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  • The Maid

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  • Written by: Nita Prose
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,660 ratings)

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The Maid

Written by: Nita Prose
Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose
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Publisher's Summary

WINNER OF THE 2022 NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL CRIME FICTION

INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • CITYLINE BOOK CLUB PICK • “A twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, from the perspective of the maid who finds the body. Think Clue. Think page-turner.”—Glamour

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Glamour, W magazine, PopSugar, The Rumpus, Book Riot, CrimeReads, She Reads, Daily Hive, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Stylist, Canadian Living

“An endearing debut. . . . 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

The Maid is a masterful, charming mystery that will touch your heart in ways you could never expect. . . . This is the smart, quirky, uplifting read we need.”—Ashley Audrain, #1 bestselling author of The Push

A dead body is one mess she can’t clean up on her own.

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 demeanour 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?

Both 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.

©2022 Nita Prose (P)2022 Viking

What the critics say

INSTANT #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • CITYLINE BOOK CLUB PICK

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Glamour, W magazine, PopSugar, The Rumpus, Book Riot, CrimeReads, She Reads, Daily Hive, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Stylist, Canadian Living

“A twist-and-turn whodunit, set in a five-star hotel, from the perspective of the maid who finds the body. Think Clue. Think page-turner.”Glamour

“Excellent and totally entertaining . . . the most interesting (and endearing) main character in a long time.”—Stephen King 

“An endearing debut. . . . Prose threads a steady needle with the intricate plotting, the locked-room elements of the mystery and especially Molly’s character. 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  

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The Maid

the narrator really brought this to life. I sometimes had trouble with timing but I loved the story

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Entertaining and Excellent!

Loved everything about this book. Entertaining and suspenseful, yet with kindness that is genuine. Lauren Ambrose was delightful and perfect.

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Delightful

Loved this character and the way the story is told so much. Cannot wait to read more by this author. Great performance as well.

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Superb story read to perfection.

I can't even begin to state how much I enjoyed this book. What a lovely and fun way to get my mind off the woes of the world. I'm not joking when I write that I'm almost ready to start listening again. Molly Gray is one amazing protagonist.
If you need a little pick-me-up, don't hesitate. Listen to this book immediately.

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Fabulous!

This was a BEAUTIFUL book. The protagonist is very interesting and likeable, depicted with realism that isn't too gritty. It reads more like literature until the end, where there's a thrilling twist, making it a bona fide suspense. Intelligently and sensitively written, provokes thought. Great listen.

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How are there so many 5 star reviews

I chose this book because of all the good reviews. It was just too simple. I got 1/3 through but could not finish it.

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Great story! Great narration!

This is the first I've listened to by Nita Prose, but won't be the last!

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Perfect narrator

Interesting story with an even interesting character. Enjoyed listening to this audio book very much.

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Lovable and realistic neurodivergent heroine!

The narrator of this story is clearly meant to be a neurodivergent woman and it's really great to see some positive representation!

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Easy and entertaining listen

I really enjoyed the development of the main character Molly who has very intricate behaviours and habits.

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Intriguing and Enjoyable

I really liked the story. Sometimes I thought: “duuuuh! Why???”. But it makes me realize how good the book was. Well done