Saturday, March 10, 2018

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan  328 pp.

Lydia "Smith" works at a bookshop near the Denver train station. When one of the store "regulars" a.k.a. the "BookFrogs" hangs himself in an upstairs room he leaves his meager personal possessions to his favorite bookseller, Lydia. Lydia soon finds herself in a mystery sparked by Joey Molina's puzzling items that were meant for her to find and figure out. She is shocked to discover a connection to her previous life as Lydia Gladwell, the young survivor of a bloody unsolved crime. What starts out as a simple story of a tragic friendship evolves into a full blown mystery with multiple victims and suspects. The author uses flashbacks to Lydia's childhood to expand the suspense. I picked this up because I enjoy stories involving bookshops and stayed for the mystery.

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