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"--
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501116841
Branch Call Number: FIC SULLIVA 2017
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 24 cm


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I discovered this intriguing novel through the WLA 2017 Conference Session "WA Do I Read Next?" as a novel written by a local author. It is full of intrigue and a bibliophile's attention to detail. I find it very similar to Robin Sloan's "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," not... Read More »

An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout. Bonus: A bookstore setting AND the author lives in Washington state.

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Nov 28, 2018

I enjoyed the book and believe its strength was in taking us into the world of bookstore personalities and quirky patrons. The author nicely integrated Denver settings into the story and kept up the who-done-it suspense until near the end. The ending didn't match the quality of the rest of the story, but overall, it earned a solid four stars.

Oct 31, 2018

There are certain engaging elements to this book. The setting reads as lived-in and authentic, though I've never been to Denver so I don't know if it lines up well to reality. The plot is compelling and the characters are intriguing. However, more than a few plot points feel either predictable, soap opera-y, or both. I enjoyed it well enough as a nice, light read in the mystery genre, but I don't think it fully lives up to the hype or feels particularly innovative.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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