This is always an easy prompt to fill as there are so many fantastic books published every year. This week I have been a part of the Tandem Collective mega readlakng for Nita Prose’s The Maid which was published last week. It was a great read and perfect to tick off this prompt.
What’s it about?
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.
What I think?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The classic hotel setting is perfect for a murder mystery and Molly is a wonderful narrator.
Her voice is so distinct, and her way of looking at the world gives both clarity and ambiguity at the same time. While you can trust what she is saying, it is also clear that she sees the world in simple terms and misses many of the subtleties of hunan behaviour and relationships that are right in front of her. Her politenessness and speech patterns add a charming level of humour to her character.
Because I warmed to Molly so quickly, I was actually quite anxious for her. As the story unfolds, it is clear that some of the people she trusts and considers to be her friends are not what they seem. They use her naivety and willingness to help a friend to her advantage.
The mystery of Mr Black’s death unfolds slowly as Molly pieces together the clues and unravels the secrets of the hotel. Some of which have been right in front of her the whole time.
Molly’s quirkiness and manners make her a suspect as the police find her suspicious.
I loved the relationship between Molly and her grandmother who tries to teach her to understand and interpret people in a way that she can understand. She has many wise sayings that we would all do well to remember. And I love that they take the time to appreciate small things in life tea in cups and saucers.
No spoilers from me, but there are plenty of twists to keep you engaged right to end. Molly makes some genuine friendships and learns a lot about the world.
Thank you to Harper Fiction for my gifted copy of The Maid and to Tandem Collective for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful readaong. The discussion prompts were really interesting and the challenges were fun. They can be all be found on my Instagram stories.