Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

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Read Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Online Free - When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who 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 McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s back 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.​

Title : Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
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ISBN : 1501116843
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Chelsea rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2017

Have you ever been scouring Goodreads and notice a particular book continues to pop up on your feed? Maybe it starts slowly, just a glance here or there, but then turns into a full blown case of THE book everyone has just finished reading. That’s what happened to me with Midnight at the Bright Id...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

July 25, 2017

5 Unexpectedly Wonderful Stars! I absolutely loved this little gem of a novel! I listened to the audio. The narrator didn't grab me at first but the story did and within a half hour of audio I was hooked! This novel is tough to describe because it's unlike anything I've ever read. I never expecte...

Larry rated it ★★★★☆

May 09, 2017

I'd rate this 4.5 stars. Nearly 5. How do you select the books you're going to read? Oftentimes I'm drawn to books written by authors I love (and sometimes I decide to give an author another shot), and other times I choose books and/or authors which have been hyped or those about which I've heard...

Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

This is a moving, multilayered, imaginative, brilliant, literary mystery novel set amidst the background of a bookstore, book lovers and books, set in Denver, Colorado. The compassionate and sensitive Lydia is a book clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore inhabited by her beloved bookfrogs. One nigh...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

March 03, 2018

3 out of 5 stars to Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, a new mystery and thriller novel set to release on June 13, 2017, by author Matthew J. Sullivan. Why This Book For all us readers, who wouldn't love a book with such a title? And when you read the description, learning about a horrific...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

April 21, 2017

How do you turn the page on one horrific, mind-shattering experience that locks into your psyche like handcuffs on a wayward criminal? Or in Lydia's case, make that two....... Lydia Smith works as a dedicated clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in Denver. And no one had any idea of what would await...

Kaceey rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

Wow! Can I give this 6 stars please!? This was the perfect book for a traveling sister read with my Canadian sisters Norma and Brenda!! We literally read the entire book together chapter by chapter chatting constantly! The author gave us so many paths to go down and yes, we ventured down each one...

Lindsay rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2017

4 stars! I enjoyed this unique and clever mystery revolving around a past crime which is slowly unraveled through clues within several books. The main character, Lydia Smith, works at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. Lydia gets to know all of the ‘BookFrogs’, the regular customers whose loneliness is c...

Mary rated it ★★★★★

September 25, 2017

Lydia Smith is a clerk at the Bright Idea Book Store. She loves her books and the BookFrogs. Joey Molina is one of the book frogs. One night Lydia finds Joey hanging in the air. A long strap was threaded over a ceiling beam and looped around his neck. Lydia was so upset, because Joey just committ...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

June 08, 2017

4.5 Stars! More than just your run-of-the-mill whodunit!When I first laid eyes on this book-cover, I knew I had to read it, but the shocker of a beginning that leads to an even bigger....much more intense....shocker along the way turned this DEBUT into a downright page-turner for me.Lydia is a fi...

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