The Maid by Nita Prose

The Maid by Nita Prose Book Summary


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
FINALIST FOR THE EDGAR® AWARD • “The reader comes to understand Molly’s worldview, and to sympathize with her longing to be accepted—a quest that gives The Maid real emotional heft.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour

WINNER: The Anthony Award, The Fingerprint Award, The Barry Award

In development as a major motion picture

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 demeanor 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?

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.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, The Guardian, Glamour, Elle, PopSugar, Newsweek, Mental Floss, She Reads, Kirkus Reviews

The Maid Book Details

Book Name The Maid
Genre Cozy
Author Nita Prose
Published 04 January 2022, Tuesday
Price $14.99
E-Book Size 9.18 MB

The Maid by Nita Prose Book Reviews

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Emotionally Disturbed

The Maid. WOW! Quite a story about a twenty-five year old woman that appears to be autistic and loves to clean. I can’t imagine! She becomes embroiled in crime without realizing it. I look forward to reading another book by this author.


Delightful!. I have read several books this year and this is the best one yet! I love books with quirky characters, and Molly is perfectly quirky! Read it, don’t miss it!


The Maid. Great fun - an easy read with interesting characters and creative narration. Enjoyed it immensely!

Bette Dee

The Maid. Cute easy to read book about a maid who finds a dead body in one her hotel rooms.


The Maid is a good beach read.. This is a light book with a simple story where good ultimately triumphs over evil.

Angela F Brown

Cute but slow.. Cute but slow.


Not Worth the Money. It was an okay book. I definitely regret spending $14 on it. It’s not worth wasting that amount of money.

Paul Nancy 69

I’m still trying to put together my thoughts for us today’s. Siblings I had a great time with my family at family dollar and looking forward to seeing you again next year love you guys

Tryin to be a loser

A gripping novel that was difficult to put down.. This story played like a movie for me. Well written and beautifully descriptive, it made me want more.


Meh. Was really hoping to get into this book but never really did - writing was very simple (like the main character) who i found a bit annoying — with her literalness of everything. Her naïveté to life around her was hard to believe. But it was an easy read while on vacation which was why i gave it 3 stars.


Are you joking. I finished this in five hours and my jaw is on the floor. There are twists and turns down to the very last page. This is by far the best book I’ve read in a very long time. 10000/10 recommend


Huh.. An interesting book with many a twist and turn. Molly was a fascinating character who was far more intelligent than those in her world gave her credit for being. But there’s elements of this story that didn’t sit well with me. That might be why I put it down for so long. I wanted to love this book, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

Paca's girl

Meh!. Nice book. Not a great read by any means. It has merits in its moral lessons.


A Perfect Story. As far as Summer reads go, this is a fantastic book. Its story lulls along at a perfect pace, and my, what a story! The characters are perfect, especially Molly, the main character, who is by far one of the best written characters I’ve seen in a while. The way the story ties back into her Gran with her euphemisms is fantastic and pushes the story forward to an amazing twist at the end. The friendships are key in the story, and the mystery is waiting to be unfolded!


Light and enjoyable. Good read. Definitely recommend. I gave it 4 stars because I found a few spelling errors which drives me crazy.


Adult Amelia Bedelia story. Charming and somehow nostalgia. Great vacation read.


Enjoyable. I really enjoyed this book.


FUN, LIGHT READ. Loved the character development of Molly and her exquisitely charming, socially challenged persona. The author aptly portrays the truth that there is a place for all those who appear to be misfits in life to instead be the ones who may in fact be the more sane of us all.

D' Wolf

The Maid. Nita Prose did a remarkable job with this novel! I think it is very fitting for our times. People are tired of being discounted because they differ from stereotypes. I wish Prose would have saved her bomb for a book two!


Captivating. This was such a good book. For being the first actual book I’ve ever read I kept finding myself wanting to read more of it.


Keep Reading!. This was a great book, it took a bit to get into it, but once you’re in, it’s so good! Surprised until the end 🙂


Worth reading. Molly is a great character! Nice little twist at the end!

Dancer girl.

Enjoyable!. What a page Turner! Hope Reese Witherspoon picks this one up for her book club! Not bad!


