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Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose (ARC)

"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."


Pages: 352

 

I received The Maid by Nita Prose for free on NetGalley by Harper Fiction & Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy!

In The Maid we follow our main character Molly, a maid at the prestigious Regency Hotel, as she tries to figure out the mystery of who killed one of the hotels most esteemed guests, Mr Black. When she becomes the main suspect, she has to work quickly to clear her name and be careful with who she chooses to trust.


Molly is such a charming character and I loved seeing the events unfold from her perspective. It puts the reader in the unique position of being able to understand what it’s like to be Molly as we don’t know who to trust or who is being genuine either! We get to know Molly intimately and also teaches a lesson about the dangers of assumptions. I did love the found family feeling the story had when Molly discovers the people who are truly there for her.


I was instantly intrigued by the premise of this book because I absolutely love a locked room mystery and this book takes it to an entirely new level! There were so many twists that I would have never seen coming and the writing had me engrossed every second. It is an absolutely page turner! I honestly believe that this would have outsmarted Sherlock Holmes - it was so clever!


The Maid is a brilliantly intelligent mystery that will have you glued to your seat!

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