New Release: In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair #buddyfic #humor #comedyoferrors

Hi, friends. I’m super excited! Instead of sharing a book review today, I’m sharing news of my own release! I had originally intended to do a cover reveal before publishing In Search of McDoogal, but then decided to go all in.

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you already know McDoogal is a different type of story for me. Not only can you read it in ninety minutes or less, but it’s light-hearted in tone. No creatures or beasties, no dark or brooding mystery to solve. Just two guys on a day trip, trying to recover a…well…I’ll let the excerpt explain.

Banner ad for In Search of McDoogal by author, Mae Clair shows cover on e-reader and smart phone, artist's paint brushes in cup to the right side

In the excerpt below, Brady Conrad has just arrived at the house of his friend, Declan Fitzgerald. These two have known each other since high school and are colleagues at an institute dedicated to marine and environmental research. After dragging Declan from bed with a rude doorbell symphony, Brady unloads his tale of woe. He speaks first, followed by Declan.

“I’m in trouble.” Overly dramatic, but he was in deep shit, and if he didn’t do something in the next fifteen hours, he ran the risk of becoming dead meat.


Hard to believe the guy held two doctorate degrees. Brady headed for the family room.

“What kind of trouble?” Declan trailed after him.

“I sold Vanessa’s McDoogal.”

Declan stared. Blinked a few times as if trying to displace the fog of sleep. “What’s a McDoogal?”

“A cat.”

“You sold a cat?”

“No, the cat’s dead. I sold a painting.”

“Of what?”

“Of McDoogal.”

“You sold a painting of a dead cat?”

“Yes. No!” Damn, had he lost the ability to speak English? “The cat wasn’t dead in the painting!”

“Oh.” That at least appeared to have penetrated. “Where’d you get a painting of a cat?”

“I told you. It was Vanessa’s.”

“The painting?”

“Yes. And the cat.”

“I didn’t know Vanessa had a cat.”

“She doesn’t.”

“So, she had a painting of someone else’s cat?”

“No. Damn it, Declan, stop making this so freaking complicated! Vanessa had a cat. A long time ago. She did a painting of it back when she was in college, then the cat died. The painting had sentimental value. I didn’t know and sold it by mistake.”

“Why didn’t you say that in the first place?”

Sound like fun? If you enjoy a story with a quirky tone, an assortment of oddball characters, and plenty of shenanigans, I think you’ll like In Search of McDoogal. I don’t do comedy often, but I did have fun with this! 🙂

Book cover for In Search of McDoogal by author Mae Clair shows a quaint street scene in a small town

Genre: 90 Minute Amazon Short Read > Buddy Fiction > Humor > Day Trip
Publication Date: March 7, 2020

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.

If you’re looking for a light-hearted read themed around a comedy of errors, be sure to grab your copy of In Search of McDoogal.

Available from AMAZON for $1.99


78 thoughts on “New Release: In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair #buddyfic #humor #comedyoferrors

  1. Finished McDoogal already and LOVED it, Mae! I hope to do a review soon, if Life starts cutting me some slack, here. I’ve enjoyed all your writing, as you know, most especially the spooky Hode’s Hill series, but this whole “new” Mae is possibly my favorite of all. As much as I love scary stories, I love to laugh even more, and this little romp had me laughing all the way from Page One to The End. Well done! I cannot wait to share another adventure with Brady and Declan. 🙂 ❤

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    • That is so wonderful to hear, Marcia! My goal was to make people laugh with this story, and experience some silly, feel good moments. Brady and Declan were such fun to write. I do hope to bring them back (and even Clark) in future adventures. I’m so glad you enjoyed my little romp about McDoogal! 🙂


    • I have fingers crossed. Thank you so much!
      The banter between these two, and a few of the other characters made the story such fun to write. I’m so glad you enjoyed my odd diversion in writing! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Diana! I have a silly side that I usually rein in when it comes to writing, but this story was too much fun to resist. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Teh whole book flows at that kind of fast clip 🙂

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  2. Loved the excerpt! Just downloaded it. It sounds like a really fun read! I’m finishing GRINDERS soon, and then can’t wait to read this. (Our grandson’s home right now, though, so I might not get a chance until later this weekend:) CONGRATS, Mae!

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    • Wow, Judi, I just appreciate that McDoogal has a spot on your read list whenever you get to it. This one is really different for me, as I’m sure you’ll discover. I had a lot of fun writing it and hope to revisit these characters again down the road.
      Thanks so much!

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    • That is awesome to hear, Sarah! Thank you so much! This is very different type of story for me (silly, short, and fun). I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
      And Marcia is great for getting the word out and about, LOL!


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