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A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
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A Pug's Tale

by Alison Pace

Series: Pug Hill (2)

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Hope NcNeill has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for years, but this is the first time she's been able to bring along her pug, Max. (Officially, at least. Up until now she's had to smuggle him in insider her tote bag.) The occasion: a special "Pug Night" party in honor of a deep-pocketed donor. Max and his friends are having a ball stalking the hors d'oeuvres and getting rambunctious- making Hope wonder if this is also the last time she gets to bring Max to the museum. But when a valuable painting goes missing, the Met needs Hope's--and Max's--help. In her quest for the culprit, Hope is aided by an enigmatic detective, a larger-than-life society heiress, a lady with a shah tau in a stroller, and her arguably intuitive canine. With luck, she'll find some inspiration on her trips to Pug Hill before the investigation starts going downhill...--Cover p. [4].… (more)
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Hope works at the Metropolitan Museum with the artwork. She regularly brings her pet pug to work. On a day when there is a pug-themed party for a prominent donor – a donor who loves pugs, herself – a valuable painting is stolen and a fake left in its place. Hope discovers it and lets her boss know. One other employee, who was in charge of the night’s party, also discovers it. Between them, they decide not to go to the police, but to hire a private investigator to see if they can figure out what happened themselves.

The book was ok. Hope’s pug, Max, was cute. I did find pretty much all of Hope’s social interactions a bit awkward, especially with the donor, as they became “friends”. I just didn’t see the friendship. Overall, just an ok read. ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 8, 2019 |
I found Hope to be super clingy and a bit despite to find some kind of relationship with other characters be it with Elliot, Ben, or Daphne. That's why she was so quickly willing to help Daphne cover up the heist. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
(Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this mystery via Goodreads First Reads. Now for the review.)
Alison Pace has created a warm and very clever mystery. Her main characters, Hope McNeill (a young everywoman-in-the-city), is someone we can not only identify with, but recognize in ourselves or others and she's engaging to boot.

In describing the deeds and quirky actions of Max (the pug), Ms. Pace deftly and humorously points out how much of an extension our pets are of ourselves. Dog owners (& cat owners for that matter) will appreciate the care that she gives in illustrating what life is like with all of the snorts and snuffles that come with a pug.

I don’t want to give away any of the plot because it’s intelligent and a fun read. I can’t wait to see what Hope (and Max) get into next.
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  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
I picked this up because, on recommendation of a friend who knows I miss my dearly-departed pug, I had read Pace's earlier book, "Pug Hill." This book was fantastic because almost every page was filled with wonderful, snorty, squirmy pugginess. But it was terrible, because I am not willing to abandon all credulity and believe the story could have happened at all, period. With minimal knowledge of the museum world, it is possible to break pug-sized holes in pretty much every detail. To say more would mean dealing with spoilers, and I don't care to invest the energy. Add to that, the fact this book has about 30 total pages of plot, spread out over nearly 300 pages -- the rest is the narrator obsessing about stuff. Sorry, Max and Hope; I expect more next time. Bring back Ben. -cg ( )
  Carissa.Green | Mar 31, 2013 |
A cozy-style mystery (with no murder) for the dog crowd. I love Ms. Pace's books, they are fun, sweet, and there's just a touch of mad-cappedness. Like Nick Hornby, she has a way of saying things that I've often felt but am never able to put into words. ( )
  periwinklejane | Mar 30, 2013 |
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