“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…”Goodreads blurb for The Mystery Guest
Title: The Mystery Guest
Series: Molly the Maid (Book 2)
Author: Nita Prose
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 304 (Kindle)
Publish Date: November 28th, 2023
My Rating: ★★★★
Read: 9/11/2023 – 9/29/2023
I read The Maid last year and there was admittedly a lot I didn’t like about it. However, there was enough that I did like that I was interested in reading this next installment. I’m so glad I did!
Molly Gray finds herself entangled in another murder of a Regency Grand Hotel guest. Though not under immediate suspicion this time around, her trainee, Lily, is. Moreover, Molly had been acquainted with this guest, a renowned author, in her youth. Going back and forth from then and now, Molly aids in catching the killer.
I was super into the ‘before’ part of the story. I loved getting to see more scenes between Molly and Gran and particularly seeing Molly as a child. Everything tied in nicely as well. The present part of the story didn’t captivate me quite as much until near the end. I enjoyed the reading experience much more this time, which tends to be the case in series for me anyway. I’m officially hooked and look forward to any future installments!
A huge thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC of the book!
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- Molly maintained her charm much better in this book.
- The flashbacks to Molly’s childhood.
- The epilogue!
- It was less political than the first book.
What I didn’t like:
- I wish Juan Manuel had more of a role, however, there was no need.
- With the flashbacks so details and lengthy, I sometimes lost my place on the current events.
This book was a pleasant surprise! It was the perfect travel read.