Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
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The characters in this novel were very well developed and fleshed out! I ...more
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 good feedback. And then sometimes, it's something intangible, like the cover design catches my eye, so it leads me to read the description, and I'm hooked.
This is the crazy way my mind worked when I deci ...more
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 murder from the past, a suicide in the present, and mysterious connections between all the characters, your intrigue and suspense spidey senses will climax. I found it on NetGalley and thought it sounde ...more
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 her in the upper level of the store that day. Lydia has her friendly BookFrogs who perch on chairs and seek out favorite niches within the shop on a daily basis. She loves the banter and the warmth of t ...more
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 trying to put the pieces of this mystery together. Loved every step of this journey.
There were so many moments I caught myself smiling, only to be brought to tears in the end. I am so sad it's finished! ...more
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 cured by daily visits to the bookstore where they often are lined up before the stores opening hour. I really liked Lydia’s character and all of her quirks. She has a tragic history that she hopes is left ...more
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 committed suicide. Poking up from Joey's front pocket was a picture of her as a child. It was a birthday picture of her when she was ten years old. This haunted her from her past. It reminded her of a terrible ...more
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 first-rate bookseller and friend to ALL who enter The Bright Ideas Bookstore, but....she has a haunted past....and after the tragedy of a troubled friend, she is left with a saddened heart and baffling mys...more
Ingenious! This book was everything I hoped it would be!
This book starts off on a shocking note, with the suicide death of Joey Molina. Joey hung himself right there in the Bright Ideas Bookstore and poor Lydia was the one who discovered his body.
For Lydia, Joey’s sudden death opens a Pandora’s box from her past. It all starts to unravel when her picture appears in the newspaper, and with the discovery she was ...more
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Club is this summer new star of the bookish mystery genre. For a novel that was first published only two months ago it got a lot of fans on Goodreads. Although I was reluctant at first to follow the buzz, I am glad I did because it was a fun read perfect for my summer vacation.
The main reason why this novel is so popular is that it seems to be written specially to tingle every book lover’s pleasure receptors. First of all, the main character is a bookseller with ...more
Once I opened these pages and delved into the story it spun me into a world of death, secrets and deceit.
I will never look at a hammer the same way again.
A surprisingly refreshing read. 4⭐
I confess to requesting this because what bibliophile can resist a cover with colorful books on it and a title indicating that the pages will turn a story inside an indie bookstore that’s open till midnight.
I knew almost nothing going in and did not read the preliminary book notes. I was kind of expecting a cozy corner book shop tale with lovable, quirky characters and that is exactly what I did not get.
What I got was a decidedly un-cozy tale of suicide, mystery, murder, more mystery, ...more
The majority of the story is told through the POV of Lydia, a 30 year old bookseller who witnessed the horrific “Hammerman” murders when she was 10 years old. The murders went unsolved, and Lydia’s survival story turned her into her a national sensation.
Fast forward 20 years later, and Lydia has done all she can to bury the past...until Joey, one of the r ...more
I can't believe this is a debut novel. It portrays itself as a mystery, but it's much more than that. Sullivan’s ability to describe chara ...more
Lydia Smith loves books, she always has. She also loves her job at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in Denver. The BookFrogs who patron the store everyday make her job that much more special. You know who they are... the down and out men and women who love to hang out at the store, to sit amongst the books, and talk to the clerks and other patrons and just chill.
One of her favorite BookFrogs is Joey. During the time that she has worked at Bright Ideas, she has gotten to know him quite well - o ...more
5 Shiny, Sparkling, and Bright stars from all of us!
When we first thought about reading Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore we wanted to read it with Kaceey and Lindsay, however, the timing was not on our side and we ended up only being able to read it with Kaceey. We really missed Lindsay on this one and wished it would've worked out for all of us.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is an intriguing, dark, clever, and one of the most ...more
Hard to classify this one because it mixes many different elements of the mystery genre. It starts as a puzzle mystery involving books and then turns into an exploration of the past of both the young man and Lydia's past. It is wel ...more
Matthew Sullivan’s debut novel begins in a place that probably all of us are familiar with: a bookstore. That haven from the outside world that offers us a way to bring some of that essence home with us to keep for our very own, and in the case of the Bright Ideas Bookstore in Denver, it offers a special sort of haven for Lydia’s BookFrogs, those patrons who come and settle in, read, on a daily basis. They’ve become part of the store’s ambiance.
And on this day, at the end of ...more
5 Shiny, Sparkling, and Bright Stars! Well that was one impressive and great read!
When I first noticed this book on my Goodreads feed and seen that cover and read that awesome title, I just knew it was a book that I would have to read with my Traveling Sisters right away and what an enjoyable reading experience this was! Our discussio ...more
my thanks to mr. sullivan. this was not a giveaway, but this was a glimpse back into my life in the metro area that more soothed than stung.
although it's not a traditional mystery, what are you trying to tell us, poor joey? in the end, true to his character, he was always hanging around the bookstore. lydia seemed to be the only one who really took to this introverted book frog (regular). and now he leaves her with this -
A young man named Joey commits suicide in the upper level of The Bright Ideas Bookstore at midnight one evening. Lydia, one of the booksellers who works there is close to many of the "Bookfrogs" the ones who hang around the store and read. Joey has bequeathed Lydia his belongings, as he has no family, including a lot of books that have been cut up to leave messages to her.
This is really good, in part a mystery, a little suspense, but also a story of friendship, sacrifice, and it's an emotion ...more
Quirky characters, a ...more
Lydia works at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in Denver. One day before closing the store she finds that Joey, one of the book patrons, has committed suicide in the back room, an event that saddened those who knew him. After Joey's death his possessions are given to Lydia who realizes that he left behind books with strange inscriptions in it. This is the beginning of the mystery as Lydia devotes herself to finding out more about the puz ...more
With as many mysteries as I read, I often figure them out far before the end. This book kept me guessing. It's cleverly written and hard to put down. I managed it in two sittings, but if life h ...more
The author writes well - nice prose and some great characters especially Joey who really deserved a much better time of things! Lydia was a bit of a saint but she had her reasons. The story was well thought out and I ...more
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"At the zoo? As in the zoo?"
"Joey liked to walk the zoo on free days. I didn't know where else to put him. I thought about leaving him on a shelf upstairs, with Flannery or Fante or Rimbaud. But I figured there were rules against leaving bodies in here."
"So I put his ashes in a duffel bag and snipped a tiny hole in the bottom and walked the length of the zoo. But I didn't make the hole big enough so there were these tiny pieces left over in the bag. I shook them into the grass. But then all the geese thought he was bread crumbs and started charging me. Horrifying, Lydia, the way they gobbled him up. A frenzy. Joey would've abhorred all the attention.”