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The Maid

Nita Prose



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01 February 2022

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Molly the maid works at the Regency Grand Hotel. She's a quiet and very methodical worker proud of her efforts in cleaning up after guests who never notice her, though she certainly knows a lot about them! She's also inclined to take everything very literally, which doesn't make her many friends at all, and at the same time, she is unworldly and socially awkward - and quite lonely now her beloved Gran, who raised her and inculcated strict routines and methods of cleanliness, has died. Molly's landlord is pestering her for the rent, her one and only boyfriend who defrauded her of the lifesavings that were meant to send her to college to study hotel management, and then one ordinary day she finds a Very Important Guest (rather a nasty character in reality) dead in the penthouse suite… It gets worse before it gets better! A delightful read, with a character who is by no means clueless (no matter what those around her believe) and as it turns out, definitely not powerless. If you liked Eleanor Oliphant, then you'll enjoy Molly!  Lindy


The instant New York Times bestseller
One of Buzzfeed's highly anticpated Booktok reads in 2022

'Irresistible' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A true 21st century heroine' JANICE HALLETT 'A dream of a debut . . . exquisite' NETGALLEY, Books of the Month 'Smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing ' LISA JEWELL 'An instantly gripping and delightful whodunnit' STYLIST

I am your maid. I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry. But what do you know about me?

Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She's used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She's just a maid - why should anyone take notice?

But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn't a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She's just a maid - but what can she see that others overlook?

Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn't always black and white - it's found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .


'With The Maid comes an exciting and formidable new voice' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'Gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I'm recommending it to everyone I know' EMMA STONEX 'Beautiful writing, an intriguing mystery, and a colourful cast of friends and sleuths ensure The Maid sparkles with wit and tension' LUCY CLARKE 'Fresh, fiendish and darkly beguiling. The Maid is so thrillingly original, and clever, and joyous. I just adored every page' CHRIS WHITAKER

A New York Times bestseller for w/c 10/01/2022

Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   440g
ISBN:   9780008435738
ISBN 10:   0008435731
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nita Prose is a long-time editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately clean. @NitaProse

Reviews for The Maid

'A smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing debut. Prose knows how to pen a murder mystery with tremendous heart' Lisa Jewell 'The book's endearing central character and atmospheric hotel setting make it an escapist pleasure - a mini-break between the pages' Sunday Times 'Finally booksellers have a concrete answer to the question 'I loved Eleanor Oliphant - what should I read next?'' Bookbrunch 'A gripping and heart-warming whodunnit narrated by an intriguing and original heroine. Skilfully layered and masterfully told. I loved it' Santa Montefiore 'An endearing debut . . . Prose threads a steady needle with the intricate plotting' New York Times 'The Maid is elegant, warm-hearted and wry, and Molly the most winningly off-beat narrator since Eleanor Oliphant. An absolute joy' Louise Candlish 'An instantly gripping and delightful whodunnit' Stylist 'I enjoyed every minute of this twisty yet tender thriller. The Maid is gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I'm recommending it to everyone I know' Emma Stonex 'Nita Prose has created a true 21st Century heroine in a brilliantly-written, transformative story' Janice Hallett 'Molly the Maid has captured my heart! I loved this charming and utterly original whodunit . . . Put this on your to-read pile immediately' Sarah Pearse 'Startingly good . . . a thoroughly beguiling read . . . full of such offbeat charm that you will root for [Molly] all the way' Reader's Digest 'Unlike anything else I've read, this kept me up way past lights out' Katie Fforde 'This is going to be HUGE! A heroine as loveable and quirky as Eleanor Oliphant, caught up in a crime worthy of Agatha Christie. Loved it!' Clare Pooley 'A contemporary murder mystery with a unique heroine who will appeal to Eleanor Oliphant fans' Daily Mail

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