Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
This is a book about love, love of books, family and belonging. Lydia, a 30-year-old bookshop worker, finds one of her favourite customers dead, hanging in the shop where she works, The Bright Ideas Bookstore, with a photo of her in his pocket. He has left her all his worldly belongings (which isn't much), and a series of complex clues for her to uncover the mystery of what has happened to him - and in doing so, she must revisit a trauma from her own past, a brutal murder she witnessed as a young girl, in which the killer was never caught.
"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 Walters, bestselling author of 'Beautiful Ruins' "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 'Crossing Places' "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, author of 'The Champagne Conspiracy'
Matthew Sullivan grew up in a family of eight spirited children in suburban Denver, Colorado. In addition to working for years at The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and at Brookline Booksmith in Boston, he has taught writing and literature at colleges in Boston, Idaho, and Poland, and currently teaches writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in the high desert of Washington State. He is married to a librarian and has two children and a scruffy dog named Ernie.