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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Review

Happy Monday Everyone!

Who doesn’t love a book filled with mystery and a main characters backstory that comes to light? I know I love books that keep me intrigued and if they are filled with twists and turns it makes them even better. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan, has all the above and than some.

The description was taken from the Goodreads website:

“When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. 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.”

I don’t want to say too much about the story of the book, because I believe the description does a pretty good job, and I don’t want to accidentally ruin anything. I will say that I read this book in a week, and even stayed up late on Friday to finish it. This book is told from Lydia’s point of view and from her father’s point of view. When Lydia’s past is discovered this comes in handy because you get to see two points of view about one night, and also learn the truth in the process.

This book will leave you grasped within the story until it releases you slowly at the end. Although, I will admit when the bomb dropped I did not see it coming. You go on a twist and turn adventure where every turn leads you into another part of the mystery, and you will become so engrossed in the story that you will be staying up late to finish it!

Go solve a twisty windy mystery my fellow bookworms!

Midnight at Bright Ideas

12 thoughts on “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Review”

  1. Oooh this sounds really great! I’ve just checked the catalogue at my local library and it’s there on the shelf waiting for me to make an excuse to go into town. Awesome! And I love your photo! 😊

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      1. I picked it up from the library today! “Accidentally” broke my reading glasses, so HAD to go into town to get them fixed, and pick up the book in passing… hee hee 🤪

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      2. My husband has put bits of wood across the top of the wardrobe doors for extra shelves. Perfect for paperbacks. I have my Snoopy and Agatha Christie books up there. Although a bigger house sounds good too 😀

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