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The Maid

The Maid

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2000s: I am your maid. I know so much about you. But what do you know about me?

  • ISBN: 978-0008435721
  • Genre: Cosy crime, Mystery

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Molly the Maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests who pass through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?

But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And so Molly becomes embroiled in a hunt for the truth, learning who to trust as she navigates the secret underbelly of the Regency Grand Hotel.

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Find your own Regency Grand Hotel

The location in the novel is never made clear but that doesn’t matter as it’s the setting of te hotel that is key here. Find your own Regency Grand  – there’s a few ideas on the map to get you started

“I am your maid. I know so much about you. But when it comes down to it: what is it that you know about me.”

Molly has a mantra

“Never leave a mess to be discovered by a guest.”

It’s a quirky idea and one that the author got when staying in a hotel in London and she returned to find her maid cleaning and handling an item of her clothing. That made her think that she and the maid had never met but this mysterious housekeeper knew so much about her yet she knew nothing about her.

Next time you stay in a hotel room, just think  of what your possessions, mess and general habits are saying about you…( and be nice to your housekeeping team!)

Oh and don’t forget to watch old episodes of Columbo Columbo episodes she watched with her Gran help Molly see things in a very unique and clever way.

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A joy to behold. That’s my one line review of this fantastic novel. Set in  a posh yet fictional hotel, this is a story with warmth, heart and a heck of a lot of soul. Molly the maid is the woman and maid you never really notice. She’s quiet and is coping with the recent death of her gran. The two lived together and I felt every ounce of her grief and sorrow as she tries to get up every morning and get through the day.

At the hotel, no one notices her. She cleans the rooms and has a high level of integrity and pride. I loved this about her, her strict moral code and her desire to do her job to her best ability. My mum gave me this advice when little. She said, if you are cleaning a room or delivering a speech, do it to the best of your ability. Look in the mirror at the end of every day and be sure you can tell yourself you did good. I live by that still, and felt close to Molly as a result.

Molly, molly, molly. She does get herself into some situations. I wanted to yell at her and warn her. But hold on, Molly isn’t what she seems. She knows things you don’t. I loved the fact she had learnt a lot from Columbo as the two are quite similar. Unassuming, ordinary and someone people don’t see at first. Someone who people are quick to judge. Well, more fool them. Just one more thing……Molly is the most unique voice and character I have come across in fiction in a while.

It’s fascinating to go behind the scenes of a hotel. A setting we are all familiar with, but not through the eyes of someone who comes into our room, cleans it and sees our lives and possessions all laid out.  I always get excited when I find mini shampoos and the tea tray so to see the joy Molly gets filling her trolley was just lovely. Molly I get you. In real life, we would be friends.

The story which unfolds is twisty and mysterious. I am not going to comment on that but I will say that it twists and turns to a very satisfying and applause inducing end. Molly, I miss you and the gang from the hotel already.

Tell you what, I would love to stay there and meet them in real life!

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Destination: London, worldwide  Author/guide: Nita Prose  Departure Time: 2000s

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