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Midnight At the Bright Ideas Bookstore

(2017)
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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).

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"There is a clever, erudite puzzle plot in this bookish mystery, along with whip-smart writing. Matthew Sullivan’s debut is stylish and entertaining." - Ellen Crosby

"This book ticked all the boxes for me: an engaging heroine, an intriguing premise, interesting characters and a plot that involved books, readers and the very darkest human passions. A fantastic, assured debut." - Elly Griffiths

"With Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Matthew Sullivan has written - with great panache and suspense - a smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore." - Jess Walter


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Used availability for Matthew Sullivan's Midnight At the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Hardback Editions

March 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78541-669-3 / 978-1-78541-669-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Thorndike Press large print core)
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-4328-4256-0 / 978-1-4328-4256-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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August 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78515-142-8 / 978-1-78515-142-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-5011-1684-3 / 978-1-5011-1684-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78541-675-8 / 978-1-78541-675-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78609-048-1 / 978-1-78609-048-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78609-015-5 / 978-1-78609-015-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-5011-1685-1 / 978-1-5011-1685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78515-143-6 / 978-1-78515-143-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Untitled
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-78089-739-1 / 978-1-78089-739-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Audio Editions

April 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
ISBN: 1-5082-8503-9 / 978-1-5082-8503-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel
Author(s): Matthew Sullivan
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA