If you loved The Maid, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a sequel. Here’s our The Mystery Guest by Nina Prose review to see if it’s worth buying.
Disclaimer: I got an advanced copy of The Mystery Guest by Nina Prose via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Cozy mysteries are great as the sun sets earlier and the cold weather rolls in. That’s why The Mystery Guest by Nina Prose being released this week is great. It makes for an excellent gift for mystery fans, and it’s just fun for you to buy for yourself. That’s especially if you loved Prose’s first novel in the series, The Maid.
It’s a quick and easy read. My one complaint is just how easy the mystery is to solve. Let’s dive into whether this book is worth reading.
What is The Mystery Guest by Nina Prose about?
The novel follows Molly Gray, who is now Head Maid at the Regency Hotel. She is much more secure in her life right now, and she takes pride in being Head Maid and ensuring those under her are treated fairly and with compassion.
J.D. Grimthorpe is an important guest at the hotel. He’s there to deliver a speech and make an announcement, but before he can, he is killed. It turns out his tea was poisoned, and of course, that leads to suspicion on the hotel staff.
Molly needs to get to the bottom of the mystery. It turns out she has a bit more of a personal connection to the author. We get flashbacks of her life as a child with her gran, and it leads to us finding out that she knew the renowned author when she was younger. It seems he doesn’t remember her. Or does he?
Is The Mystery Guest worth buying?
So, let’s look at whether you want to get this book. If you loved the first book, The Maid, then you’ll want to get The Mystery Guest by Nina Prose. It continues Molly’s growth. And yes, Detective Stark is back and is on a mission to prove that Molly did it once again. This does annoy me a little, though. It’s such a cliche storyline.
The flashbacks do help to advance Molly’s character. We get to see why she does the things that she does, and we get to understand her connection to Grimpthorpe and Mr. Porter. I wish that Juan Manuel was around in the book, but I do like that the personal connections that we do have further the overall story and not just Molly’s character development.
My biggest complaint is just how easy the mystery is to solve. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but my first suspicion turned out to be the right one. It was just too easy to figure out. I prefer mysteries to have a twist at the end, but that is a personal choice in the matter.
The only other thing I didn’t really enjoy was that there was a lot of reminders of things we already knew. Molly keeps repeating the same things that her gran told her. If you haven’t read the first book, the repeats won’t be as big, but they are still there. I do appreciate that you don’t need to know the first novel to fully appreciate this one. However, it’s worth reading them in order.
Stars: 3.5 out of 5.