by: Nita Prose
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.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓
For lovers of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will not be disappointed by The Maid. The protagonists reminded me of each other. The Maid was a perfect mystery “who-done-it”. Molly, the maid, was a bit of a simpleton in the first half, but her character evolved and came alive in the second half. This book really puts some perspective on invisible and overlooked people…hotel maids, women of a certain age, immigrants…Also, there was a lot of mention of the Olive Garden restaurant – it made me want to eat there. This was great, quick read.
My favorite book of the month! Awkward, but entirely lovable, Molly the Maid, finds herself in the middle of a whodunit. You will root for her all the way and laugh out loud at some of her hysterical quips. Wonderfully quirky and highly entertaining – as Molly’s “Gran” would say, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Well, it must be the end because all is way more than okay. I hope you like it as much as I did!