Tasty Reviews!

Whipped into a frenzy, these readers say the sweetest things.

Tasty Reviews!

Whipped into a frenzy … these readers say the sweetest things.

A delicious read!

Alene Baron and her college roommate Ruthie own a popular café in Chicago. They live in a building where residents have been connected- by blood, by marriage, by multiple divorces and/or by proximity, residing down the halls. When Alene’s beloved neighbor dies, and then another tragedy occurs, the stew heats up. Which person among the motley cast of characters peppering the book, is responsible? Alene frantically mentally cooks up the possibilities as each chapter serves up unique dishes. Combine Agatha Christie suspense, creative James Beard recipes (with ingredients thoughtfully listed at the end of the book) and the requisite spicy romance, and readers get treated to a savory debut mystery, one that offers tantalizing food for thought and nourishes the body too.

Dr. Janet Belsky, author of Experiencing the Lifespan, The Psychology of Aging, and The Adult Experience

Like spending time with a warm, witty, snarky friend

This book felt like spending time with a friend…a warm, witty and snarky friend. The pacing was brisk, the story was fun and the mystery was surprising. I’m looking forward to trying the Dijon Pistachio Fish recipe.

Yoga Momma

Clever, Creative, Captivating

Cozied up with this witty gem that kept me guessing, and now I can’t wait to recreate Gottlieb’s delicious-sounding healthy recipes for dips and desserts.

Rebecca

Mouthwatering morsels plus murder!

Alene Baron’s vegetarian bakery/cafe Whipped and Sipped is a hub of community activity–not always the kind Alene wants to see. Friends and neighbors wander in, a friend wants her to hire his son. There is some much going on, and so many characters it’s hard to keep track. Home isn’t much different. Her busy apartment in Chicago is home to Alene, her three children, and her father Cal. There are neighbors across the hall and down the hall, some have married and divorced each other and taken up with new people. Folks wander into her apartment and out. Again, it’s hard to keep track.

And then there is a murder. Right in the apartment building, as fate would have it. And everything and everyone suddenly come into focus. The reader realizes there are probably 20 red herrings running around, and one of them is the murderer.

Alene has been divorced for a while and would love to meet someone interesting. Enter detective Frank Shaw. He gets her attention, but will she get his? What about the memorial for the deceased? And who’s doing what? Alene finds herself babbling every time she sees Frank. Her mouth moves way faster than her brain sometimes, but she’s no idiot and she’s going to find a killer. Just wait and see.

In this fun and fast-paced debut novel, G.P. Gottlieb breathes new life into the traditional cozy mystery. Plus there’s the food–mouthwatering morsels coming at the reader from every direction. You’ll want to read Battered, and look forward to more from this new author!

Judy Nedry, Author of the Emma Golden Mysteries

Friends and Neighbors Are Suspects

Alene has a complicated life. When a body is discovered, the many friends, neighbors, and coworkers in her life are on her suspect list. Now that I have gotten all the characters sorted out in my mind, I can see the clues of the answer to the mystery. I will be reading G. P. Gottlieb’s next work because I did like Alene’s character and her Whipped & Sipped.

Dorothy S.

Can a cafe owner find a murderer?

Alene runs a nice cafe, Whipped and Sipped. She purchased it from Gary Vanza, who sold it to her undervalue with some stipulations. She must employe his sister Edith and his daughter Kacey. Both who have their own issues. After picking up Brianne Flynn at the airport, they find Gary’s body in her apartment. He is dead. Now, who would want to kill Gary? He was always helping everyone and was well-liked. Could it have something to do with Brianne’s husband’s death eight years earlier? Surely not, he died of a heart attack! Then who and why? You will have to read the book to find out. I received a free copy of this book from Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Bev

What a fun book!

Battered is an interesting, fast-paced read, in addition to containing some yummy, healthy recipes. It was fun to read about familiar Chicago neighborhoods and happenings.

The importance and benefits of close female friendships are emphasized throughout the book. Alene and Ruthie are especially the kind of women everyone would wish to claim as friends.

Helen P.

a whipped and sipped murder

Alene Baron is a thirty-something-year-old divorced woman with three young children. She has moved into her father’s lakefront high rise and after years has purchased the Whipped and Sipped Café. When a neighbor is found dead in another neighbor’s apartment, Alene is simply baffled but is determined to find out whodunit.

A week later, another neighbor is found battered and someone close to Alene is found holding the gun. Things are not adding up and before she knows it, Alene finds herself face-to-face with a murderer. Can her best friend Ruthie decipher the code words to rescue Alene in time?

This is a culinary cozy mystery with a great cast of quirky characters, lots of twists and turns, and a long list of potential suspects to keep you guessing as to whodunit.

suzybee30

Snappy dialogue, delicious food, and a whodunit. What’s not to like?

I am a guy, and not a regular reader in the culinary mystery genre. I’m generally turned off by any novel that has a cozy-looking kitty on the cover. This novel, however, is different. It takes place in an apartment building in an urban neighborhood, and follows the travails of a single mom and business owner who starts putting two and two together, even while her hands are full with baking yummy treats and being a hero of the Sandwich Generation. The dialogue is well crafted, the characters are vivid, and the plot, though complex, unspools in front of the reader, through the eyes of Alene, the main character. She is hard on herself while being patient with others. But a saint she ain’t. I like this book, and recommend it.

