The Maid - Nita Prose

The Maid

By Nita Prose

  • Release Date: 2022-01-04
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 4,698 Ratings


#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 produced by and starring Florence Pugh

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


  • Loved it

    By Lauren D. 
    Cute book with cute characters
  • Adult Amelia Bedelia story

    By girlguts
    Charming and somehow nostalgia. Great vacation read.
  • Keep Reading!

    By Megs9903
    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 🙂
  • Light and enjoyable

    By srowbol1
    Good read. Definitely recommend. I gave it 4 stars because I found a few spelling errors which drives me crazy.
  • loved every word

    By poipulegend
    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!
  • The Maid

    By D' Wolf
    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!
  • The Maid

    By Emotionally Disturbed
    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.
  • So engaging!

    By Joypeacebliss
    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.
  • Decent

    By Findaddy16
     good read. I was hoping for a better ending.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Andrea crane
    Great read, read in a day. I really enjoyed reading from the perspective of Molly, who is socially awkward and seemingly so innocent.