale. Thank you!

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    2. Thank you, Marcia! My daughter read it yesterday and loved it as well. I’d love to see more of Brady and Declan. I appreciate you stopping by and offering your support.

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  7. I’ve read enough by Mae to know that anything she writes is great. She is a multi-talented author who is not bound to any genre. I have picked up my copy of this book and look forawrd to the read. Thanks for sharing this, Soooz!

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