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When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this "intriguingly dark, twisty" (Kirkus Reviews) 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 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. "Both charming and challenging" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review), Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a "multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal...inventive and intricately plotted" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
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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 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....
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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 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. "Both charming and challenging" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review), Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a "multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal...inventive and intricately plotted" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
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        Sullivan’s solid first novel opens with 30-year-old bookseller Lydia Smith finding the corpse of Joseph Molina hanging from a beam in Denver’s Bright Ideas Bookstore. The lonely 20-something ex-con spent countless hours wandering the shop, but Lydia can’t fathom why he chose to commit suicide there—or why he died with a photograph of Lydia’s 10th birthday party in his pocket. Her confusion grows when she inherits Joey’s belongings and discovers coded messages addressed to her hidden inside his books. Lydia’s efforts to answer the questions surrounding Joey’s death uncover clues to a cold case from her own past—a household massacre that only Lydia survived. Flashbacks to Lydia’s childhood told from her father’s perspective help build the tension. Quirky characters and a keen sense of place distinguish this multigenerational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal. Sullivan’s writing occasionally calls too much attention to itself and a surfeit of coincidence strains credulity, but this inventive and intricately plotted mystery still largely satisfies. Agent: Kirby Kim, Janklow & Nesbit.

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        October 1, 2017

        Lydia and Raj were childhood best friends. Then Carol--who, at ten, was already an established troublemaker--makes Raj a third wheel, at least until she's brutally murdered with her parents. Lydia, in the house that night for a sleepover, survives by hiding under the kitchen sink. Two decades later, Lydia faces another horrific death--the suicide of one of the regular patrons of the Bright Ideas Bookstore, where she's been working. Lydia is the first to find Joey's body; in his pocket, she discovers a photo from her tenth birthday, which also happens to include Raj and Carol. How it got there is a mystery Lydia must solve--even at the cost of shattering her quiet, carefully controlled existence. Her answers come in books--Joey's books, in which he's left desperate, complicated cutout messages to be meticulously, ingeniously solved. Narrator Madeleine Maby replicates Lydia's restrained, even eerie calm, enabling the tension of must-know whodunit and whydunit to build expertly as didn't-see-that-coming layer after layer is revealed. VERDICT Maby's adroit narration provides Sullivan's debut quite the aural boost. ["Though darker than other beloved novels set in bookstores, this story will appeal to fans of Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Katarina Bivald's The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend": LJ 5/1/17 review of the Scribner hc.]--Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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      • content: Lydia is quietly working at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, still coping with the horrific event of her childhood--her escape from the murderer called "The Hammerman." Madeleine Maby's subdued narration enhances the dark mystery, adding tension to each suspenseful scene. She captures Lydia's range of emotions as another horrible event, the suicide of a bookstore patron, brings her childhood nightmare back to life. A puzzle left by the deceased reveals that, somehow, the two events are related. This time, however, Lydia is strong enough to seek out the answers and the people she's been trying to avoid for so many years. Maby's gripping narration combined with satisfying plot twists will keep listeners pleasantly on edge. M.M.G. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine
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