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The Maid Hardcover – 4 January 2022

4.1 out of 5 stars 26,413 ratings

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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 Review

"Charming, eccentric."--The New York Times

"Daring."--W Magazine

"A twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, from the perspective of the maid who finds the body. Think Clue. Think page-turner."--Glamour

"Entrancing . . . something of a modern-day Clue."--PopSugar

"A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center."--Real Simple

"An eccentric and unforgettable sleuth who captivated me and kept me furiously turning the pages."--Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

"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."--Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

"A charming, clever, and wholly original whodunit. I cheered and felt deeply for Molly the Maid--a complex and masterfully drawn protagonist I won't soon forget."--Andrea Bartz, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here

"A heroine as loveable and quirky as Eleanor Oliphant, caught up in a crime worthy of Agatha Christie. Loved it!"--Clare Pooley, New York Times bestselling author of The Authenticity Project

"It's impossible not to love Molly, an endearing, eccentric hotel maid. . . . As in any cozy whodunit, clean appearances may in fact hide a few smudges. The twists and surprises keep coming until the very last page of this delightfully fresh debut."--Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

"Fresh, fiendish, and darkly beguiling . . . The Maid is so thrillingly original, clever, and joyous. I just adored every page."--Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

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The Maid is sure to leave mystery lovers delighted, charmed, and eager for more of Prose's work."--Karma Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife

"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."--Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

"A supremely clever and heartwarming story that is not to be missed."--Stephanie Wrobel, USA Today bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

"For anyone who has ever felt out of step with the world, no matter how hard they try to fit it, Nita Prose has blessed us with Molly Gray."--Heather O'Neill, internationally bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel

"I enjoyed every minute of this twisty yet tender thriller. The Maid is gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I'm recommending it to everyone I know."--Emma Stonex, author of The Lamplighters

"The Maid is elegant, warmhearted, and wry, and Molly the most winningly offbeat narrator since Eleanor Oliphant. An absolute joy--I didn't want it to end!"--Louise Candlish, author of The Other Passenger

"Molly is a likeable, neurodivergent narrator in this outstanding debut. The character-rich mystery ends with several twists that will appeal to fans of Eleanor Oliphant and other sympathetic heroines."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Captivating, charming, and heart-warming, with deft writing and a clever, original plot, this unusual crime novel will leave readers with a warm glow."--Booklist (starred review)

"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."--Publishers Weekly

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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (4 January 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593356152
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593356159
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.95 x 2.54 x 24.23 cm
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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. Visit her at nitaprose.com or on Twitter: @NitaProse.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy Noir with Eleanor Oliphant vibes.
Reviewed in Australia on 17 March 2022
Who doesn’t love an unreliable narrator, especially one who’s a little bit on the spectrum, speaks like they’ve stepped out of a 1930 Agatha Christie novel and happens to be a maid in a very posh hotel?

Molly Gray, fastidious maid at the Regency Grand Hotel finds the body of a guest, Mr Black, stone cold dead in his swish suite. Molly’s trusting nature and naivety soon lands her in hot water when she becomes the main suspect in Mr Black’s murder.

When she’s arrested and charged, it seems all is lost. Molly, the oddball maid who takes life a little too literally, seems to be hiding something. Is she telling the truth? Or is she protecting someone? Or, is she just being targeted because she’s odd and convenient?

I wasn’t expecting the cosy mystery/feel good vibes given the blurb, but I really did enjoy this. Molly leads a cast of quirky, likeable characters.

Nita Prose did an excellent job of making the characters come to life and drawing us along in a page-turning mystery. I will admit I was a little disappointed when everything was wrapped up about 80% through the book - I really was expecting some bulging biceps, no-neck thug to step in an kidnap or attempt to kill Molly, but that didn’t happen.

There is a final unexpected twist at the end - I won’t spoil this because I do want you to go out and read this book. The feel of the book is part domestic thriller, part-cosy mystery and has strong Eleanor Oliphant vibes. I definitely recommend it if you want something a little different but with a few well-honed mystery/thriller tropes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An endearing central character - but it all becomes a bit too cosy.
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