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The Mystery Guest
The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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*The unmissable new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Maid* _________________________________________________________________
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Arvena
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Cosy and lightheaded murder mystery with satisfying ending :)

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Julsmarshall
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I really enjoyed spending time with Molly Gray again in this sequel to the Maid. Another solid mystery with quirky characters and a calming setting in a charming English boutique hotel. I really enjoy this series and look forward to more! #BookspinBingo #BOTM @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5d
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Injeanious
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Liked it even more than the first one! It‘s such a cheerful book about murder! Lol Read it very quickly.

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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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Night_Reader
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4/5 🌟

Molly the Maid has made a triumphant return in the sequel, and I couldn't be happier. Having loved the first book, I was thrilled to find that Molly is as lovely, meticulous, and quirky as ever. The sequel is just as entertaining, and I'm pleased to say it did not disappoint.

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TEArificbooks
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I liked this one as much as the first one. I like how the author shows value in neurodivergence.

mom_of_4 I was thinking of reading this. 1mo
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Crazeedi
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The second book starring Molly the Maid. A famous author rents the Tea Room for an important announcement and dies before revealing it. Molly as usual has a memory that remembers everything, and realizes she's met this man before. Told in flashback, Molly remembers cleaning with her Gran at the authors mansion. I found this book not as fun as the first. But still worth reading.
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AmyG I loved them both. Wonderful series. 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
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TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked both of these. I listened to the audio and Lauren Ambrose is the perfect narrator for these books. 1mo
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books I tried to find the audio, I'm sure the narration was very good 1mo
Bluebird I keep reading such good things about these books! I really need to get to them soon. I‘ve had The Maid on my shelf for a while. 🙄 1mo
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Crazeedi
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"My gran once told me a story about a maid, a rat, and a spoon."

AmyG Lovely story! 1mo
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Crazeedi
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DieAReader 🥳Great! 1mo
TheSpineView Look forward to your review. 1mo
Andrew65 Be interested to see what you think of this, not one I‘ve read yet. 1mo
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BookishTrish
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My expectations for this sequel were sky high and so the novel felt a bit short. I missed Juan, found Molly‘s rhymed wisdom a bit twee-er than previously, but thoroughly enjoyed the mystery.

Catsandbooks Does the bowl say "it's cold outside bébé"? ? love Moira! 1mo
BookishTrish @Catsandbooks indeed it does 1mo
Catsandbooks @BookishTrish That is perfect! 🩵 1mo
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Soubhiville
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I enjoyed this just as much as I did The Maid. I really like main character Molly, and this mystery focuses on the murder of an author in her beloved hotel.

I think the narration by Lauren Ambrose fits these stories perfectly and recommend them if you like audio.

Although not graphic, CW for sexual harassment.

AmyG I love these books, too. 1mo
Crazeedi I'm reading this at the moment. Not sure if I like as much as the first one! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Totally agree! Ambrose is so perfectly matched to these books. 1mo
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Mpcacher
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This is the sequel to “The Maid“ and surprisingly I found it to be even better. Admittedly it is a light, almost cozy mystery, but I have fallen for the quirky and always honest character of Molly and cannot wait to read more of the series. The dialogue is clever and Prose's descriptions of the various settings allow us to be 'there' and yet they never feel to drag on. This one can be read as a stand alone, but the first was also great. 4.5/5

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suvata
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“The Mystery Guest” is the second book in the “Molly the Maid” series. The story revolves around Molly Gray, the Head Maid at the Regency Grand Hotel, who is tasked with uncovering the truth behind the death of J.D. Grimthorpe, a world-renowned mystery author, who dies on the hotel‘s tea room floor. As Detective Stark investigates the author‘s unexpected demise, it becomes clear that this death was murder most foul. • 3.5 Stars

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AmyG
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Wonderful. Better than the first.

#Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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robinb
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I had three 5⭐️ books in October. All wonderful for different reasons, but I think Molly (from TMG) edged out the other two by just being herself. 😊☀️ Loved getting to know her a little bit better and think I actually enjoyed this one more than its predecessor.

#12BooksOf2023

Andrew65 Need to read this. 2mo
robinb @Andrew65 you really do. 😉😊 2mo
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AmyG
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Megabooks Yay! Same Bed! 2mo
AmyG @Megabooks I am looking forward to that one. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Enjoy!!! 2mo
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CoffeeK8
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It was so nice to get back to visit Molly and her friends at the hotel, she has such a wonderful perspective on things. Loved ythe mystery and the twists the story took to get there.

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CoffeeK8
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I feel very seen by this quote LOL

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Ruthiella Awesome! 👏👏👏 2mo
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tpixie @Gissy thx! 2mo
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CoffeeK8
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I‘m not sure I‘ll finish The Mystery Guest before midnight so it might be my technical first book for tomorrow, but my first new book will be Punished for Dreaming. #lastfirst @BookNAround

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It was a great reading year! Thanks to @jackilynn for helping me find the website myyearinbooks.com !
Happy New Years Eve! 🥳📚🥳

Gissy Yes!!! Spectacular 📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉🥳👏👏👏 2mo
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tpixie @UwannaPublishme thanks! I‘m amazed by others who read so much more! But I have doubled my reading with Litsy over these last several years! 2mo
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The.Great.Catsby
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The epilogue was so sweet!
I like Molly as a character. And I also like that she is helping me learn new vocabulary words. I find that I really missed Gran in present day.
I enjoyed The Maid more than this one... The Maid stuck with me for awhile after finishing. This one, probably won't.
If there are more in this series, I likely won't read them. But this was good enough to recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Maid.
⭐️⭐️⭐️

12.30.2023

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MyNamesParadise
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It was great seeing Molly back in action solving another murder! The flashback scenes were good even if they distracted some from the main storyline. I enjoyed this one but I probably liked the 1st one better. I wonder if there will be a third book!

