Description (from cover): “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 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.”
There has been great acclaim and hype associated with this book and I was lucky enough to snag a copy of this new release at my local library. In this book, Molly is a young maid at a fancy hotel. She prides herself on her job and obsession with cleanliness and order. She was made for this job and she is very good at it. Her employers have no complaints about her work and she is shocked while doing her job she stumbles across the dead body of a wealthy man, Charles Black. Charles Black was not well liked and the hotel staff avoided him due to his temper. When the police start investigating the crime and Molly becomes the prime suspect, she is in a state of shock. She is not the most articulate person and she doesn’t know how to get herself out of the mess she finds herself in. She struggles to learn who is out to help her and who is out to make sure she lands in jail as the murderer.
This is not your average mystery. Usually the main characters who are investigating the crime are witty, smart, and on top of their game. Molly is not like other protagonists. She has been sheltered all of her life, she doesn’t understand how the world works, and how people will use other people to further their own desires. Overall, Molly doesn’t know who to trust and she finds herself repeatedly trusting the wrong people. I struggled with this while reading the book. Some of these things were just blatantly obviously and it was a little frustrating. I applaud the author for portraying the main character in a different light and trying something different. Even though I spent half of the time frustrated by Molly and her antics, the book overall was a good read and one that I found hard to put down.
There were several places in this book where there were nice little twists that I didn’t see coming. I was literally shocked with my mouth open at these times. I really did enjoy this book and would love to see the author do more with Molly, but I am not sure if she intends to turn this into a series or leave it as a stand alone. While this is not your average mystery, I find that Prose did a great job in creating her own mystery with your not-so-average protagonist. That alone is a feat in itself and the author should congratulate herself on creating such a unique mystery read. I think that if you are on the fence about reading this book, you should give it a chance and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Author: Nita Prose
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
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Disclaimer: This book was selected by myself at the library, and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.