Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore Matthew .J. Sullivan

I was drawn to Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore due to its name to be honest, as Bibliophile I can not say no to a book that revolves around a bookstore.


Midnight at the Bright Idea Bookstore follows Lydia Smith, a clerk at the Bright Idea Bookstore, she lives a quiet life hoping not to be noticed. This changes when one of the regular customer of Bright Idea Joey kills himself in the store and Lydia finds his body.  Lydia has careful crafted life surround by books, her eccentric colleagues and the lonely regular customers, but when Joey leaves all his meagre worldly possessions he leaves Lydia clues to why he killed himself. As Lydia unravels his last messages to her, she find herself unearthing secrets from a tragedy from her own childhood. Now Lydia as to figure out how Joey death connects to the murder the Hammerman. 


This book took me by surprise, I didn’t expect the twist and turns that happened, the book went into a direction that I would never of guessed.

I really liked Lydia as a character, she is shy caring bookworm, whose life revolves around the Bright Ideas Bookstore (A Bookstore I would love to visit) Lydia would be someone I would like to be friends with.

This book is wonderfully written, its intertwined Lydia past and present into a story that you wont want to put down. The book has a good amount of mystery and a little bit of heart breaking to make it a great read.

I did like idea of hidden messages left in a book, it was a very inventive way of leaving secret messages, although I don’t think I could that to a book myself.

In conclusion.

I would recommend this book if you like;

  • Mystery books
  • Books that are about bookstores
  • Not a standard mystery book

This book may not be for everyone but I enjoyed reading about another Bibliophile, and  how important books can to a person.

I give this book, 4.1 out of 5.


If you would like to find out more about the author Matthew J. Sullivan click HERE.

Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book to review.

Thanks for reading

Gem x


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