The Maid by Nita Prose | Review

The Maid | Nita Prose | Ballantine BooksPub: January 4, 2022 | Pages: 304

I was pleasantly surprised I loved this one! I initially picked it up because it was winning so many awards, but it had an “old-timey” vibe to it, that I usually don’t love but for some reason, it really worked in this novel.

Molly Gray was such a peculiar character! She is one of the most distinctive, enjoyable, and endearing fictional characters I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know! She definitely made me root for her.

Molly works as a maid for the Regency Grand Hotel. As Molly was cleaning Mr. Black's room, she assumed he was dozing off. However, she noticed a medication container had fallen off the bedside table, and blue pills had spilled out onto the table, the floor, and the carpet, where they had been crushed.

When she tries to rouse Mr. Black, she discovers that he has passed away. She calls the front desk, introduces herself, and says she works in housekeeping. She asks the person to speak with Mr. Snow and inform him that Mr. Black, who is in the penthouse and in Suite 401, is deceased. Please have him dial 911 right away. Despite Molly's fear, the police believe she may be a suspect…

I loved the addition of Molly’s Gran, unfortunately, she passed away, but you get a glimpse of how Gran was helping Molly navigate life and social cues.

Such a fun cozy mystery! I highly recommend.


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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