Book Review: The Maid by Nita Prose


The Maid by Nita Prose

Random House Publishing/Ballantine (Jan 4, 2022)

Cozy Mystery



“We are all the same in different ways.”

This book reminded me of Eleonore Oliphants is Completely Fine as the lead character is very quirky but charming and lovable. The lead character, Molly the Maid, has very peculiar behaviors, doesn’t always know the right way to behave or communicate. This debut novel is wonderfully layered with depth, betrayals, and secrets. It’s a murder mystery but the highlight of this book is Molly herself and her journey. It was a delight to watch her blossom and come into her own. This well-crafted mystery has a surprising ending which had me applauding Molly.

ARC received from publisher via Netgalley

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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 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?

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.


Nita Prose is a longtime editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately clean. Follow Nita on Instagram @nitaprose or Twitter @NitaProse.

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