The Mystery Guest

A Maid Novel

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Pub Date 28 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2023



“Prepare to be swept away again into the wonderfully endearing and unforgettable world of Molly. . . . Nita Prose writes like no other—I loved this even more than her utterly delightful debut.” —Ashley Audrain, bestselling author of The Push and The Whispers

Polished to perfection!Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Here Is Lying

A new mess. A new mystery. It’s up to Molly the maid to uncover the truth, no matter how dirty, in this standalone novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid, a Good Morning America Book Club pick.

Molly Gray is not like anyone else. With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, she has risen through the ranks of the glorious five-star Regency Grand Hotel to become the esteemed Head Maid. But just as her life reaches a pinnacle state of perfection, her world is turned upside down when J.D. Grimthorpe, the world-renowned mystery author, drops dead—very dead—on the hotel’s tea room floor.

When Detective Stark, Molly's old foe, investigates the author’s unexpected demise, it becomes clear that this death was murder most foul. Suspects abound, and everyone wants to know: Who killed J.D. Grimthorpe? Was it Lily, the new Maid-in-Training? Or was it Serena, the author’s secretary? Could Mr. Preston, the hotel’s beloved doorman, be hiding something? And is Molly really as innocent as she seems?

As the case threatens the hotel’s pristine reputation, Molly knows that she alone holds the key to unlocking the killer's identity. But that key is buried deep in her past—because long ago, she knew J.D. Grimthorpe. Molly must comb her memory for clues, and revisit her childhood and the mysterious Grimthorpe mansion where her dearly departed Gran once worked. With Molly and her colleagues under investigation, she knows she must solve the mystery post-haste. And if there's one thing she knows for sure, it's that dirty secrets don't stay buried forever...

“Prepare to be swept away again into the wonderfully endearing and unforgettable world of Molly. . . . Nita Prose writes like no other—I loved this even more than her...

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Well, Nina Prose has done it again! If you loved her novel “The Maid”, you’ll love “The Mystery Guest. We are back at the Regency Grand Hotel with Molly, now “Head Maid”. As Head Maid, Molly is responsible for preparing the tea room for the world-renowned, best-selling murder mystery writer J.D. Grimthorpe. As per Molly’s propensity, everything is perfect, that is until Mr Grimthorpe drops dead just as soon as he is about to make a news-shattering announcement. This time, Molly knows what to expect when a death occurs in her hotel, and she uses her acute observational skills to gather as much evidence as she can, not just because she wants to solve the case but because she doesn’t want the wrong person to get accused of the crime…like last time.
I absolutely loved being back with Molly. Nina Prose writes a good mystery rife with numerous suspects. In this novel, we also get a portion of Molly’s backstory when she was a little girl living with her Gran. Prose skillfully weaves this backstory and the present-day crime together so that I was engaged in both storylines. I also loved the plot developments that happened in the last third of the novel that lend themselves wonderfully to a third novel that I absolutely cannot wait to read!

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What a treat!

I was so excited to step back into the world of Molly Gray, and Nita Prose did not disappoint!

Molly Gray has once again found herself in the midst of a murder investigation. Using proverbs instilled in her by her gran, Molly helps solve the crime with the help of some friends from the Regent Grand.

Everything I loved about Molly from the first book, shone through the pages of her second adventure. She is the same quirky, loveable person who always stays true to herself and her beliefs. The story had great pacing and the author’s easy-to-read writing style made this a book that easily had you reading “just one more chapter”.

I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy a good mystery while sipping a cup of tea! This book can be read as a standalone, but the first one was so good, you might as well read it first!

**received with thanks from the publisher in return for my honest thoughts**

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