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 ⬇️
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 🙂