Serious Moonlight

Jenn Bennett

fiction contemporary mystery romance young adult
lighthearted mysterious medium-paced

426 pages | first published 2019

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

What the community thinks

summary of 507 ratings (see reviews)

Content warnings

Expand filter menu View warnings


emotional 66%
lighthearted 55%
mysterious 44%
adventurous 33%
funny 33%
hopeful 33%
inspiring 33%
reflective 33%
challenging 22%
informative 22%
sad 22%
tense 22%
dark 11%


medium 45%
slow 36%
fast 18%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 20% | N/A: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 10% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 70% | No: 30%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Average rating