The Maid by Nita Prose is a thrilling novel that follows one maid’s quest for the truth after finding the infamous and wealthy Mr. Black dead in his suite at the Regency Grand Hotel. As she unravels the mystery behind his death, she becomes the prime suspect of the police, leading to a web of deception and adventure.
The Maid is a classic mystery, in a good way. The author, Nita Prose, has put together an intricate plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. The suspense builds up with each chapter, leaving you wanting more, and she has cleverly woven together clues that lead you down one path, only to redirect you on a different track. The pacing is excellent, and the suspense is palpable throughout the book.
What makes The Maid stand out from other mystery novels is the character of Molly herself. She’s not your typical main character. She has difficulty with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. The author has truly brought Molly to life, and her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job of a hotel maid. You’ll feel like you’re right there with her, donning the crisp uniform and stocking up the cart with miniature soaps and bottles. You’ll quickly root for her as she faces the challenges thrown her way.
The Maid is a heartwarming journey of the spirit as well. Molly’s journey is a story of personal growth and self-discovery. She learns to navigate life’s complexities and find new ways to interpret the world around her. Prose has done a fantastic job of portraying Molly’s growth, and it’s a joy to see her character develop throughout the book. But Molly doesn’t do it alone. The friendships she develops along the way are heartwarming, and the support of her newfound friends is what makes this journey so special.
Like one of our favorite television series, Only Murders in the Building, The Maid has the perfect blend of mystery and humor. The author has sprinkled the book with amusing and witty observations that provide light relief from the suspenseful moments. The humor is not over the top and gives readers a brief respite before we plunge back into the mystery.
The Maid by Nita Prose is a gripping mystery that will have you hooked from the first chapter. With its strong plot, excellent pacing, and well-developed characters, The Maid is an almost perfect mystery novel. It has the right blend of suspense and heartwarming moments that make it a standout novel that leaves us excited for the followup novel, The Mystery Guest, coming late November 2023.