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The Maid

by Nita Prose

Release date: January 4th, 2022  

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Maid by Nita Prose from NetGalley and Penguin Random House in order to read and give an honest review.  

I absolutely loved everything about this book, clever, quirky, and refreshingly unique

Molly Gray is not your usual protagonist, unique, interesting, and quirky. She definitely stands alone in a sea of cookie cutter characters usually found in the cozy mystery genre.  Molly, a 25-year-old maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, is seen as different to everyone who meets her and is invisible to most.  Molly’s job is her life since her only family and anchor, her Gran, passes away.    Molly struggles with basic social skills, she tries to be kind to everyone she meets but lacks a real connection with anyone.  When her Gran was alive, she was Molly’s mentor who helped her navigate through any difficulties she experienced but now that she is gone Molly is on her own which leads to crossed wires and social faux pas. Molly’s job makes sense to her and defines who she is in her life. Molly loves being a maid, clean and orderly is her life, but soon her life turns into anything but. Although extremely intelligent in some ways yet she lacks the ability to understand certain situations. When Molly stumbles upon the body of Charles Black, one of the hotel’s regulars, her orderly life goes off the rails. Due to her lack of social skills, Molly lacks the ability to see through people’s facades and uncover ulterior motives which gets her in a world of trouble and makes her number one suspect in Mr. Blacks Murder.   As Molly becomes entangled in a web of lies, she quickly learns who her real friends are and who does not have her best interests at heart. 
I enjoyed hearing Molly’s voice; she definitely isn’t invisible to the reader. I absolutely loved everything about this book, clever, quirky, and refreshingly unique. If this is the author’s debut, I can’t wait to see what she writes next.