Five Things About... The Maid by Nita Prose

If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine then you will love this one too. There were a few times where I thought the similarities were a little too close, though…

The minor characters were absolutely delightful- I want follow up books about some of them! The group who works to help Molly will restore your faith in humanity.

Molly, who presumably is on the Asperger’s spectrum, is a maid in an upscale hotel and takes her job super seriously. I went back and forth on the takeaway about the hospitality industry- on one hand I thought it was great that Molly had so much pride in her job, and it shows that all positions in a corporation are important. On the other, despite the author working so hard not to, sometimes it felt that Molly was either being mocked or pandered to. Just please make sure to always, always, always tip the housekeeping staff. 

This is the perfect mystery for people who don’t want anything to gory or suspenseful. I’ve seen it compared to Clue or Agatha Christie, which makes sense. There aren’t dramatic twists or turns and while it is fairly predictable, but I didn’t feel deprived. 

Another thing that I really appreciated about this is that it was more thoughtfully written than most mysteries; Molly is much more developed than most protagonists in this genre.

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