Sep 21, 2011

A Pug's Tale Review

Author: Alison Pace
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  • 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (June 7, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 042524119X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241196
  • 8/10


Hope McNeill feels like she finally has it all- a wonderful boyfriend, an adorable pug named Max, and a dream job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That she's able to sneak Max into work with her is just the icing on the cake- that is, until an art heist on her watch brings everything tumbling down.

When Hope discovers a priceless painting is missing, her bosses keep it quiet in hopes that they can retrieve the painting themselves. But Hope is certain that she is their top suspect and secretly take things into her own hands. Following anonymous clues on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum- and letting guidance from a wealthy museum benefactress and even Max help her along the way- Hope inches closer and closer to a truth that will change everything.


It took me a while to read A Pug's Tale. This Summer made it almost impossible to get anything done but now Autumn is upon us and I took the liberty to finish this adorable book. I loved it! I didn't realize it was a sequel to Pug Hill. But that's okay. I didn't feel like I missed anything at all. It went a little too fast for me and there were a few plot holes that left me a little confused at times, but I would definitely suggest this book for anyone to read! My favorite character was definitely Max- such a genius pug!

When a priceless painting goes missing, Hope suspects everyone- even the Crazy Snack Lady while everyone she works with (besides a few security guards who let her sneak an adorable overweight pug named Max into work everyday) suspects that she took it. After a major pug fight at a benefit dinner starring Max as the villain, Hope never thought she would grow close to the woman who's pug Max went after. But as the woman listens to Hope's problems, Hope starts watching the actions of everyone around her, including the man she's been working with for years.

As Hope gathers clues that are place within the museum, she starts to listen to Max, who has intuition of who the culprit could be. Hope is growing so fond of Max, she has is having dreams where he talks to her about the museum clues.

Hope finally figures out who had it and you won't believe who it is!

About the Author

Alison Pace is the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick and Thin, City Dog, and A Pug's Tale. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies including It's a Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties, Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit.
Alison lives in New York City where she teaches creative writing and is at work on another book.


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