The Maid by Nita Prose is a murder mystery told in an unusual way – kind of light hearted and “fun” – which is strange for a murder novel. Instead of the detective or the family members telling the story, it is narrated by 25-year old Molly Gray, a maid at a 5-star hotel in New York.
Molly the Maid is naive in many ways and has an obsession with order and rules. She was raised by her grandmother and had few friends, so she is somewhat of an “old soul.” She thinks and speaks differently from most people and is very literal in her interpretation of life. These traits bring humor to many of the situations that occur in Molly’s life. When Molly discovers a wealthy tenant – dead – in his hotel room, the police begin building a case against Molly for murder. There are several likeable and unlikeable side characters that play roles in the investigation and in Molly’s life. (I found them interesting as well, even though they are somewhat stereotypical.)
The Maid was a fast and enjoyable read! If you love mysteries, you should check this novel out. Prose’s novel would also appeal to anyone who just likes a good story and wants a “get-away-from-it-all” novel to read for a weekend or a vacation!
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