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A Pug's Tale

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Hope McNeill 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 (without sneaking him in in her tote bag). The occasion is a party for an Animals in 19th-Century Art exhibit, but the evening ends badly when a small but important painting seems to be missing. The Met needs Hope's-and Max's-help. And ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley Books
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Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
This was originally going to get a solid 3 stars, until I found this passage on page 191:

"She held her aloft in almost exactly the same way that Mustafa held Simba aloft at the start of The Lion King, except Daphne held Madeline facing toward her as opposed to outward in the direction of, for the sake of this scenario, the pride lands."

First of all, it's Mufasa!

Secondly, it was Rafiki—not Mufasa—who showed off Simba to the Pride Lands (which, yes, should be capitalized).

I realize I probably tak
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 ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is by far Alison Pace's best book to-date. Her quick wit and penchant for writing humorous tales revolving around dogs and art have come together in this magnum opus.

While I loved and adored Pug Hill, what left me wanting more from that story was that the pugs of Pug Hill were not in it enough. A Pug's Tale most certainly remedies the problem of not enough pugs. While Hope is the protagonist of this story, her pug Max is most certainly the star, for without Max, it would be impossible for
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I read this book while on vacation and loved it! It is a light and fun mystery to read.

Hope first meets Daphne, a fellow pug owner, at a pug party at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Hope works in the art restoration department. When an important painting goes missing the night of the party and the fake ends up in the art restoration office, Hope's boss decides not to go to the authorities and takes matters in his own hands. Hope feels sure that she is a suspect and decides she must solve t
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was so excited to receive this follow-up book to Alison Pace’s Pug Hill and I was not disappointed! A Pug’s Tale was everything I was expecting and more. I love the combination of the art world, New York’s Central Park, and of course the pugs. Readers will not be left out in the cold if they haven’t read the first book featuring art restoration expert Hope McNeill. This is a great story on it’s own with minimal references to the first. However, I am sure that new readers will fall in love with ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
It started out very cute and i plunged through the first 150 pages very quickly, but it kind of hits a wall once you get the concept and the characters, and then it becomes kind of limited. It's a mystery, but only loosely so. There's very little forward movement in the plot, it's just kind of the main character being paranoid and possibly being toyed with by a wealthy museum patron. Ultimately I didn't really care what happened to her, the dogs, the other characters or the painting, so i stoppe ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I was excited to receive a copy of A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace (June 7) for review!

Hope McNeill has a good life, complete with an amazing boyfriend (Ben), an adorable pug (Max), and an incredible job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Though she's been sneaking Max to work for a while, she finally has an opportunity to officially bring him to the museum for "Pug Night," an event honoring a very wealthy donor. Amidst classical music, champagne flutes, and a fully-stocked buffet table, the pugs are
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won A PUG'S TALE by Alison Pace from GoodReads, and I'm so glad I did! It was sweet and fun, pretty much everything I could ask for in a summer read. The main character, Hope McNeill, works in the restoration department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Her boyfriend is away for three months doing legal work across the globe, and Hope's dog-sitting with his pug, Max. The story begins to unfurl at a museum bash for a wealthy patron named Daphne, also a pug owner (her "gorgeous ...more
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
[Spoilers ahead!]

I really liked Pug Hill so I picked up this book when I saw it at the library the other day. Unfortunately, I can't say I like A Pug's Tale at all. I find it extremely tedious to read - the writing style was long-winded, verbose and repetitive. I know the protagonist's (Hope) boyfriend was in Kinshasa and that she wished he was in NY with her but the author didn't have to keep highlighting this in every other chapter, as she did for Max's portrait project. I also have a problem
Apr 23, 2011 added it
Shelves: fiction
There was some definite tail-wagging at my house when this book arrived. I've read and enjoyed Alison Pace's other books (although I'm keeping my copy of If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend unread and waiting for a rainy day when I know I need a good read), and when I won a copy of her latest months before its release, I may have danced in glee.

A Pug's Tale was a charming, enjoyable read. It was a love song for a girl and her dog as well as for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wrapped up in a scaveng
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Hope McNeill works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is caring for her boyfriend’s pug, Max, while he is gone.

Tonight in honor of famous celebrity and philanthropist, Daphne Markham; the museum is hosting “Pugs Night”. This will be the first time that “officially” Hope will get to bring Max to the Met. Though, if it was not for this party and the fact that Hope got to bring Max, she would be at home. Hope is more of a home body. After a disastrous situation involving Max and Daphne’s pug,
Orbs n Rings
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A bubbly unique tale of suspense, intrigue and Pugaliscious delight.

Oh the sweetness of this unique tale! I loved this story from the beginning and Hope the main character has the cutest personality ever. I love how Hope was in love with her boss Elliott, yet tries to convince herself she no longer is. Well Hope does have a boyfriend, even if he is half way across the world. Pace has a easy going smooth writing style that had me flying through this book in no time at all, or was it that I couldn
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I laughed out loud at the opening scene-Pug Night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The author has many pug characteristics down pat. The story is a little flimsy though. I gave it an extra star because of the endearing pug bits. Being on my third pug now, I can say I am totally pugged and enjoyed reading about Max. However, the way our heroine casually carries Max around with her makes me wonder about her muscles. My lightest pug is over eight kilos, not an insignificant weight, and not a weig ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yeah! Thank you Ms. Pace, Penguin Group, and Goodread's for making me a first reads reader. I can't wait to read this book.

