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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore - Matthew Sullivan

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore - Matthew Sullivan

These books are from an exclusive numbered edition of only 150 copies.

Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Author:  Matthew Sullivan

ISBN:  9781785151422

Weight:  835g

Numbered, dated and doodled signed first edition, first printing



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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

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, Lydia’s life comes unglued.  Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has inherited his meagre worldly possessions.  Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely 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.

Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu.

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, it’s his favorite store clerk who must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel.

Peer & Press Reviews

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, author of The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries

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, author of Beautiful Ruins

A page-turner featuring a heroine bookseller who solves a cold case with clues from books – what is not to love?

Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition background:

A leading London bookshop issued this numbered edition of only 150 copies.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book number 30 [of 150]
Overall condition: Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Dated: 25-8-17
Doodled with: A small light bulb [to echo light bulbs printed on cover and free endpapers]
Book Stats
Publisher: Cornerstone
Imprint: William Heinemann
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9781785151422
ISBN 10: 1785151428
Format: Hardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Pages: 326
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover design: Lauren Wakefield
Interior design: Kyle Kabel
Cover images: Getty

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