"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 the New York Times Bestselling Beautiful Ruins
“Sullivan’s debut is 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 French Bistro, and the New York Times Bestselling The Little Paris Bookshop
* An IndieBound Indie Next pick.
* A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
* Goodreads' Debut Author of the Month.
* A Library-Reads pick.
* Tattered Cover Book Store's Very Impressive Book (VIB) pick.
"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 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
“Personally, I couldn’t resist Matthew Sullivan’s Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, an appealing first novel....The oddball characters and layered plot make this puzzle mystery both charming and challenging.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“A strong debut. . . powerful, intricate tale of broken friendship and family loyalties.” —The Seattle Times
“Twisty and dark, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a remarkable debut that will leave readers unsettled and probably yearning to pay a visit to their local bookstore.” —BookPage
“Shocking, charming and thrilling . . . With compelling characters and rich descriptions, Sullivan’s writing is spot-on. Sullivan nails it, delivering a captivating conflict plus masterfully executed prose.” —Associated Press
"An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout." —Kirkus Reviews
“Quirky characters and a keen sense of place distinguish this multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal . . . inventive and intricately plotted.” --Publishers Weekly
“This quirky debut novel will have particular appeal for puzzle solvers and booklovers.” —Booklist
“Though darker than other beloved novels set in bookstores, this story will appeal to fans of Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Katarina Bivald’s The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Mystery readers will also appreciate the clever connections between the characters and the crimes.” —Library Journal
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Story: Roxane Gay recently selected my short story, "Little Men," for inclusion in The Masters Review anthology, Volume VI, being published this fall.
Essay: The Sunday New York Times recently published HOW TO STOP BREAKING UP, an essay I wrote for their MODERN LOVE column.
Podcast Interview: A fun and in-depth chat with David English of David's Book Talk.
A blog piece for The Page 69 test for the Campaign for the American Reader.
Recommended reading: I wrote a guest piece for "What They're Reading" on BookPage.
Radio Interview: Recently broadcast on Colorado Public Radio: HE WORKED AT THE TATTERED COVER. NOW HIS NEW MYSTERY IS BASED THERE. Click to listen.
Recent: A few recent publications: "Indies to Die For" in THE STRAND MAGAZINE; a piece about getting a bookstore job in SHELF AWARENESS; TWO DECADES OF READING BESIDE THE WOMAN I LOVE published in LIT HUB, and interviews in THE BIG THRILL (with E.M. Powell); in THE QWILLERY; in TRUNK SPACE; and as GOODREADS Debut Author of the Month.
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