What a twist. Not going to lie, at first I didn’t get into it. But as I kept turning the pages, I got hooked.


Quick read! Loved Molly!. Really enjoy reading this book! finished is less than 2 days I couldn’t put it down!! I loved the mystery and had no idea who it was until the very end! Such good storytelling and the way the Author set the scenes it’s like I’m there. 10/10 would recommend


The Maid. Good story. Great character development of Molly. It’s an easy read but not as phenomenal as all the hype. An average book

Ceci Circles

Didn’t see that coming. This was a slow going read for me, but I’m glad I saw it through. I didn’t see the ending coming at all.


Great. Great book! The narration drew me in and I found the main character funny yet frustrating at times. The side characters were really great too and I could see this being a great movie. Definitely didn’t see the twist coming either. Would recommend to mystery fans!

Lauren D. 

Loved it. Cute book with cute characters


The Maid. Love this book and what it says about people and the human condition.

Gulfshores Lady

Keeps you reading!. I will definitely tell my friends who read that this a really good book!


The naid. Very different, keeps you entertained.


Fun read overall. It’s a fun read, I enjoyed it. There are couple of loop holes in the second half, the character development is interesting but feel like less of a thriller to me. The ending is also kind of confusing


Decent read. Mostly predictable. Until the end there is a turn in the story I didn’t see coming. But I had to push through to get there.


Fun read. Enjoyed the book.


loved every word. this is one of, if not, the best book i’ve read. so many emotions felt throughout. molly is an astounding character, i’ll read this book many more times!


Decent.  good read. I was hoping for a better ending.


Great buy!. Good easy read. Insightful and graphic as to the mind of a person with Molly’s personality. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Too many bargain reads don’t live up to the challenge of keeping us engaged and interested. This was a pleasant surprise.


If you like cleaning…. Not much a mystery book, I barely finished it. Maybe written for young adults, too primitive and boring. A lot about cleaning.


A great read!. A little slow in the beginning but once you understand Molly’s personality the book becomes a lot more of an enjoying read! I couldn’t put it down towards the end.

Andrea crane

Couldn’t put it down. Great read, read in a day. I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of Molly, who is socially awkward and seemingly so innocent.


Appropriate-unexpected. A very nice tale. Interesting story. I really enjoyed it. A real page turner.


The Maid by Nita Prose. Excellent storytelling and you truly develop an understanding of how the FMC views the world around her. A little slow in the beginning, but unique to the fact that the reader will notice things that the main character doesn’t. You almost want to shout out to her what’s she’s missing. Plot twist are crazy!


Love this!. I zipped through The Maid in record time, and know I’ll be thinking about it until I read it again. Brava, Nita Prose!

Kien Jan

The Maid. This was excellent. I really liked Molly. She was a very strong woman! 😊


Unexpected but enjoyable!. I was a little turned off by the rhythm of storytelling initially, but once the drama picked up I couldn’t stop reading! Loved te ending :)


Ugh. Well, if you like sappy, corny, stupid and preposterous books, you’ll LOVE this one. If not, take your money and spend it on a book that is more intellectually stimulating. You’ll thank me! Seriously.


So engaging!. I usually take a month to read a book. I read a few chapters before bed. I was so riveted by this book, I read it in 2 days. Molly is a character I will remember.

Jeff M.A

So boring!. :(

Permian Extinction

Delightful. A joy to read. Absolute perfection.

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Love, love, love Molly The Maid. Wasn’t sure this book was for me. Sooooo glad I listened to someone else. I laughed, I cried AND I was surprised! It’s different from anything I’ve ever read and I’m glad I gave it a shot!!

T Xmas

A look into a surprising kaleidoscope. I was sort of put off when I began reading. The style and VOICE of the character was a bit to digest. I found it plodding until the plot revealed the nefarious undercurrent. I read the whole thing and am happy I saw it through.


The Maid. This book might have been marketed as a Young Adult choice. It has some charm, but is otherwise predictable, and not particularly clever. I think the author means to suggest that the main character is on the spectrum, and bright but oblivious to social clues. The author doesn’t stay consistent to that theme though, allowing the main character to be both mailable and keen enough to maneuver the ending.


