Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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 whenLydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501116841
1501116843
9781501116858
1501116851
Branch Call Number: Mystery Sul
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 24 cm

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debs
Sep 19, 2018

If you do you want to wait to read this book, try a similar title and plot, The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson. Mostly a good read, a bit predictable toward the end.

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dhuli
Jul 25, 2018

Have no idea why this book gets such good ratings. A dreary read about dreary people's dreary unhappy lives. Gave it 1 star for the interesting plot idea of the coded messages but not a book that extends your vocabulary or your knowledge in any way. The supposed underlying psychology on which the plot hangs is thin.

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Sansha
Jun 12, 2018

I loved this book. It had all the elements I love. The setting was in and around a bookshop with bookish people. There was murder, suspense and intrigue. Together with a code made out of second-hand books, the book was fabulous.

JenniferG_OshLib Jun 11, 2018

For some reason I didn't expect this to be as much of a dark mystery as it was. Lydia was a very sympathetic, realistic character. There were a few elements of the story that were somewhat unrealistic and a bit too coincidental for me, but I was willing to overlook them. There's a sadness to this story that some may not enjoy, but that only lent to the realistic quality for me.

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dwlueth
Jun 01, 2018

I am a sucker for any book that takes place in this great state of ours. That is why I picked it up - and I am glad I did. I enjoyed this book a great deal. This is an incredible debut for this local author. I will keep my eyes out for other books that he writes.

Although this book was recently written the 'adult years' of the main character take place in Denver 30ish years ago. They never called out the year, but they mention LoDo before the baseball field. I thought it was a really interesting choice that provided a subtle details that I appreciated.

You would think a mystery that begins with a suicide in a bookstore couldn't get any more shocking than that, but this book had so many twists and turns I got whiplash. I'd finish a chapter and have to keep reading to find out what happens next.

JCLMelodyMK May 09, 2018

a very enjoyable book and quick read if you like cold cases with a lot of twists.

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brangwinn
Mar 25, 2018

Tangy is the daughter of a light-colored mother who has fathered several children, each with a different father. Although no longer wanting to serve as a maid in a white family’s house, she forces Tangy and her older sister into prostitution to support their brothers and sisters. Filled with sadness most often caused by the mother’s insanity, Tangy still hopes she will graduate from high school and find a peaceful life for her and her younger sisters. Poignantly written, this story shows how determination and stubbornness help people survive in a life in which they have no control.

ontherideau Mar 09, 2018

I almost put this one down, the beginning is grim. After reading reviews I was compelled to give it a chance. The story is murky, sort of what the back story would be to some horrific item on the news. Decisions we make day to day, they can change life.

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bibliomum
Feb 16, 2018

So much unfolds with each page. Highly recommended!

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