Book Review: In Search of McDoogal by @MaeClair1 #TuesdayBookShare

Hey everyone! Like with everything this year, I’m way behind in writing and posting reviews. I read In Search of McDoogle by Mae Clair shortly after its release date but didn’t write or post my review until last week. I wanted to share it with you today.


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:

The Things We Do for Love

Anytime I see a new release by Mae Clair, I know it’s going to be a fantastic read. Having enjoyed both her Hodes Hill and Point Pleasant series, as well as single titles such as Eclipse Lake, I immediately bought a copy of In Search of McDoogle.

While this story is far different from her usual genre, it didn’t disappoint.

Brady Conrad wants to impress his girlfriend. When he accidentally sells her beloved painting, he enlists the help of his friend, Declan, to help retrieve it.

What follows is a trip to a nearby town in search of the elusive “masterpiece,” a cast of quirky characters, a comedy of errors, and lots of laughs.

A solid five stars for this one.

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45 thoughts on “Book Review: In Search of McDoogal by @MaeClair1 #TuesdayBookShare

  1. Just call me an impulsive book buyer! Your review convinced me I needed to buy my first Mae Clair mystery. Great review and a solid 5 stars always get my attention, especially when they’re your stars!

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  2. A wonderful review for a wonderful story, Joan! I thoroughly enjoyed this short story from Mae, and even though it was a different direction for her, she pulled it off perfectly! I want to know more about these characters!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed McDoogal, Jan. It was definitely a new writing direction for me, but so much fun to experiment. I hope to revisit these characters in the future. It’s great knowing they (and my change of direction) were well received. 🙂

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  3. What a wonderful surprise to find this review today, Joan. You’ve made my morning! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about my quirky little story on your blog. I am so glad you enjoyed McDoogal! 🙂

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  4. I loved this story, too. It doesn’t matter what genre Mae writes in, her plots are well-crafted, her characters well-developed, and her stories have heart. This light-hearted romp was a departure for her, but it’s every bit as good as her darker work. So nice to see it highlighted here today. Best wishes to her. Thanks, Joan.

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    1. So nice of you to say those things, Staci! I am so glad my work resonates with you ❤

      McDoogal was such a departure for me, I worried how it would be received, but when I hear comments like this it makes me want to play in that world again. It will be nice to experiment between longer works with short little stories like McDoogal.Thanks for all your support!

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    1. It’s definitely humorous and fun, Janet. I know a number of readers enjoyed it during lockdown and said it lifted their spirits and gave them a smile. If you give it a try, I hope you enjoy it!

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