Great story. Very quick read. Loved the character of Molly. I’ve never read a mystery novel with a protagonist that’s on the spectrum and I have to say that this author nailed it. The story was fairly simple, nothing super surprising but I still found it enjoyable.


Couldn’t put it down. Great mystery with unexpected turns. A page turner that finds you not able to put it down.


Disappointing ending. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Until the last 50 pages or so. I was so disappointed in the ending, especially with what happened with Gran. If the Gran chapter were in the beginning of the book, it at least would have added to the suspense factor. It just seemed to not really make sense or add to the story at that point. In the end a really great, sweet, likeable character was disappointing and it didn’t have to end that way. Oh well! Still an enjoyable read.


In a word…stunning.. The writing was beautifully done. The story had many twists and turns. Highly addictive, hard to put down.


The Maid. Annoying read, just wanted the book to end.


couldn’t put it down!. This book unfolded in a way that I did not expect it to. The scene was set beautifully, and I found myself feeling bad for the main character. I, in fact, also found myself underestimating her like the rest of the characters. Like every good mystery, there was a twist at the end and everything turned out alright. Great story!


Maid. A great read. Fun characters, good story.


The maid want what I thought it was.. A page turner with lots of twists and turns. The author does a terrific job!


Excellent. I will read this again one day because it is one of these books that you will find something new every time. It rates up there with “Where The Crawdad Sings” in my top five. The characters are well written, and the little surprises that pop up every once in a while pertaining to them are unexpected and “delightful”.


Kept me engaged and fascinated. Fantastic read! Despite being on the spectrum, Molly is both relatable and delightful as she navigates the world in the best way she can - by cleaning and setting things back to order. A hairpin twist in the last few pages keeps the mystery going right up until the end.


Molly’s Truth. I love Molly. Molly’s character was polite and sweet. She always told the truth the way she sees it. I really enjoyed the mystery.


Goodness. An engaging, suspenseful portrait of otherness unlike anything I’ve ever read. The willing reader enters the day-to-day life of a fully drawn character from another world (mine at least) in her daily work, her relationships with others, her intimate and spiritual life, her struggle to understand the motivations of others. Sound like a goody-goody social justice treatise? Well, there’s a thriller-type mystery at the heart of the story with ethical quandaries and serious threats of danger. The Maid is wonderful.


Such a great read!!. I couldn’t stop reading! I found myself reading at red lights!

Miami Report

Amazing!. Perfect example of Kafkaesque

SB in MN

Entertaining and educational at the same time!. Excellent writing! As a former educator, this books provides insights into the life of a beautiful, smart woman who deals with being autistic and helps the reader understand the spectrum. All this encased in a beautifully written novel. Thank you!


Cozy whodunnit mystery. The beginning started off very interesting and held my attention but then it began to get very slow and boring. The main character, Molly, is sweet and a hard worker but she was quiet annoying at times. Molly was raised by her grandmother. She adored her gran so much and held onto every word she said. Mollly repeats her gran's cheesy, cliché sayings so often that it became very annoying. I do appreciate having a main character who is on the spectrum however I feel like the character was often inconsistent with her actions and choices and slightly unreliable, especially in the end. She is completely relatable when it comes to how awkward she is but it just wasn't consistent and at times was a bit too much. The ending had some heartwarming moments a huge plot twist that really caught my attention as I wasn't expecting it. The ending held a faster pace than most of the book which was almost disappointing because I wanted more detail. I feel like details were given in the wrong areas. The ending was when I really realized that Molly was an unreliable character and it felt like things were just thrown together at the end.


Great read and a quick one!. Most unusual! If familiar with those on spectrum - neurodivergent- you quickly get into a world of precise detail that makes this mystery intriguing!


The Maid. An unusual and intriguing mystery. It has an old fashioned kindness and a relax pace, for a page turner.


Great. Great


The Maid by Nita Prose. Totally enjoyed Molly the Maid and her eccentricities and quirkiness! I loved her take on people and life, as it is, in her world. Enjoyed all the characters and felt as though I was right there with her on her trolley cart! Supremely entertaining and delightfully crafted with its twists and turns!


