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The Mystery Guest - the endearing Molly the Maid is back.

Molly Gray is a sweet, special 29-year-old woman who works as a maid in the five-star Regency Grand Hotel. She's always known that she was different. While growing up, her neurodiversity made her an outcast at school. Through the love and support of her grandmother, she was able to channel her differences into assets. Following in her "gran's" footsteps, she became a maid. Her need for order, cleanliness and following rules earned her the title of Head Maid at the hotel. When famous mystery Writer J.D. Grimthorpe is scheduled to appear at the hotel's Grand Tearoom to make a special announcement, his legions of fans are shocked when he dies at the podium before speaking. The police rush in to investigate what appears to be a murder. But Molly's special way of thinking enables her to analyze the situation and come up with her own investigation, even when she becomes an early suspect.

After I read author Nita Prose's debut The Maid, it was not apparent that a second adventure featuring this unique and appealing character was going to be developed. I was happy to learn that a second book about Molly had been written. While not a big reader of "cozy" mysteries, The Mystery Guest, like the first book, was very enjoyable. The story has some good surprises although this book isn't meant to shock or hold you on the edge of your seat. It's a perfect book to snuggle up and read with a good hot cup of tea. I suspect there will be a third book, which will surely make my list.

Many thanks to Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read this entertaining book in advance of its publication. It is wonderful to find a book that celebrates people's differences.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars.

Cozy Mystery.

Publication Date: November 28, 2023.

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