Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Sullivan's debut is a page-turner featuring a heroine bookseller who solves a cold case with clues from books--what is not to love?" --Nina George, author of The Little French Bistro , and the New York Times bestselling The Little Paris Bookshop

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs--the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's upper room, Lydia's life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey's suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia's life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501116841
1501116843
Branch Call Number: M SULLIVAN
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 24 cm

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brangwinn
Mar 25, 2018

Tangy is the daughter of a light-colored mother who has fathered several children, each with a different father. Although no longer wanting to serve as a maid in a white family’s house, she forces Tangy and her older sister into prostitution to support their brothers and sisters. Filled with sadness most often caused by the mother’s insanity, Tangy still hopes she will graduate from high school and find a peaceful life for her and her younger sisters. Poignantly written, this story shows how determination and stubbornness help people survive in a life in which they have no control.

ontherideau Mar 09, 2018

I almost put this one down, the beginning is grim. After reading reviews I was compelled to give it a chance. The story is murky, sort of what the back story would be to some horrific item on the news. Decisions we make day to day, they can change life.

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bibliomum
Feb 16, 2018

So much unfolds with each page. Highly recommended!

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B00ksRcool
Feb 15, 2018

This book paints lower class people as very shabby, driven only by emotions. No hope, the past always haunting them.

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BogartBlue23
Jan 25, 2018

It's official. I'm going to have to start keeping track of my all-time favorite read in 2018, because this book takes that, and it's going to be hard to beat. Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore is vivid, heartbreaking, thrilling, and everything in between. A tragedy that examines humanity. Recommended to all.

coloradobuck Jan 22, 2018

If you aren't scared off with a book that starts with a suicide, which was intriguing, then this is a great read. The author did a good job at interweaving the characters' story lines and their interconnectedness to each other throughout the book. Loved the local Denver references as well.

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auntbea3
Dec 31, 2017

This is a terrific book - wonderfully well written, with a great, twisty story and characters who seem real and alive. It's his first novel - I hope he writes many more.

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Reads_A_Lot
Dec 26, 2017

A cleverly written book-themed mystery. Dark and sad, but also a bit quirky. Definitely geared towards book lovers with a librarian, a book seller, the book frogs, and bookish puzzle clues left by the victim. An interesting and engaging debut by this author.

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laphampeak
Dec 25, 2017

A well formed story about a murdered family twenty years ago. The characters are interesting and the reader is introduced to them in the previous time, the time of the murders, and how they each live (or not) in the present. What really did happen? Couldn't wait to find out.

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wolfman_0
Dec 13, 2017

Terrific book! Suspenseful, excellent character development and great mystery not unfolding until nearly last page. Don't miss it.

Richard Milbrodt

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