The Maid (Paperback)
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“The Maid is a masterful, charming mystery that will touch your heart in ways you could never expect. . . . This is the smart, quirky, uplifting read we need.” —Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push
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.
About the Author
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.
“The Maid is a masterful, charming mystery that will touch your heart in ways you could never expect. The endearing, unforgettable Molly reminds us to challenge our assumptions about one another, and shows us how meaningful it is to feel truly seen in the world. More than a whodunit, The Maid is layered—Prose makes us consider how far we’d go for the people we love, and what we owe ourselves above all else. This is the smart, quirky, uplifting read we need.”
—Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push
“A shining debut . . . featuring a heroine with a few tricks up her well-pressed sleeves. Uplifting and assured, this debut will have readers rooting for its eccentric yet lovable protagonist Molly. A cozy whodunit with heart, The Maid is sure to leave mystery lovers delighted, charmed, and eager for more of Prose’s work.”
—Karma Brown, #1 bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
“A sensational, inspiring debut. . . . It took only a few lines for me to fall hopelessly in love with hotel maid Molly Gray. Being in Molly’s mind is like eating ice cream on a hot summer day: delicious and refreshing. The Maid is flawlessly paced, with a mesmerizing Clue-like plot and a meticulous mystery with unexpected twists and turns. Once you flip the last page, you'll want to start this brilliant, unforgettable book again from the very beginning.”
—Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
“I am bedazzled by the charm of Molly the Maid. . . . This novel is thoroughly entertaining, intriguing and utterly compelling, with a central character who will fascinate and engage readers all over the world.”
—Liz Nugent, #1 bestseller of Little Cruelties
“With The Maid comes an exciting and formidable new voice. A gripping and heart-warming whodunnit narrated by an intriguing and original heroine. Skilfully layered and masterfully told. I loved it.”
—Santa Montefiore, author of The Secret Hours
“A gloriously entertaining read, and Molly is a delicious character with hidden depths. The pages turn effortlessly as the story unfolds, but don’t get too relaxed: there’s a clever sting in the tail. This novel will delight readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and The Thursday Murder Club.”
—Jane Johnson, author of The Sea Gate