Very disappointing. The pace is very slow with so many unnecessary details which take up half the book which is 200 pages. Molly was so annoying and she brought up her grandma on every which got repetitive. The ending made little to no sense when you line it to Mollys action from the beginning. Basically nothing happens except from 10 pages out of 400. The killer reveal was cool but at then end anticlimactic. Honestly it’s just a waste of time


The Maid. Great book, loved the story, and Molly the Maid!

SF music reviewer

Fun easy read. Thank you, Nita!

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The maid. I love this book I’m not much of a book reader but this book inspires me

Cut wood

Good, but not great. The book was interesting and fun to read, but it was not always believable.


Absorbing, intriguing, and utterly delightful!. Molly is a heroine for the ages, and one whose simple wisdoms can inspire us all. Thank you for this wonderful gift of a story!


Engaging. Told from 1st person. While never stated, the maid appears mildly autistic but grows with the story. Through the trauma of finding a guest dead and the help of true friends she grows out of herself. Closes with a twist of two.


IT TOOK JUST A DAY -. - to read this fabulous, entertaining, and interesting book and to put it away - up on my virtual bookcase for this years books read from cover to cover. This is the first novel that i have read in quite some time - as I usually read TRIUE CRIME, NON FICTION BOOKS on NATURE and ADVENTURE, etc. - that a see reviewed from my favorite authors in the many magazines I read - as well as books on HUMAN NATURE, PSYCHOLOGY, and on REAL and FASCINATING PEOPLE - from many years ago - up until today. I HIGHLY recommend this quick - can’t put down until you get to the end read - to anyone who has the time to truly enjoy it - as I have done - reclining in my bed - on a cold, windy, and rainy winter’s day - or at anytime at all. A 10 STAR read in my expert opinion - but as the raring stars only go up to FIVE - that is what it got from me. EFHJR.


Unexpected Gem. What I Enjoyed What an unexpected gem of a domestic thriller. The story has teeth, it explores morally gray areas with both shock and clarity, and it touched my heart in the most profound and unexpected ways. Part of the strength of this novel is for the reader to go in blind and discover for themselves all it has to offer, so I’m going to tread lightly so as not to ruin it for you. You must read The Maid and experience it as I did. First, there are many twists and turns up until the very end. I’m just DIZZY from spinning round and round. Just when you think you have the story all figured out, woosh, the rug is pulled from right under your feet and your left trying to make sense of what just happened. I like nothing better than shocking twists that leave me breathless, and this story has plenty. So, just wait for it and don’t assume (because Molly, the main character, will explain to you all about what happens when you assume). I also love the themes the story explores, as they add meat and meaning to the story. Themes like the invisibility of the working class and the marginalization of people with a noticeable disorder that impacts how they process information and/or relate to other people. These are all handled with sincerity and empathy and left no doubt to the injustices that are done regularly. The characters are all so finely developed that it feels like you can turn around in your seat, and they will be right there ready to have a conversation with you – all of them through the most minor of support characters. And it’s through just little things, this is achieved – like the mention of one minor character – another maid – who would wipe the bathroom down with the same rag she used to clean the toilet on purpose. (I know I just heard a collective “eewww.”) Characters Molly Gray is the main character. She loves being a maid and knows that Molly the Maid sounds just too made up. Molly loves it so much that I wanted to be a maid for a minute even though I have severe dust mite allergies. She is delightful and sincere and loves what she’s doing and where she is doing it. If you don’t just fall in love with her as I did, I will be surprised. Reminds Me Of I can’t think of anything else out there like this story. It has all the thrills, chills, and surprises as any good domestic thriller, but it also has a story that will touch your heart and lift you up in the most profound ways. What I Wish I wish some readers wouldn’t make the mistake of calling this a cozy mystery, for it is definitely not. It is a domestic thriller through and through. I also wish that the popular Netflix show Maid had not come out so recently or been so popular because the two can easily get confused and are absolutely nothing alike. Each deserves to stand on their own. To Read or Not to Read This is one of my favorite books this year. I highly recommend it to all readers whether or not thrillers are a genre you usually pick up, as this has so much more to offer than the wonderfully shocking thrills.


Good book. good book


Highly engaging. The author created a character so lovable, so intriguing that us readers are compelled to read on. One could say this is a murder mystery involving greed, ambition, drugs, and deceit, but that would miss the point entirely. A wonderful read!