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tpixie
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So far Molly doesn‘t disappoint. Nita Prose may be a good editor but she is a great writer ✍️

IndoorDame Love this distinction! I tried to get kids to glom onto it in a lesson once, but however I was phrasing it the concept was just too opposed to something they‘d heard in school before… 2mo
tpixie @IndoorDame yes, it‘s a fun description- I can see how a kid could have a hard time wrapping their mind around it… 2mo
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Breanne1
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This book was an absolute delight to read. I enjoyed this one even more than the first book in the series. If you‘re in the market for a cozy mystery filled with lots of heart look no further.
Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for this ARC in return for my honest review.
Book 75 of 2023

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Hooked_on_books
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The follow up to The Maid finds a famous novelist dying in a very public, suspicious way. The cast of characters is familiar from the first book with a few new faces thrown in. Lauren Ambrose reads the audio and she is absolutely brilliant! I really enjoyed this. I feel like there‘s potential for another book, but I have no idea if there will be one. If so, I‘m definitely reading it!

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janeycanuck
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I wasn‘t sure if I wanted to pick this up - while I liked the Maid, I had difficulty with how patronizing interactions with Molly came off. I didn‘t get that as much this time around, maybe because I went in with a low bar? I liked the flipping back & forth in time and the mystery but the over-stereotyping was still strong.

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angieinwonderland
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I am not into the amateur sleuth trope, but Nita does it well twice now. It had an intricate plot, but it sometimes the backstory pulled me out of the story. I have to admit I didn't guess the culprit, so there's that.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5
I enjoyed the return of Molly and the hotel staff for this fun whodunnit murder mystery. A fast-paced, light read and great follow-up to The Maid.😁☕️

tpixie Oh good!! I loved The Maid and I‘ve been trying to decide if I should just stop there and enjoy it or keep going! 2mo
angel1 @tpixie definitely keep going…there is a nice little twist at the end that you will love! 2mo
tpixie @angel1 ok! Thx! 2mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

This was a fun continuation of Molly the Maid‘s story! I liked learning more about her childhood with her Gran through flashbacks. It didn‘t feel quite as fresh or intriguing as the first book did to me, but it was an enjoyable and endearing cozy mystery overall. The audiobook narrator is great! 🎧

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marleed
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If you‘re a fan of Molly, this is a satisfying read. I wasn‘t keenly invested in the current murder mystery happening at the Regency Grand Hotel wishing instead to sit in the chapters with the younger Molly and her grandmother. But the author eventually pulled me back to current-day Molly and the mystery only Molly could solve.

robinb I loved the personal elements more as well! To me, this second venture was more heartwarming than the first. More background, more interaction/interpersonal with co-workers. 3mo
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Nessavamusic
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Wow! I think I liked this even more than the first one. A very delightful murder mystery that also gives us more of Molly the Maids childhood. I would definitely read The Maid first, but it has its own story. A very fun fast read. 5⭐️
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Emilymdxn I‘m so glad you liked it ❄️❄️❄️ 3mo
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The.Great.Catsby
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1. Sweet Revenge-G.K. DeRosa. It was an interesting concept and super well done. As soon as I finished it, I immediately bought Wicked Games. And I never pre buy books.
2. I've been telling everyone that I'm not going to read anything new, I'm instead going to finish all of my current reads. But between you and me, I'm excited to read The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose! I will read it once the library loan is available.

@TheSpineView
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TheSpineView Sounds like a good plan!💜📖📚 3mo
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AmyM43
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I enjoyed this second book more than the first. This time around the mystery is kind of tangled up in Molly's past and I really liked getting a glimpse of that past as it's nice learning about her character and seeing her grow so much!

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Monica5
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I always wonder if an authors second book is going to live up to their first. In the case of The Mystery Guest, Prose's second book, does live up to her first The Maid.

In The Mystery Guest, we are reunited with Molly, the maid. She is now head maid and takes her job seriously. While training Lily, a new maid, a guest of the Regency is murdered. Molly is thrust into the middle of the investigation by her friend, Angela. Of course, there ⬇️

Monica5 are times when Molly is misunderstood and she misunderstands.

Prose did a wonderful job in character development. Molly grew a lot, but the biggest growth came from Detective Stark. I love Molly. She is clearly the underdog most of the time, but she never gives up. Prose also expanded on the series, and left room for another book or two, by a couple of bombshells. There is a dual timeline in The Mystery Guest, but it works great and gives some info on one bombshell. I look forward to reading more about Molly and seeing where Prose takes all the characters.

If you haven't read the first book, The Maid, I would recommend you do before reading, The Mystery Guest. That way you want be lost, because this book builds on the first.

Tentative Publishing Date November 28, 2023

Thanks to Netgalley, Random House Publishing Group and Ballantine for the E-ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

🙂 Happy Reading 🙂

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robinb
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I really enjoyed the first in this series, The Maid, and this one did not disappoint as the next adventure for Molly. I‘m loving her more and more as I get to know her better and that goes for her co-stars as well.
This one involves a famous reclusive mystery author who plans to make a big announcement at the Regency Grand Hotel only to drop dead before the information is shared. Molly, who happens to have a prior connection with the author, is 🔻

robinb pushed into the investigation by a co-worker, not only unearthing the surprise disclosure but also resurrecting her past shared with her beloved Gran. As Detective Stark, formerly a disgruntled, suspicious foe of Molly‘s, begins to notice Molly‘s special insightful talents, a respect is forged.
Again, very well done, and Molly is a true heroine to cheer for and cherish.
Recommended. 5/5⭐️
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