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Another Great Indie: In Search of McDoogal

I love reading. Traditional authors don’t publish enough to feed my appetite so long ago, I turned to my online writing community, blogging authors, and KU. There is never a shortage and they cover every genre, niche, interest, and proclivity. I am one of those people who purchases often based on a review from a fellow writer I respect. I’d name names but there are too many! When I find an unexpected gem, I review it here.

I stumbled on this particular fun masterpiece from one of the authors I follow:

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5

In Search of McDoogal

by Mae Clair


Mae Clair’s In search of McDoogal (2020) is fun, quick paced, and clever. It’s not long so I barely started before I felt like it ended too soon. Brady Conrad thinks he has something special with his girlfriend of six weeks, Vanessa, like she could be The One. So he offers to help her out during an emergency, run a sale at her art gallery while she’s taking care of personal business. It all goes well–he does end up selling a lot–but also sells a painting she wanted to keep. How hard can it be to get it back? Brady knows the man’s first name, where he lives, and that his van is bright orange (who else drives an orange van?). He’s about to find out even with that treasure trove of information, it can be nearly impossible.

I’ve read lots of Mae’s prior books and always loved them for their careful plotting and well-developed characters. Despite this one’s brevity, she again does a good job of developing her story with snappy dialogue, a mix of love and action, and a believable plot (I mean, anyone could make the mistake that landed Brandon in hot water). This is an entirely entertaining story I recommend to those who have experience with something so simple going so wrong.

You can find Mae Clair on Amazon and on her writer’s blog, Mae Clair.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

51 thoughts on “Another Great Indie: In Search of McDoogal

  1. I’m going to pick this one up on my next buying spree, Jacqui. I’ve got a bit of a backlog to work through first. It sounds like a great stress-buster, and Mae’s writing is exceptional. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  2. Hi, Jacqui. Thank you so much for sharing your review of In Search of McDoogal. I’m sorry I’m late in responding. I’ve been dealing with a family health emergency that has kept me offline and may for a while yet, but this was a fun surprise. Many thanks!

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  3. We will definitely never run out of reading material in our community:) Yes, this was a fantastic story with just the right mixture of fun.

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