I’m very excited to be bringing this to you. It really is one you won’t want to miss.
A charmingly eccentric hotel maid discovers a guest murdered in his bed. Solving the mystery will turn her once orderly world upside down in this utterly original debut.
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.
What Others Are Saying:
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.”)
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.
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.
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.