When Hope McNeill, a long-time employee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, participated in “Pug Night” at the Met, to honor a deep-pocketed donor, she had no way of knowing how her life would turn upside down afterwards.
For on that very night, someone seemingly whisks away an expensive painting, replacing it with a fake. The substitution is discovered the next day when the fake appears in the Conservation Studio where Hope spends her days.
With her beloved pug Max in tow, Hope begins sorting through clues that show up mysteriously; first in an e-mail, and then, like some kind of scavenger hunt, they begin to appear next to one or another of the pieces of art in the museum.
We get to enjoy knowing Hope fully, as the tale is told in first person. Hope is one of those characters who shows us her inner thoughts, as she hurtles down one pathway after another. We also get to enjoy Max’s characteristics, from his snorting to his various seemingly human dialogues. He appears to Hope in her dreams, providing one or another new way for her to examine the clues.
But what is Max telling Hope? And what do the clues really point to in this mysterious quest? And how do Hope’s new friends Daphne and her pug Madeline add to the picture that is now forming?
I laughed all through this wonderful, colorful journey, and while I didn’t have the mystery completely figured out beforehand, I wasn’t completely surprised, either.
To add to the real flavor that colors the pages all the way through A Pug’s Tale, we also enjoy Hope’s thoughts about her boyfriend Ben, who is away working in another country. They enjoy Skype moments, just like any other couple. But will their love last? And what will finally bring resolution to this wonderful and captivating tale? Five stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Acclaimed author Alison Pace delighted readers with her witty exploration of friendship and love—of both the human and canine variety—in the novel Pug Hill. In her newest novel, A Pug’s Tale (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; June 7, 2011; $15.00), she transports her trademark wry humor and beloved pugs to the center of an art heist at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. An irresistible mix of intrigue, behind-the-scenes art knowledge and pugs, A Pug’s Tale is a funny, engaging sequel that is not to be missed.