What a great read! Pugs and an art heist makes quite the page turner. I really loved Hope (our amateur detective) and Max who are accidentally involved in an art heist. Great clues, a few read herrings, and it comes together quite nicely. A quite satisfying detective read and I can't wait for Hope and Max to solve another crime. If you like mysteries and pugs... this is a g
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Now I have been looking forward to this book for awhile! The cover is just so adorable it just makes you want to read the book! A mystery involving pugs is just to cute! I love mysteries that involve animals! I'm an animal lover and a few of my favorite series have animals as main characters in the series- The cat Who and Mrs. Murphy of the top of my head!! Can't wait to read this!
My aunt reviewed it as a quick, cute read!! :) Now I'm even more excited!!
Karen B.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Karen B. by: first reads winner
This book (which I won last week) was a delightful read. Hope is a very smart lady with one very smart pug companion. Anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and pets is sure to love this. The description of Max (and the other pugs) made me want to go out and adopt a pug! The love that Hope has for this dog will certainly have a familiar ring to anyone who has loved a pet or pets. It was great light reading and I read this in two days.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Better than Pug Hill, in that our protagonist now owns a pug rather than just sitting around wishing she had a pug. And Lord love a psychic, mystery-solving pug!

Pug lovers will chuckle at the charming descriptions of pug interactions and of our enthusiastic Max; mystery lovers will perhaps be puzzled by the plodding plot and the infuriating ending.

Also: the Hootie & the Blowfish and AOL instant messenger shout-outs are replaced with the Skype. Progress!
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads. This is a wonderful tale for any pug lover. I have many times pondered how I could smuggle my own pug into many places! Allison Pace kept the story exciting, fresh, and was a wonderful sequel, to her novel Pug Hill, which I loved just as much. I hope to see more pug-love from her in the future!!
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
A Goodreads First Read win. Looking forward to reading the book.

A delightful cozy mystery which includes the Met, Central Park and a delightful Pug called Max, and a missing painting. Perfect for the beach or a lazy day on your sun-porch.

Thank you First Reads.
Sue Sharp
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
For anyone who loves Pugs, a light mystery.
Lori Cipro
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first time reading Alison Pace and this was a really fun read. I'm not a pug owner but loved learning about them in this story.
Chase Branson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In A PUG'S TALE, four-legged pugs are taking over New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Hope McNeill has worked at the MET for years, but this is the first time she's been able to bring her pug, Max, inside officially. Previously she's had to smuggle him in her Sherpa bag.

The occasion: "Pug Night" a pug-a-luscious party in recognition of a very generous donor. Max and his pug friends are having a ball stalking hors d'oeuvres, getting rambunctious and making Hope wonder if this will be the l
Joan Maclin
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a clever little story about a pug with intuition and a caretaker (girlfriend of the owner, the owner being in Kinshasa doing humanitarian work) who works in conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A eccentric supporter of the museum gets a Pug Night held there, during which a valuable painting disappears and a very convincing fake appears in its stead.

As the story unfolds, we get to know Hope McNeill and Max, the pug, very well. This is a light read made very pleasant by the perf
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
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. (view spoiler) ...more
Connie Mollo
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Not my type of mystery but it was a cute story. Hate and switch with art piece. A surprise at the end. Light reading and a little slow moving.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pugs are a big part of the story which is a who dunnit. A painting is stolen from an museum.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was very cute - made me wish I had visited the Met at least once. But the main character was a dither-er. I just wanted to slap her and say "snap out of it" on about every page.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The only reason I'm giving this awful book 2 stars instead of 1 is because a black pug is one of the main characters. I love black pugs.

Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
All is right in the world. Hope has found the perfect boyfriend who also happens to be a Democrat, she has a job she loves at the Met and best of all she now has a pug of her own to care for, Max. Unfortunately there are a few snags in Hope’s near perfect world including the fact that her boyfriend, Ben, happens to be on the other side of the world doing service for Lawyers without Borders leaving her questioning their relationship on a near constant basis. In addition to her love life hanging i ...more
Linda Lombardi
I hated this author's previous pug-themed book, Pug Hill, because it was a total bait and switch: get people to buy a book because of pugs, and trick them into reading one of those lame modern novels about an uninteresting person and her unbelievably trivial problems. You will note from my other reviews that I mostly read genre fiction, and this is because in genre fiction, writers have to have imagination. They can't just drone on and on about people's feelings and have nothing in particular ha ...more
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I'm the author of the novels If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Pug Hill, Through Thick and Thin, City Dog and A Pug's Tale . My essays have been included in several anthologies including Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit.

My memoir, You Tell Your Dog First, just came out.

I live in New York City where I te

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