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Book Review: The Maid: A Novel

The MaidThe Maid by Nita Prose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first glance, Molly Grey’s world seems just like the rooms she cleans at the Regency Grand Hotel—in a state of perfection. But look closer. Her tidy apartment is lonely since her beloved Gran died. Her slumlord landlord is itching to evict her, She’s unlucky in matters of love and money. And her co-workers mock her for being ‘different’. But Molly the Maid has a job she loves, one that suits her perfectionist nature. Day after day, she manages to keep a positive outlook on life, fueled by the satisfaction of returning order to the chaos the hotel guests create. That is, until she finds something she can’t return to a state of perfection—the dead body of a prominent guest, lying in his bed.

This cozy murder mystery ticks all the right boxes. There’s intriguing clues, an entertaining cast of characters, a plot that glides smoothly along while deftly handing out twists and turns that will keep a reader up well past their bedtime. I love a good cozy, but sometimes wish modern-day mysteries were less, well, modern. There’s a gentleness to this tale that softens that modern edge, and enough quirkiness and humor to balance out the seriousness of the murder. I loved spending time in Molly’s world, and didn’t want the book to end!

My thanks to author Nita Prose, Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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