Great book. I read the last chapters very slowly because I did not want the book to end. I did not want to say good bye to the characters. This is always the sign of a good book.


Great book. Very suspenseful with a VERY surprise ending.

Pablo nucci

Thoroughly Enjoyed. Very hard for one to not only enjoy but root for Molly, the Maid. I enjoyed how this book all came together in its conclusion. The protagonist was likable and the plot was not long and drawn out. I was fortunate enough to finish this book in just a couple of days but this mystery novel gripped me the minute i finished the first chapter.

Julien's iPad 2

Excellent reading!. I loved this book! I am an avid reader, and I loved the point of view of this story. Molly the Maid is a hero (Robin Hood style 😉).


Disappointing read. I was super excited to read the book but to my surprise the book was not good at all. It had a very slow pace for the first half and only started to get interesting towards the end. Molly maid was supposed to be a normal awkward quirky maid in this hotel and the first half of the book (which was really slow ) made it seem she was also very oblivious to her surroundings. Which is exactly why the ending did not make sense at all because they were too many holes in the book. The details were put in the wrong places.


Columbo would be proud. An entertaining, page- turner of a novel! Delightfully written with subtle lessons on the need for human empathy & acceptance. Good reading- I recommend this book!


So good I couldn’t put it down.. Refreshingly unusual lead character, wonderful writing. Too good to stop until finished.


Great fun. Loved it!!

Film Fan Family

AWESOME!. The Maid, Molly Gray, is a memorable character. An awesome page turner and great ending!! Loved it.


Loved the main character!. This is the first book I’ve truly loved in quite a while. Beautifully written and moved quickly. I read it all in less than 24 hours. Highly recommend.


lovely. one of my favorite books i have read in a while. i wouldn’t be surprised if i read again sometime soon. a classic.


Its Ok. The book is ok, i did enjoy it. However it had a slow start. The ending is a shock but also a disappointment. They build a character and then turned it into a twisted person. Read it


Characters with tons of character. From the first person narrative you learn to see the world through a very unique pair of eyes.


A Wonderful Telling. A wonderful read telling of how people treat other people makes all the difference in the world! It’s all in perception!

Pepper Michaels

Well written. Very enjoyable read. A nice old fashioned plot; the main characters that are good are very likable, and the bad get their just desserts. How refreshing.


Wes Anderson vibes. Thank you to Penguin Random House & Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! SYNOPSIS: Molly is a maid working in the Regency Grand Hotel who takes her job very seriously and is a strict rule-abider. Socially awkward and often misunderstanding how to communicate, she's left to navigate the world on her own after her Gran passes away. When she stumbles upon the dead body of one of the Regency Grand Hotel's repeat guests, the wealthy Mr. Black, her life is turned upside down. She immediately becomes the number 1 suspect in Mr. Black's murder, though she maintains her innocence and naivety to the situation. Molly finds friendship in the most unlikely of situations and surprises you with her ability to avenge others' wrongdoings while sticking to her and Gran's moral code. REVIEW: 3 stars! This was overall a heartwarming journey, but it did take quite a while for me to get into it. The story picks up about halfway through, but even still I ultimately wasn't very attached to any of the characters or motivated to keep reading. I did finish it though, and there's a plot twist at the end. This book reads like a Wes Anderson film, of whom I'm not a fan.

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The Maid: A Novel is a 2022 murder mystery debut novel by Canadian author Nita Prose. In 2021, a film adaptation of the novel was announced, with Florence Pugh cast in the lead role. Plot Molly Gray is a dedicated maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, where she finds immense joy in her job, particularly in returning messy rooms to a state of perfection. Her love for cleaning is palpable, and she takes pride in the well-stocked maid's trolley with all its cleaning supplies. However, Molly's passion for cleanliness doesn't translate into an understanding of social cues or the ability to navigate relationships. Molly is considered odd by her co-workers, who don't share her enthusiasm for their work. Her closest friend, her grandmother, has passed away, leaving her feeling alone. Molly is also easily deceived by cunning individuals. One day, when Molly enters the penthouse suite to clean, she discovers the most prestigious hotel guest, Mr. Black, has been murdered. Due to a series of comicall....

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