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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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.

Feb 16, 2018

So much unfolds with each page. Highly recommended!

Feb 15, 2018

This book paints lower class people as very shabby, driven only by emotions. No hope, the past always haunting them.

Jan 25, 2018

It's official. I'm going to have to start keeping track of my all-time favorite read in 2018, because this book takes that, and it's going to be hard to beat. Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore is vivid, heartbreaking, thrilling, and everything in between. A tragedy that examines humanity. Recommended to all.

coloradobuck Jan 22, 2018

If you aren't scared off with a book that starts with a suicide, which was intriguing, then this is a great read. The author did a good job at interweaving the characters' story lines and their interconnectedness to each other throughout the book. Loved the local Denver references as well.

Dec 31, 2017

This is a terrific book - wonderfully well written, with a great, twisty story and characters who seem real and alive. It's his first novel - I hope he writes many more.

Dec 26, 2017

A cleverly written book-themed mystery. Dark and sad, but also a bit quirky. Definitely geared towards book lovers with a librarian, a book seller, the book frogs, and bookish puzzle clues left by the victim. An interesting and engaging debut by this author.

Dec 25, 2017

A well formed story about a murdered family twenty years ago. The characters are interesting and the reader is introduced to them in the previous time, the time of the murders, and how they each live (or not) in the present. What really did happen? Couldn't wait to find out.

Dec 13, 2017

Terrific book! Suspenseful, excellent character development and great mystery not unfolding until nearly last page. Don't miss it.

Richard Milbrodt

Dec 07, 2017

Well paced, and engaging.

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