Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Matthew Sullivan
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Judging from the title, you might think that this is just another cute cozy mystery. You’d be wrong. This is a suspenseful crime novel with an intriguing premise and a clever puzzle to boot. The main character, Lydia, has had a difficult life but seems to have finally found her niche as a clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore in downtown Denver and a sense of normalcy with her live-in boyfriend David. Her coworkers are eccentric and the cast of lost and lonely regulars (affectionately referred to as Book Frogs) who spend their days among the books are even more eccentric.

One Friday night at closing, Lydia finds that a Book Frog named Joey has hung himself in the upstairs Western History section and her life begins to come unglued. She’d always had a protective fondness for the sweet but troubled young man and though she was his favorite bookseller, Lydia is shocked to find out that he has left his meager possessions to her. Most are headed for the dumpster, but a crate of books leads to a puzzle that sets Lydia on a path to her past – a past she has carefully concealed from those who know her and one she has no desire to revisit.

I found this book to be a page turner. The characters are compelling and the plot is twisty – I was never quite certain of the outcome until nearly the end. Highly recommended. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

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