The Maid-ARC Review

58484331._SY475_A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers a guest murdered in his bed. Solving the mystery will turn her once orderly world upside down in this utterly original debut.

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misinterprets 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 had to navigate 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 turned on its head 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 very 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.

The Maid by Nita Prose

FIZAH (4)Pages: 258

Publishing Date: January 20th, 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins


Thanks to Netgalley for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Molly is a maid at Regency Grand Hotel. She has lived with the Gran the whole of her life until a few months ago when her Gran passed away. Molly loves her job and is so proud of it. She loves to return everything to a state of PERFECTION. It wasn’t mentioned anywhere but I felt she had OCD or maybe autism. Molly is one of the most unique characters I have ever read. She can’t read expressions and meaning beyond words that made her a laughable stock in her workplace. She is raised by her Gran and doesn’t have any friends. So her social skills are quite strange for modern people as she is overly polite, talk in old English and don’t forget her manners in any situation. 

One day, she found the body of a guest in the suite. And ended up being a person of interest. As the investigation progressed there is more and more proof against her. The Question is that if Molly is capable of murder?. I loved Molly and Gran’s relationship. Molly is such a delightful character who doesn’t lose her temper which made her a usable character. Her love life annoyed me, sometimes, But all the other times I felt for her. The Pace of the book is just perfect. I loved the world the author build from Hotel to her Apartment was perfect. I was happy to get to know some kind and good people throughout the book. Though I couldn’t digest some scenes in the ending. Except that this cozy mystery was Delightful.

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