Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

  • by Matthew Sullivan
  • Narrated by Madeleine Maby
  • 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, her 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 end.


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Denver, a book store and its people, a murder 2 decades in the haunting, a librarian, an exotic book puzzle, a book mobile to Breckenridge...snow. It sets a slow pace with lots of time for excellent story telling. Stick with it, relax as you listen and begin to wonder if anything is really going to happen. Happen it does! I really like this book. *Not cute, coy or cozy.
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- Donna

Grew up in Denver - loved this story!

I grew up in the suburbs of east Denver and lived there when the "Hammerman" murders occurred. It was terrifying within the community and the murders have never been solved after 33 years. The author uses the story of those murders loosely in this book, creating a complicated, yet realistic, story around the crime. I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the reference points of Denver and the bookstore. The narrator did a great job. I didn't see the twists and turns in the story coming at all.
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- Melissa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio