The Maid

The Maid

Nita Prose

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A4 153x234mm
352 pages
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*The instant Sunday Times Top 5 bestseller*

*The New York Times No.1 bestseller*

*One of Buzzfeed’s highly anticpated Booktok reads in 2022*

‘Delightful’ GUARDIAN
‘An escapist pleasureSUNDAY TIMES
‘A true 21st century heroine’ JANICE HALLETT
‘A dream of a debut . . . exquisite’ NETGALLEY, Books of the Month
‘Smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing ’ LISA JEWELL
‘An instantly gripping and delightful whodunnit’ STYLIST

I am your maid.
I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.
But what do you know about me?

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 passing 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 as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?

Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .


‘Gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I’m recommending it to everyone I know’ EMMA STONEX

‘Beautiful writing, an intriguing mystery, and a colourful cast of friends and sleuths ensure The Maid sparkles with wit and tension’ LUCY CLARKE

‘Fresh, fiendish and darkly beguiling. The Maid is so thrillingly original, and clever, and joyous. I just adored every page’ CHRIS WHITAKER

A Sunday Times No.4 bestseller for w/c 24/01/2022

A New York Times No.1 bestseller for w/c 31/01/2022

About the author

NITA PROSE is a long-time editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately


  • ‘A smart, riveting, and deliciously refreshing debut. Prose knows how to pen a murder mystery with tremendous heart’ Lisa Jewell
  • ‘The book’s endearing central character and atmospheric hotel setting make it an escapist pleasure — a mini-break between the pages’ Sunday Times
  • ‘Finally booksellers have a concrete answer to the question ‘I loved Eleanor Oliphant – what should I read next?’’ Bookbrunch
  • ‘A gripping and heart-warming whodunnit narrated by an intriguing and original heroine. Skilfully layered and masterfully told. I loved it’ Santa Montefiore
  • ‘An endearing debut . . . Prose threads a steady needle with the intricate plotting’ New York Times
  • ‘The Maid is elegant, warm-hearted and wry, and Molly the most winningly off-beat narrator since Eleanor Oliphant. An absolute joy’ Louise Candlish
  • ‘An instantly gripping and delightful whodunnit’ Stylist
  • ‘I enjoyed every minute of this twisty yet tender thriller. The Maid is gripping, deftly written, and led by a truly unforgettable protagonist in Molly. I’m recommending it to everyone I know’ Emma Stonex
  • ‘Nita Prose has created a true 21st Century heroine in a brilliantly-written, transformative story’ Janice Hallett
  • ‘Molly the Maid has captured my heart! I loved this charming and utterly original whodunit . . . Put this on your to-read pile immediately’ Sarah Pearse
  • ‘Startingly good . . . a thoroughly beguiling read . . . full of such offbeat charm that you will root for [Molly] all the way’ Reader’s Digest
  • ‘Unlike anything else I’ve read, this kept me up way past lights out’ Katie Fforde
  • ‘This is going to be HUGE! A heroine as loveable and quirky as Eleanor Oliphant, caught up in a crime worthy of Agatha Christie. Loved it!’ Clare Pooley
  • ‘A contemporary murder mystery with a unique heroine who will appeal to Eleanor Oliphant fans’ Daily Mail