Book Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

The story follows Lydia, a thirty-something woman working at Bright Ideas, a bookstore/haven for the misfits of Denver affectionately known as the Bookfrogs. .

One night Lydia discovers that Joey, a lonely young Bookfrog, has killed himself in the bookstore. This is shocking enough, but he’s also left behind a trail of clues for Lydia to follow—messages that lead back to a secret Lydia’s been keeping since she was ten years old.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book! The writing is crisp, the characters and setting are vivid, the mystery unwinds at a satisfactory pace. I loved that the author used books and bookstores and libraries throughout the novel, and explored the idea that books can either bring people together or promote isolation.

Recommended for readers who enjoy mysteries, books about bookish things, and smart writing. (Side note…despite the grim topic it’s not a terribly dark read—no nightmares for me!) Let me know if you’ve read it!

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