Book Review | A Pug’s Tale
Title: A Pug’s Tale
Author: Alison Pace
A Pug’s Tale is the follow-up novel to Alison Pace’s Pug Hill, but anyone interested in reading A Pug’s Tale does not necessarily need to read Pug Hill first. I am the type of reader who has to read things in order, but you will not miss a thing if you read these out of order, or even skip Pug Hill altogether. Out of the two, I actually prefer A Pug’s Tale and wish I had just passed on Pug Hill.
A Pug’s Tale continues Hope McNeill’s life story as she finds herself in the middle of a theft at her beloved Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she works in the Conservation Studio. After a special “Pug Night” at the museum thrown for wealthy donor (and fellow pug owner) Daphne Markham, Hope notices that a Fantin-Latour painting has been replaced with a fake.
Soon Hope begins receiving mysterious clues that might help her discover the whereabouts of the valuable piece of art. Instead of going to the police and reporting the theft, Hope and her co-workers cover everything up and conduct a private investigation. But it isn’t fun for Hope anymore when she realizes that she might be the prime suspect.
A Pug’s Tale is a light, frothy, and pretty simple mystery that seemed an odd choice for a sequel to Pug Hill. I was expecting more of Hope’s obnoxious internal monologues about relationships, pugs, and politics, and thankfully there was very little about her relationship with Ben or her personal politics. Instead, A Pug’s Tale brings up some serious discussion points about deception and morality.
Once again Hope makes some very poor decisions, though in all fairness she was clueless about being conned. In Hope’s position, I think even the most average person would contact the police and not take matters into their own hands. If that had happened in A Pug’s Tale, however, there would have been no story.
Though most of the mystery in this novel was very silly to me, I appreciated Pace’s descriptions of New York City, Central Park, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s clear she is very knowledgable about her home city, but in contrast I was disappointed and very surprised at the lack of effort from both author and copy editors to catch a very glaring error with a Disney pop culture reference. It’s pretty unlikely that I will decide to read any of Alison Pace’s previous novels or future novels.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*