The wait is FINALLY over! We are absolutely thrilled that The Mystery Guest, the highly anticipated second novel by global bestselling author, Nita Prose, is finally out in hardback in North America today with Penguin Random House US/Ballantine and Penguin Canada. In The Mystery Guest, we return to the world of The Regency Grand Hotel with Molly Gray for a new mess and a new mystery…

The Mystery Guest follows the phenomenal success of Prose’s dazzling debut, The Maid. Publishing in January 2022, the novel charted for twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, hitting the prestigious No.1 spot, and spent eight incredible weeks in the No.1 position on the Toronto Star Canadian Fiction list. Translation rights to The Maid have been sold in 36 international territories to date, and Film rights have been optioned by Universal with Florence Pugh set to star.

On top of this, The Maid was a Good Morning America Book Club pick, one of The Washington Post’s Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2022, one of Amazon’s Top 20 Best Books of the Year, one of Amazon’s Best Mystery & Thriller Books of 2022, Audible’s Best of 2022 in the Mysteries & Thrillers category, Reader’s Digest‘s No.1 Book of 2022, one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2022, Goodreads Choice Winner in the Mystery & Thriller category, Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best International Crime Fiction, and a Finalist in the Debut Novel category.

The Mystery Guest has already been selected as one of Amazon’s Top 20 Book of 2023, was the #1 Indie Next Pick for December 2023, and chosen as Apple’s Best of the Month pick for November 2023.

The Mystery Guest, like The Maid before it (you can enjoy one without reading the other!), is a novel to restore your faith in proudly old-fashioned, character-driven storytelling — of the kind that crime buffs and book clubs alike can embrace. I was nearly hugging myself as I turned the pages of this splendid novel. Read it, as I did, with an attitude of gratitude’

 A J Finn, , #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Solving a crime has never been more delightful. Full of twists you’ll never see coming, Prose has updated and perfected the cozy murder mystery. Molly Gray is a gift to the world, and this is a book to hug when you finish it.”

Nina de Gramont, New York Times bestselling author of THE CHRISTIE AFFAIR

“Nita Prose shines with the return of Molly the maid who is one of the most memorable, endearing characters I’ve ever read. From page turning suspense, to laugh-out-loud humor and moments that are deeply heartfelt, The Mystery Guest has it all! This book is a knockout.” Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

A flawless and brilliant read…. The Mystery Guest exceeded my expectations, not just for its skilful portrayal of atypical Molly but for the pure thrill, intrigue, and entertainment of the storytelling.”

Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Strange Sally Diamond

Congratulations, Nita! We are so excited to see The Mystery Guest take the world by storm, as more readers discover the word of the Regency Grand Hotel and our charming heroine Molly. Readers in the UK don’t have long to wait for their paperback copies either, as The Maid is out in UK hardback on 18th January 2024.