Friday, March 18, 2022

The Maid by Nita Prose

A dead body is one mess she can't clean up on her own.

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 demeanour 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?

Both 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.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 4, 2022 
by Viking
4.5/5 stars

The buzz was crazy on Instagram for The Maid, (are you on IG? Come follow me  

Molly is an endearing character, a bright light, a breathe of fresh air.  I love her enthusiasm and dedication to not just her job but life. She was misunderstood and loved & criticized by others.  When I finished reading The Maid I had the urge to clean something, but the fear of discovering a corpse quickly put that thought to rest.  Thus that is how this story began.

The Maid is a layered story, between the infamous Mr Black, unreliable characters and Molly's naivety made this a nice rounded read. With murder and mayhem its also about relationships and trust.

I loved the way the author flawlessly wove the past to showcase Molly's upbringing, mainly her relationship with her Gran.  Lots of words of wise thoughts to ponder.
"Everything will  be okay in the end.  If it's not okay, it's not the end."
“That’s the trouble with pain. It’s a contagious as a disease. It spreads from the person who first endured it to those who love them most. Truth isn’t always the highest ideal. sometimes it must be sacrificed to stop the spread of pain to those you love.”

I am happy that I caved to IG pressure and read this book, the beginning might have been a tad slow but I read the last half in one day.

My copy obtained from my local public library - but truly I would love a copy in my library.

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