A Whipped and Sipped Mystery: Book 1
When Whipped and Sipped Café proprietor Alene Baron finds a dead body next door, she calls the police and dashes home — to make soup for her family. Alene is 38 and divorced, living in a Chicago high rise with her father and children. She wonders if the murderer is an ex-spouse, a neighbor, or one of her employees. Then someone batters two more people who are connected to the café. There’s another mystery, closer to Alene’s heart: Is the lead detective going to take her seriously?
A Whipped and Sipped Mystery: Book 2
When the owner of the business next door is found dead in his office, Alene Baron’s first feeling is relief. She’s been suspicious of the food supplements her neighbor has been selling, not to mention the smoothies he’s been hawking, which are much inferior to the ones Alene sells in her cafe. Plus, Stanley Huff never cleaned up his garbage in the alley they shared. As a sexual harasser and shady businessman, Stanley had enemies. One of Alene’s favorite employees is a suspect. And now that employee is missing.
A Whipped and Sipped Mystery: Book 3
Even a worldwide pandemic can’t keep a woman like Alene Baron down... nor from finding herself in the middle of a murder investigation. While she has to get creative to keep the Whipped and Sipped Café going during the COVID lockdown, that is nothing compared to figuring out the real story about a dead body found in a burnt-out building in her neighborhood. Red herring might not be vegan, but it does seem to be the order of the day.
Books by G. P. Gottlieb
Praise for the
Whipped and Sipped Mysteries
Five Directions Press
The action in Charred begins immediately. As if she doesn’t have enough to contend with, Alene agrees to drive Kofi and his girlfriend Kacey, both of whom are her neighbors as well as members of the Whipped and Sipped Café staff, to the site of a recent building fire before she even prepares her family’s breakfast.
To be honest, when I was a good three quarters finished with the book, I began to think that there were too many threads and wondered if G.P. Gottlieb would tie them all together. And then suddenly, rather miraculously the author very neatly crocheted them all into a wonderful conclusion.
Once I started reading Charred: a Whipped and Sipped Mystery I found it difficult to put down. I became involved in the characters’ lives and what was going on with them. And I was trying to figure out the answers to some questions, questions that Alene also wanted the answers to, and she came close to losing her life while finding them out.
Teddy Rose Book Reviews
‘Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery,’ by G.P. Gottlieb is a thrill ride from page one all the way to the amazing recipes that are shared at the end! I loved the mystery in this book, and watching how it all played out really gave me a satisfying reading experience. I loved the cast of characters in this one. From Alene, the funny, kind, feisty heroine, to Kofi, the tall, kind friend whose girlfriend Kacey wants nothing more than to protect him.
A Room of Books
Charred by G. P. Gottlieb is frightful and fun. Aleene Baron is our main lady. She owns a cafe named "Whipped and Sipped." It's a small offshoot of the big city. When an awful crime takes place, Aleene, her staff and friends begin to ask questions. Kofi Lloyd is a friend and artist of Aleene's. He gives people a new way to look at the city through what he picks up on the street. He would not look at a paper plate in the same way as a passerby going to work or to a church. He makes of the city a Phoenix.
Bee Lindy of Book Pleasures.com
Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G.P. Gottlieb has everything that any good cozy mystery needs. It has a fun setting, a tough, but ultimately vulnerable heroine, and, of course, a mystery.
This mystery takes the form of a dead body that gets found in the shell of a burned down building, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start back at the beginning.
Suzie M (My Tangled Skeins)
From what I can tell, this is the third book in G.P. Gottlieb's 'Whipped and Sipped,' series, and I am only mad that no one told me about these books sooner! This series is right up my alley, and if you love cozy mysteries with a little romance and baked goods, it will be right up your alley, too!
Lesley Storey, Storeybook Reviews
I always enjoy going back to Chicago and the Whipped and Sipped Cafe. While not a vegan, I can appreciate all of the dishes that are created here by the talented pastry chef Ruth, who is also Alene’s best friend.
CHICAGO WRITER’S ASSOCIATION – Windy City Reviews
Gottlieb weaves a world where neighbors in a Lakeview apartment building have grown up together and shared a lifetime of secrets.
Midwest Book Review of SMOTHERED: A Whipped & Sipped Mystery
A delicious-sounding cafe sporting the name 'Whipped and Sipped' doesn't sound like its owner would be into solving a murder, but its neighboring gym owner is highly disliked in town, and his murder somehow comes as no surprise in Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery.
Midwest Book Review of BATTERED: A Whipped & Sipped Mystery
Fans of mystery stories which pepper recipes and food references into the overall saga will appreciate the focus in Battered, Book One of the 'Whipped and Sipped Mysteries' series which features Alene Baron, owner of the vegetarian cafe Whipped and Sipped. Forced to turn amateur detective when her friend is murdered, Alene finds herself moving from being the owner of a trendy Chicago neighborhood establishment to being an uncertain sleuth who faces personal danger from her investigation.
Carstairs Considers Reviews by Mark Baker
It’s always fun to find an author with her own twist on the genres I love. In this case, I’m talking specifically about Battered, the first Whipped and Sipped mystery from G. P. Gottlieb. It’s a culinary cozy, but the main character runs a shop that serves healthy treats.