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Nita Prose

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Pronovost, Nita
Data de nascimento
late 1900s
Locais de residência
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Simon & Schuster Canada, vice-president and editorial director
Simon & Schuster
Madeleine Milburn (Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency
Pequena biografia
Thank you for visiting me. We have something in common—books. I believe you love them as much as I do. I love books the way Lennie in Of Mice and Men loved his pet mouse. For this reason, I don’t advise you ever to lend me your prized first folio edition of Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories & Tragedies as I may return it dog-eared and enhanced with a shabby chic patina of Scotch tape.

As for my professional life, I work in the publishing industry. I began years ago as an intern, photocopying edited manuscripts and secretly snooping the fascinating margin conversations between editors and writers. Currently, I’m vice president and editorial director at Simon & Schuster in Toronto, Canada, where I have the privilege of working with an incredible array of authors and publishing colleagues whom I credit with teaching me, manuscript by manuscript, book by book, the wondrous craft of writing.



Very entertaining! It took me a few chapters to get into this but once I did, I finished within 24 hours. At times I felt a little uncomfortable. Molly, the main character, has an unspecified neurodivergent disorder and sometimes the things she thinks or says are pretty funny. Then I would feel guilty for laughing at a 'differently abled' person. There are also many instances of co-workers who take shameless advantage of her, which was also uncomfortable to read. In the end Molly makes us stop and think about what is 'normal' and especially that when you assume you 'make an A S S out of U and Me' (one of Molly's favorite sayings). I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because the mystery part of it was rather trite and Molly was the only character that was well-developed and multi-dimensional.… (mais)
milbourt | outras 192 resenhas | May 11, 2024 |
Not as good as her first book, but still interesting to read. We learn more about her grandmother's experiences as a maid for writer, Mr Grimthorpe. We learn that he had a drinking problem that her grandmother helped him through, but that he also sexually abused her. Molly worked in the mansion polishing silver and reading in the library. She came to get a sense of what took place. Years later Mr Grimthorpe is poisoned at an event where Molly is Head Maid. He drank tea that he sweetened unknowlingly with honey laced with antifreeze. We also learn that Mr. Preston is Molly's grandfather. Before he was able to try to marry her grandmother, her grandmother's family sent her away to have this child away from the prying eyes of her parents' friends. It turns out that Mr. Grimthorpe did not write the books that became famous, but his typist created the novels herself somewhat based on some Mr. Grimthorpe's ideas. The person who killfed the author was one of the ladies from his fan club who stated she was his "official" biographer. She was upset that he dismissed her attempts to chat with him and was quite rude and hateful.… (mais)
bentstoker | outras 34 resenhas | Apr 30, 2024 |
Utterly charming contemporary mystery.

Molly Gray, AKA Molly the Maid, works at the Regency Grand Hotel "restoring guest rooms to a state of perfection." Every day the same. Cleaning is her passion. All is routine until the afternoon when she finds wealthy Mr. Charles Black dead in his bed in his luxury suite. Although she is most assuredly not guilty, Molly finds herself a murder suspect. The cause for that suspicion is likely due to the fact that Molly is different -- she is quite literal, probably on the spectrum, and is socially awkward completely misunderstanding social cues. One thing leads to another and soon Molly is arrested and has to prove her innocence.

Molly is a true delight as a character. (If you're of an age to have read the Amelia Bedelia book series popular back in the 1980s or before, you will remember that she was also a maid and had a penchant for interpreting everything in a similar literal manner.) Molly doesn't see or interpret things the same as most others, and she is maligned, misunderstood, and deemed weird. For the most part ignored, she makes an easy target and patsy for what her dearly departed Gran termed "bad eggs." And there are many who take advantage of Molly. I loved this heartwarming story of triumph and self-discovery as Molly eventually finds true friends who help her navigate the world and expose the real killer.

The narrator on the audiobook was excellent and I loved following along in the book while listening. I so enjoy that dual experience and highly recommend it for the ultimate reading experience. The story was sweet and unexpected for being a mystery, so unlike most of those in this genre that I typically enjoy. I can see why it was such a remarkable debut and I'm very much looking forward to reviewing the next book featuring Molly the Maid.
… (mais)
CelticLibrarian | outras 192 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |



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