Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club

Cleveland Park Library

Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club

July Selection

Join us on Thursday, July 5 to discuss Matthew Sullivan's Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore which Kirkus described as, "An intriguingly dark, twisty story and eccentric characters make this book a standout."

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore 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.  Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. When Lydia flips through his books, she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. 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.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, except December, 6:30 pm, at Teaism, 8th and E Streets, NW, lower level.  For more information, contact or call 202-282-3080.
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