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The Maid

A Novel

by (author) Nita Prose

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Traditional British, Literary, Crime
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
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The Maid is a masterful, charming mystery that will touch your heart in ways you could never expect. . . . This is the smart, quirky, uplifting read we need.” —Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push
A dead body is one mess she can’t clean up on her own.

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 demeanour 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?
Both 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.

About the author

Contributor Notes

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, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @nitaprose.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Maid:

“A smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing debut.”
—Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

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. More than a whodunit, The Maid is layered—Prose makes us consider how far we’d go for the people we love, and what we owe ourselves above all else. This is the smart, quirky, uplifting read we need.”
—Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push
“A shining debut . . . featuring a heroine with a few tricks up her well-pressed sleeves. Uplifting and assured, this debut will have readers rooting for its eccentric yet lovable protagonist Molly. A cozy whodunit with heart, The Maid is sure to leave mystery lovers delighted, charmed, and eager for more of Prose’s work.”
—Karma Brown, #1 bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
“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. Molly Gray is a charmingly naïve maid who uses Columbo as a moral compass and considers Olive Garden the fanciest restaurant on Earth. Her endearingly odd interactions with gangsters and murderers made me love her more with every page. Prose has written an outrageously delightful murder mystery.”
—Heather O'Neill, author of The Lonely Hearts Hotel and When We Lost Our Heads
“A sensational, inspiring debut. . . . 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. The Maid is flawlessly paced, with a mesmerizing Clue-like plot and a meticulous mystery with unexpected twists and turns. Once you flip the last page, you'll want to start this brilliant, unforgettable book again from the very beginning.”
—Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

“I am bedazzled by the charm of Molly the Maid. . . . This novel is thoroughly entertaining, intriguing and utterly compelling, with a central character who will fascinate and engage readers all over the world.”
—Liz Nugent, #1 bestseller of Little Cruelties

“Fresh, fiendish and darkly beguiling. The Maid is so thrillingly original, and clever, and joyous. I just adored every page.”
—Chris Whitaker, Sunday Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

“Molly the Maid has captured my heart! I loved this charming and utterly original whodunit—Molly is an eccentric and unforgettable sleuth who captivated me and kept me furiously turning the pages. Put this on your to-read pile immediately. A brilliant debut.”
—Sarah Pearse, New York Times-bestselling author of The Sanatorium

“Wow, what an incredible debut! I've seldom come across such a great cast of fictional characters, especially, of course, Molly the maid. I was completely enthralled by her adventure and enjoyed every minute of this charming book.”
—Hazel Prior, bestselling author of How the Penguins Saved Veronica

“It’s impossible not to love Molly, an endearing, eccentric hotel maid. . . . Like 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

“With The Maid comes an exciting and formidable new voice. A gripping and heart-warming whodunnit narrated by an intriguing and original heroine. Skilfully layered and masterfully told. I loved it.”
—Santa Montefiore, author of The Secret Hours

“A gloriously entertaining read, and Molly is a delicious character with hidden depths. The pages turn effortlessly as the story unfolds, but don’t get too relaxed: there’s a clever sting in the tail. This novel will delight readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and The Thursday Murder Club.” 
—Jane Johnson, author of The Sea Gate
“[The Maid] is an absolute treat. Funny, clever, with a unique and captivating narrator who will keep you guessing until the very end. Delightful!”
—Beth Morrey, bestselling author of The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

“The most charming, original, and nuanced book you'll read all year. The Maid manages to be mysterious, propulsive, and heartwarming at once, and Molly is a character you'll fiercely love. Nita Prose is an explosive talent and The Maid is a one-of-a-kind masterwork that defies labels.”
—Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, bestselling author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

“Unlike anything else I’ve read, [The Maid] kept me up way past lights out. The protagonist is completely original and very endearing. Thoroughly recommend.”
—Katie Fforde, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Springtime Affair
“A murder mystery set in a luxury hotel, The Maid is equal parts fun and intrigue. Prose nails the voice of her narrator, Molly the Maid, who reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant with her shrewd observations and inadvertent humor. I felt like I was leaving a friend behind when I turned the last page. A supremely clever and heartwarming story that is not to be missed.”
—Stephanie Wrobel, bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“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

The Maid is a charming and compelling mystery, told by a delightfully quirky and original heroine, Molly. Beautiful writing, an intriguing mystery, and a colourful cast of friends and sleuths, ensure The Maid sparkles with wit and tension.”
—Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In