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The Mystery Guest: A Maid Novel (Molly the…

The Mystery Guest: A Maid Novel (Molly the Maid) (original 2023; udgave 2023)

af Nita Prose (Forfatter)

Serier: Molly the Maid (2)

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"When an acclaimed author dies at the Regency Grand Hotel, it's up to a fastidious maid to uncover the truth, no matter how dirty."--
Titel:The Mystery Guest: A Maid Novel (Molly the Maid)
Forfattere:Nita Prose (Forfatter)
Info:Ballantine Books (2023), 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Mystery Guest af Nita Prose (2023)


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Nita Prose has created a character whose voice gets in my brain. I hear her and understand her and root for her on every page. She strives for perfection while understanding that it is a very high watermark. And because she has had difficulties and more, she is perfectly attuned to others and their faults, problems and struggles. I love this character, unabashed adoration. Prose has advanced Molly’s character in the four years since her debut in the original installment. Molly makes us aware that she started at the bottom and is on the ascendency. Yay Molly. She is “an employee who sustains an attitude of gratitude.” She is better at reading people which she does by noticing things differently than most. Her awareness of her deficiencies and attributes is breathtaking in its simplicity.

There were so many great twisty little turns that advanced the story and allowed you to keep understanding Molly’s character development. I am so looking forward to the next Molly the Maid Installment but until then I will hear Molly reciting Gran’s advice:
“Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
We’re all the same in different ways.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

4-1/2 brilliantly shining stars. So Many thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy of Molly the Maid’s latest adventure. ( )
  kimkimkim | Jan 28, 2024 |
Molly Gray is the Head Maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, a 5-star boutique hotel. They are hosting a revelation by a famous mystery author, J.D. Grimthorpe. As he begins his talk, he drinks a cup of tea with lots of honey and falls down dead. That begins Molly's reminiscing about her early life with her Gran, a maid in the home of Grimthorpe. One day Gran has to speak with Molly's teacher and finds that she is to be held back in school, although it is not because of lack of intelligence--it is because she has poor social skills. She is on the autism scale and requires a different style of learning while her Grandmother supplies as she is able. She takes Molly with her to the mansion where Molly ends up polishing silver, reading in the library, and meeting Mr. Grimthorpe. The only people in the house are Grimthorpe and his wife, a gardener, Mr. Jenkins, a guard, Mr. Preston, and the person who types Grimthorpe's novels. Molly reveres her grandmother and can still hear her maxims for conducting life in her head. The police suspect Lily, a new maid, or Molly since they are the ones who prepared the tea tray. There is also a group of lady fans of Grimthorpe who follow him around, write about him, and collect his artifacts called the LAMBS. Angela, the bartender, at The Social, a bar at the hotel fancies herself as an amateur detective and begins investigating. Molly being on the autism scale is able to put single happenings together to come up with some answers to what might have happened. Detective Sharp find her very helpful and offers her a job in her investigative unit if Molly is willing. However, Molly has grown up always believing her destiny was to me a maid. Mr. Preston, now the door man at this hotel, has befriended her over the years and has Sunday dinner with her and her live-in boyfriend each week. Then there is Cheryl, a slovenly maid, out to make a killing selling stolen artifacts online. ( )
  baughga | Jan 21, 2024 |
Yay this is my 100th review on LT! Having read The Maid three months ago now, in Oct 23, reading The Mystery Guest was like returning to a restaurant you enjoy ready to enjoy the great service and taste the wonderful delights on offer. I was quickly able to return to the world of Molly, in the hotel this time as a leader of the cleaning crew and dealing with all the challenges that come with that role. The influence of Molly's grandmother is still strong with Molly and this time around we get to learn more about Molly's history and what happened with her mom that lead her to staying and growing up with her grandmother. The other part of the book is solving of the mystery of the death of the famous author. There are a few twists to the tale which are enjoyable enough to make me read the next book in the series. So looking forward to hearing what comes next with Molly. ( )
  thanesh | Jan 18, 2024 |
Neurodivergent maid, Molly Gray, is once again at the scene of a murder in the Regency Hotel. This time around the characters are less developed. The victim is a renowned mystery writer who is about to make an important announcement, but drops dead as he approaches the podium.

It turns out the victim was also the employer of Molly's grandmother years before and Molly has some knowledge of him and his household. This knowledge along with Molly's observational skills help the detective to solve the murder. And the book ends with the suggestion that Molly may change careers to become a detective.

I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Maid. But this story is not as well developed and felt a bit formulaic. ( )
  tangledthread | Jan 17, 2024 |
The Mystery Guest is a sequel to Nita Prose’s wildly popular debut, The Maid, featuring Molly, a hotel maid.

Set around four years after the events of the first novel, Molly is now Head Maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, and has been placed in charge of the service for a special event to be held in the newly restored Grand Tearoom. World-renowned, bestselling, and award-winning author J. D. Grimthorpe has a secret to reveal and his audience is agog, but moments after taking the stage and sipping his tea, Grimthorpe collapses and is pronounced dead.

Once again Molly finds herself caught up in a mystery, as Grimthorpe’s cause of death is pronounced as murder, with a poison tainting the honey taken with his tea. Detective Stark seems as eager to blame Molly for this murder as the last, and if not Molly, then her protégé, Lily, so it’s up to Molly to find the real culprit.

It was a delight to reconnect with the characters from The Maid. Molly, though less naive, is still sweet and optimistic. She and Juan Manuel now live together (though he is absent from this story) and Molly’s colleagues, except for Cheryl, have become her friends. The Mystery Guest sheds more light on Molly’s background, and the murder investigation reveals surprise connections

While The Mystery Guest is an engaging read, with a decently plotted mystery I felt it was missing the edge that surprised me in The Maid. ( )
  shelleyraec | Jan 15, 2024 |
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