It’s no secret I wasn’t a huge fan of The Maid when I read it back in 2021. But when offered to read the second installment in the Molly the Maid series, I decided to give it a chance. I won’t say it blew my socks off, but I did seem to like it slightly more than The Maid.
In The Mystery Guest it’s been a few years since Molly Gray helped to solve the murder of a guest at Regency Grand Hotel and she’s now the Head Maid. When a renowned author ends up dead in the hotel’s tearoom, Molly is thrown into the mix and might be the only person to unravel the secrets surrounding not just the dead guest but also around the hotel’s staff.
These are cozy reads, and you have to take them for what they’re worth. Molly is still not my favorite character, but I felt that we got to know her a bit more in this second book and she started to grow on me. I enjoyed her and Gran’s backstory and I felt that she had grown quite a bit since the first book. She still has her quirks they just weren’t as exaggerated. Other than Molly, almost all of the characters from the first book make an appearance, and I will say I did like having The LAMBS as an addition to the cast.
The story itself is a bit repetitive of the first book so I didn’t find the plot to be very original nor did it completely suck me in. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending and hints to where the series might potentially go, but maybe it’ll be even better that way. I mean how many guests can die unexpectedly right?
If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you’ll enjoy this series, and you can 100% read these either of these books as standalones. Check out my review of The Maid below:
The Mystery Guest is out now. Huge thank you to Ballantine Books for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review, please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my Instagram @speakingof.books.