“The Maid” by Nita Prose

Genre: Clue-Like Mystery The Maid
Publisher: Penquin-Random House
Pub. Date: Jan. 04, 2022

I am not often a fan of cozy mysteries but I did enjoy, “The Maid,” Nita Prose’s debut novel, which is satisfying on every level. A guest is found dead at a posh city hotel, and the major suspect is Molly Gray, a cleaning servicewoman who takes unusual delight and pride in her work. Molly Gray is a quirky girl who probably is on the autism spectrum.  She doesn’t understand the complexities of social interaction and frequently misinterprets others’ intentions. This is how the hotel bartender, who she has a crush on, exploits and uses her in a drug ring. While some readers may be able to figure out who the killer is right away, that will not spoil the novel. The story is more about Molly and her development as a person. This is a heartwarming tale that will have you rooting for Molly, and maybe like myself, help one remember that there is a real person with feelings inside all of us.

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