Mr. Gobley

A great mystery

I love this book and the characters! Arlene is a wonderful amateur sleuth and chef with her wonderful and healthy recipes. I loved the action and could not put it down. I am looking forward to the next book.

Patricia Eroh

Delightful Mystery

G.P. Gottlieb’s Battered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery was a delightful read peopled by eccentric characters seen through the eyes of Cafe owner Alene Baron. Alene’s caring curiosity fuels her quest to figure out who was responsible for murdering her neighbor. The author was able to provide several suspicious candidates without revealing the criminal until the end. Alene’s quirky neighbors, employees, and friends should provide entertaining fodder for future installments. I’m hoping to read more about her burgeoning love interest, Detective Frank Shaw. By the way, recipe #16 for the carrot top dip is delicious!

Arna

A fun read with great recipes!

GP Gottlieb has whipped up quite a mystery with her first novel, Battered. The recipes are absolutely delicious (especially the dips and orange poppyseed muffins)! I have never read a “cozy mystery” before, and feel like I’m off to a great start with Battered. There is plenty of suspense without all the gore, and a neighborhood of fascinating characters. So who did it? You’ll have to read to find out!

Can’t wait to read more from GP Gottlieb, and hopefully Alene’s adventures will continue. Series, please?

Thalia Bruehl

Perfect weekend read that’ll have you whipping up healthy treats in the kitchen!

Perfect weekend read! I love cozy mysteries and this one was delightful. While reading I felt like I knew the characters and as though I was visiting Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood! I was pleased with the recipes too! This book would be an excellent feature on my favorite local tv show Dinner and a Book where they discuss favorite books and make food from the stories!

Lydia A. M.

Cozy culinary mystery–with great, healthy recipes!

Who wouldn’t want to read a cozy mystery set largely in a colorful café and full of quirky characters, wit, and actual (healthy! yet delicious!) recipes? Moving at just the right pace, with numerous possible suspects, keeping the reader intrigued, guessing, and in sympathy with its cook, café co-owner and amateur sleuth heroine, the book delights. Lovable Alene, the mother of three who parents as best she can in the tug-of-war with her annoying ex-husband, adores her best friend, and can be snippy and inappropriate—the latter especially when she conceives a crush on the presiding detective–always amuses.

Neil Blackadder

Witty, Well-written and “Can’t Put it Down” Mystery

I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the Whipped and Sipped series. I was pretty certain I knew what was going to happen, even with so many twists, but I was proved wrong when the murderer was revealed. Also loved the names of the characters and my husband and I are going to go through the recipes and decide which ones to make. The author must be some amazing cook just like Alene!

Marla L

Start of something big

G.P. Gottlieb has nailed it. The characters are realistically fleshed out and the narrative works perfectly. She gives just enough information that you suspect everyone, and yet when the perpetrator is revealed, you realize that the contextual details were the real clues and the perpetrator’s identity makes total sense. I can’t wait for Alene Baron to become the Jessica Fletcher of Lakeview!

Ex-Dancer

Alene and Ruthie have always dreamt of working together in the same café, ever since they became friends at college and it was a dream come true when Gary decided that he was going to retire and offered to sell the café to Alene. Now Alene is the owner and manager, dealing with all the admin and nitty gritty and Ruth, the pastry chef, creating mouth watering vegan and vegetarian food to tempt their patrons. Alene knew that Gary had sold the café to her at a lower price with a proviso that she employed his daughter Kacey and sister Edith but it was still very generous of Gary to do so, but then that was Gary – kind helpful, cheery and much loved by everyone. Even by each of his 3 wives and their children. And the neighbours. And Alene’s Dad and kids. And Gary’s golfing buddies. And the people in the whole block that he lived in. So who would murder him?

A clever cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading. The characters are well rounded and very relatable to. I like the closeness of the relationship between the 2 friends, and I also like the fact that Gottlieb includes the cheek that the 12-going-on-to-52 year old Sierra gives to her mother and how despairing it can feel when Neal undermines the good work that Alene tries to do in bringing their children up.

Carol

Who wouldn’t want to read a cozy mystery set largely in a colorful café and full of quirky characters, wit, and actual (healthy! yet delicious!) recipes? Moving at just the right pace, with numerous possible suspects, keeping the reader intrigued, guessing, and in sympathy with its cook, café co-owner and amateur sleuth heroine, the book delights. Lovable Alene, the mother of three who parents as best she can in the tug-of-war with her annoying ex-husband, adores her best friend, and can be snippy and inappropriate—the latter especially when she conceives a crush on the presiding detective–always amuses.

Natania

I love a good culinary mystery, especially one that includes recipes that sound yummy (like this one has), but this book missed the mark in too many ways. The language seemed oddly stilted, with phrases that we wouldn’t typically use (like “Edith tightened her lips”–making me visualize Edith and a screwdriver!) and word choice that was meant to be strong (like action verbs) but was actually just wrong in the context or distracting because it was trying too hard. I felt like the author more often told us what was happening than showed us, creating a distance between the reader and the work. The book also started with a rather large information dump, and that is one of my big pet peeves about novels, and it seems to be particularly rampant in indie-published works. It needed firm-handed editors–developmental, line, and copy editors. The book did have issues with grammar, punctuation, and usage that were hard to overlook. But, at least, the recipes do look good.

Jamie Brydone-Jack