Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

By Matthew Sullivan. When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. 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’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for 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 and will keep you guessing until the very last page.?

A Great Reckoning

Great reckoningReceiving a mysterious old map that has been found stuffed in the walls of a bistro, former Quebec homicide investigator Armand Gamache follows clues to the site of a dead Sûreté academy professor and an unlikely cadet with whom he is implicated in a murder case. By the award-winning author of The Nature of the Beast.

Leaving Time

Leaving TimeBy Jodi Picoult
Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (“The Boston Globe”). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet–a book unlike anything she’s written before.

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

First ImpressionsBy Charlie Lovett

A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the “New York Times “bestselling author of “The Bookman’s Tale”
Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his “New York Times” bestselling debut, “The Bookman’s Tale.” Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.
Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of “Little Book of Allegories “by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true
authorship of “Pride and Prejudice”–and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.
In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth–while choosing between two suitors–and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

 

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