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The Maid

The Maid

2022 . Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Literary, Thrillers . Nita Prose

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The Maid

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.   “The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)   “Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour In development as a major motion picture produced by and starring Florence Pugh 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? 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.

Year:

2022

Language:

English

Publisher:

Random House Publishing Group

Pages:

304

ISBN:

0593356160 (ISBN13: 9780593356166)

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Reviews

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Leah Sargeant

1 month ago

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Molly is my spirit animal, the autism representation and the found family element was absolutely amazing.

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Claire Pinks

1 month ago

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An interesting concept that was delivered pretty well, there was a real clear sense of the characters vulnerability which can often be hard to portray. Overall a good read

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3 months ago

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“Prose threads a steady needle with the intricate plotting, the locked-room elements of the mystery, and especially Molly’s character. . . . The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.”—The New York Times Book.

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Mridupawan Podder

3 months ago

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This has to be the politest book I've ever read. It's so polite that I stopped swearing for a day. I did not know what I was expecting. Definitely not this. As far as thrillers go, it was a thriller where even the villains are polite. Well most of the time, for appearance sake. The writing is pretty straightforward. With a healthy seasoning of personal values and morals added that this book could even be a part of school syllabus if the murder didn't count. I definitely enjoyed reading about Molly the Maid. P.S. just found out that the author is Canadian. Now it makes sense.

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3 months ago

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Molly Gray, the 25-year-old neurodivergent narrator of Prose’s assured debut, has sought solace in her maid’s job at the Regency Grand, a boutique hotel in an unspecified city, since the recent death of the grandmother who raised her. Molly’s uniform makes her feel invisible, which is a relief given her difficulty reading social cues, and she derives great satisfaction from returning things to a “state of perfection.” When frequent guests Charles and Giselle Black check into one of Molly’s assigned rooms, she’s pleased; though tycoon Charles is imperious, Giselle tips well and treats Molly like a friend. To her dismay, upon entering the couple’s suite, Molly discovers that Giselle is out, and Charles is dead. The police find Molly’s stoicism suspicious, and someone seems determined to make her their patsy, but Molly thankfully has more allies than she realizes. Not every twist feels earned, but on balance Prose delivers a gratifying, kindhearted whodunit with a sharply drawn protagonist for whom readers can’t help rooting. Fans of fresh takes on traditional mysteries will be delighted.

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4 months ago

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When a wealthy man is found dead in his room, a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel becomes a lead suspect.

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Lya GFR

1 day ago

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I loved this

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