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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

af Matthew Sullivan

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"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."--… (mere)
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Enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down. Likeable (and unlikeable) characters are pretty well developed. Different than most "who done it" books. ( )
  purple_pisces22 | Mar 14, 2021 |
I listened to this book. The narrator (Madeleine Mary) was horrid. She made all the male parts sound like cave men. I loved the story. ( )
  MarlaBurr | Mar 14, 2021 |
'Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore' is an interesting read and debuted book and mystery. I loved the first quarter of the story; I thought it was witty and engaging, with incisive detail and surprises. Then, somehow, it changed. I got bogged down with Lydia's interior thought of little interest to me. The rendering of side characters became pretentious. By the time it snowballed to the ending, it was contrived and disappointing.
I got the plot twist before reading it. For the most part, the writing was engaging. At times, it was almost poetic. Denver is so beautifully described that I felt I was there as I was reading. The writer succeeded in creating the wintry city's atmosphere during the night with its bright lights and dark corners. The bookstore also came to life, so the setting was tangible and familiar.
The ending in the epilogue was weak. It should have explored more about the immediate after-effect of all the drama.
TW: Suicide, physical & emotional abuse, cheating ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Mar 6, 2021 |
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore evokes pain and suffering and sadness.
The story begins with a terrible death of one of the dispirited customers. Joey Molina hangs himself in the bookstore just before closing time and of course, Lydia Smith finds Joey. In Joey’s pocket, Lydia finds a picture taken at her 10th birthday celebration. Why does Joey have this picture? Lydia begins her search that began 20 years ago when her best friend, Carol O’Toole, and her parents were brutally murdered with a hammer and Lydia remained hidden under the kitchen sink. The symbolism of broken hands surfaces with David, Lydia’s boyfriend, and his hand partially chopped off by the garbage disposable and with the boiled in hot oil of Maya Patel, Raj’s mother, hand. The amazing quest of Joey to mislabel and encode books to express his journey to find his birth mother. The story shows the troubling misconception of the poor, of the drug dependent, and of troubled souls. Lydia displays that overcoming your situation remains probable. The ending comes as a surprise. ( )
  delphimo | Jan 25, 2021 |
Great story, horrible narrator ( )
  naoph | Jan 1, 2021 |
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"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."--

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