Laurie's Pick: "The Maid" by Nita Prose
Molly Gray loves cleanliness and order. This is why her position as a maid at the Regency Grand Hotel is ideal. Molly silently sweeps into rooms, returns them to perfect order, and leaves almost invisibly. She is lonely, but content, even though she struggles with social cues. However, soon her literal interpretations get her involved in a dangerous crime, which can only be solved by Molly herself. In the end, Molly discovers the power to make meaningful connections with people and to be accepted by people who value her as a human being.
I loved how the author used Molly’s voice to narrate this mystery. Her misinterpretations reminded me of the Amelia Bedelia books I read as a child. I enjoyed how she used her job to restore calm to a chaotic world. Her voice reveals a sweet soul who only wants to be understood and accepted. This book made me more aware of all the other invisible people out there doing jobs every day in order to make my life easier.