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The Maid by Nita Prose
Mystery

The Maid

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Nita Prose, on your first book!

by Nita Prose

Quick take

This absolute charmer follows Molly Gray as she tries to solve the murder at her hotel before anyone pins it on her.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Quirky

    Quirky

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Whodunit

    Whodunit

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Buzzy

    Buzzy

  • Illustrated icon, Icons_Underdog

    Underdog

Why I love it

Ashley Audrain
Author, The Push

Over the holidays last year, I was burned out from the pandemic and my reading life was in a rare slump. On a particularly exhausting morning, an envelope arrived at the door from my Canadian publisher and inside was a bound manuscript of The Maid, a debut from a fellow Toronto writer that I’d heard a lot about. I made a cup of tea, put on Netflix for the kids (again), and thought I’d try my best to make it through at least a chapter or two…

Hours later, kids running wild, I’d been completely swept into the life of Molly the Maid, an eccentric and dedicated employee at the luxurious Regency Grand Hotel, who is coping with the loss of her beloved Gran as she quietly goes about her routine—until she discovers a prestigious guest dead in his hotel room and becomes the easy target of everyone’s suspicion. “The truth is,” Molly tells us, “I often have trouble with social situations; it’s as though everyone is playing an elaborate game with complex rules they all know, but I’m always playing for the first time.”

Delightful, charming, endearing, quirky, uplifting—all of these words describe the spirit of this novel and our dear protagonist Molly, one of the most memorable and original characters I’ve read in years. In part, this is a whodunnit cozy mystery, and yes, that’s one good reason to turn the pages. But what makes The Maid so special is the heartbreak and complexity beneath that. This novel will make you examine why we overlook and underappreciate the people we do, what it means for someone to truly feel seen in this world, and how far we’d go for the ones we love. What a treat you have ahead to be opening the doors to the Regency Grand Hotel for the very first time…

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Synopsis

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

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Preview

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  • Carrollton, TX

    I really enjoyed this “cozy mystery”. It wasn’t the same old, same old, and I really liked the main character Molly. I found myself sneaking in pages whenever I could- a sign it was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+ for me

  • Milwaukee, WI

    Wow. Just wow. Absolutely loved. Love the voice the author created for Molly. I loved the way the story was woven. We all knew what was happening when Molly didn’t, but it didn’t bother me … so good!!

  • Canton, MI

    I read this in one sitting. The description is perfect. You think it’s going to be a cozy mystery but it’s really not.There are a few surprises toward the end that were surprises!Don’t miss this one!

  • Springfield, MO

    THIS WAS SO GOOD!!!!! Molly is such a wonderful & compelling character & I loved being in her head. It was so delightful to solve this mystery with her! Already calling this as one of my favs of 2022!

  • Fairbanks , AK

    This one stole my heart. Molly is a maid working at the Regency Grand and she loves her job. We follow Molly through the week as a murder is getting solved. Only Molly is the suspect… Its so good!

  • Ephrata, PA

    Molly the Maid was a great main character…one of the best I have “met” in a long time. Her innocence and version of the truth made for lots of twists and turns. A book I couldn’t put down!

  • Duluth, MN

    I loved this book and lead character Miss Molly. She’s unique and her struggles with social awkwardness all too real for many- and how refreshing to have a character like this-many will relate.

  • Florence, AL

    Stayed up till 4 am to finish this one! Molly the Maid is an endearing character, a bit of an oddball in her demeanor and literal conversation. The plot twists keep on coming till the last page.

  • Bellefonte, PA

    I fell in love with this delightful story! It’s a compulsive read with memorable characters you want to protect and root for, and who also make you think about assumptions and differences.

  • Kingsport, TN

    This book hit the mark in all the right ways and took me by surprise! I loved Molly Gray and all her quirks. The mystery is compelling and the ending hits the spot with a surprising twist.

  • Boise, ID

    I loved this book! An untraditional narrator with a different point of view. A mystery, a murder, and lessons on living. Humorous, sweet, and overall life-affirming. Definitely recommend.

  • Anacortes, WA

    Oh my goodness. I loved this book. Read it- it makes you see things through a different lens and makes you more sympathetic to quirky human natures. Read it. You won’t regret it.

  • Pontiac , MI

    I received this book as an ARC and loved it! The story was quick paced and the characters were great. I especially loved seeing Molly's character growth. I'd definitely recommend!

  • Pittsburgh, PA

    The main character was so lovable and she really makes you see things from a perspective you couldn’t have otherwise. It was a great story, kept you entranced the entire time!

  • Chesapeake, VA

    The true delight of this book is the main character Molly Gray the Maid. Her perspective and character development carry the narrative into interesting and unexpected directions.

  • Oak Harbor , WA

    Molly is a quirky but enjoyable main character. This was a great book to shake up the mystery genre a bit, with plenty of mystery and a little suspense throughout the story.

  • Westfield, IN

    Such a good book. The twist at the end was perfect in every way. Life lesson: never, ever make people feel invisible in your presence, even if they are “just a maid.”

  • Merrill, WI

    This book was such a nice change from my normal reading. I loved the main character, it was so interesting to see how she navigated life. I hope this author writes more!

  • Schertz, TX

    I loved the character of Molly and especially the many revelations about her and those around her. The conclusion to the mystery was also very satisfying. A great read!

  • Hollywood, MD

    Sat up all night reading this. I didn’t want to put it down. I love that the main character is on the spectrum. There aren’t enough books spotlighting disabilities

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