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Matthew Sullivan's MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE- Mystery and a Bookstore—Yes, Please!

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

Book Cover of Midnight At the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

I am coming at you with another backlist title that I REALLY enjoyed! Matt Sullivan's Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a treat. Oh, how I want to work at the Bright Ideas Bookstore! I saw this book recommended by one of the bookish bloggers I follow on Instagram way back, and I loved the cover. Also, I just loved the name of the book. Throw in the review I read, and this book was a must read for me. Luckily, my library had it, and I was number one in line, so I was able to get it pretty quickly. Whew! I loathe waiting on a book I am anxious to read. (Plus, I am *trying* (wink, wink) not to buy books for a little while, but it is so hard.)

Anyhoo...back to this book...

The protagonist in this story, Lydia, a bookseller at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, has a mysterious past. When Joey, one of the intriguing Bookfrogs who frequents the bookstore, dies, it is up to Lydia to piece together what has happened and why.

I don't want to give much more of a plot summary because you just have to read it. The less you know going in, the better.

I loved this book. It is a twisty mystery, and it is plot driven; however, unlike a lot of suspense books I read, this book has well-developed characters, a colorful setting, and a lot more literary merit than I usually find in this genre. This is not to say it is not a page-turner, because it is. This book combines everything I love in a book—characters who have depth and are worth rooting for, an interesting backdrop for the story, and an immersive plot that kept me guessing. The only thing I can say that is at all negative is that I was left wanting to know more about the Bookfrogs, the group of social misfits who find solace and camaraderie in the bookstore. (Don't worry—you will learn a little more about the Bookfrogs in the first few chapters of the book.)

So, if you like a twisty mystery, a book set in a bookstore with lots of bookish intrigue, this is the book for you.

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