Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

 

Title: The Maid

Author: Nita Prose

Published: 20th January 2022, HarperCollins Australia 

Status: Read January 2022 courtesy HarperCollins/Netgalley 

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My Thoughts:

 

“Today at work, I found a guest very dead in his bed. Mr. Black. The Mr. Black. Other than that, my work day was as normal as ever.”

 

The Maid is a quirky dark comedy cozy murder mystery from Canadian book editor turned debut author, Nita Prose.

Molly Gray is a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel. Completing every task with the good humour, efficiency and attention to detail her late grandmother encouraged in her, she loves everything about her job from donning the crisply laundered uniform to fluffing pillows. Discovering a VIP hotel guest very dead in his bed not only disrupts Molly’s daily routine but very quickly her whole life when the police name her as a suspect.

Told from her point of view, twenty-five year old Molly is an endearing character, sweet and artless but also socially awkward. Raised by her grandmother, who recently passed away, Molly clings to her routines, struggling to adapt to a life without her. Her work is all she has, and though she is generally content to be invisible as she carries out her duties, Molly, who has trouble interpreting nuance, is susceptible to people willing to take advantage of her.

It seems absurd that anyone would consider Molly capable of murder, it appears obvious that she’s unwittingly been manipulated into a vulnerable position by a desperate wife and a roguish barman. In fact there doesn’t seem to be much to the mystery of Charles Black’s death at first, so disclosures later in the story came as a brilliant surprise. There is unexpected depth to The Maid which is easily overlooked, reflecting the complexity of Molly’s own personality. It’s with her Gran’s advice echoing in her head, and the help of a few true friends at the Regency Grand, that Molly begins to blossom, and find a way out of her predicament.

Prose seems to have been partially influenced by movies such as Clue, and Knives Out, the former obvious given the character’s names associations with colour, and the cozy eccentricity of the latter. Already optioned for development The Maid will translate well to the screen.

Clever, heartwarming and charming, The Maid is an absolute delight to read.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willemite51
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 08:44:00

    Nicely done

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  2. harvee
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 09:30:56

    This book is definitely on my list!

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  3. Jennifer
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 12:00:09

    Great review, Shelleyrae. I enjoyed this as well, but won’t get my review done until next week.

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  4. Greg
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 13:20:43

    I love the sound of this and can’t wait to read it.

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  5. WendyW
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 13:55:18

    What a lovely review. I’ve been wanting to read this, but your review is making me want to read it even more!

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  6. sandysbookaday
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 14:53:12

    Glad you loved this Shelleyrae. I think I have this scheduled to read next week. ❤📚

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  7. kaysreadinglife
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 00:19:11

    I am really looking forward to reading this one. I loved Clue as a kid and the puzzle of the mystery is my favorite part. Nice review!

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 00:21:49

    Sold! I will look for this one.

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  9. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 03:12:03

    Oh, I’m so glad I read your review! I did not expect this book to be heartwarming or charming — I was under the impression that it was a straight-up thriller. Now that I’ve heard more about it, I can see the appeal!

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  10. cleemckenzie
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 04:54:48

    What an excellent hook! Loved it.

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  11. Anne+-+Books+of+My+Heart
    Jan 13, 2022 @ 06:30:31

    I have it on reserve at the library. It is definitely popular right now.

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  12. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 14, 2022 @ 12:27:48

    I have to appreciate that the author’s last name is Prose. 🙂 This sounds like a good one and that it will do well in film version.

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  14. CLM (@ConMartin)
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 03:38:41

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this! I have it on hold at the library.

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  15. Carla
    Feb 17, 2022 @ 11:55:20

    Wonderful review ShelleyRae.

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