Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G.P. Gottlieb
Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Setting – Chicago, Illinois DX Varos Publishing (February 21, 2023) Paperback : 320 pages ISBN-10 : 1955065675 ISBN-13 : 978-1955065672 Digital ASIN : B0BLMFHSQX Print length : 254 pages
Alene Baron is dealing with frustrated employees, closed schools, and a homeless man who harasses customers outside the door of her café. Then, two dead bodies turn up in the burned remains of buildings owned by the husband of Alene’s best friend and pastry chef, Ruthie. Both bodies are wearing jackets that once belonged to Ruthie and crumbled in the pockets are the café’s distinctive wrappers. At the same time, Alene’s uncle, a convicted felon, has resurfaced after disappearing for 22 years. It’s all too much for the owner of the Whipped and Sipped Café.
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Edith’s 40th Anniversary at the Whipped and Sipped Café
Dear Alene, I tried to interview Edith, and maybe you can find something of value in her answers, but I doubt it. And she wouldn’t let me take her picture either. Maybe you’ll have more luck. Old Aunt Edith is one huge piece of work. Here’s the interview:
Kacey: Good morning, Edith. Alene asked me to take a picture of you and ask a few questions in honor of your 40th anniversary of working here at the Whipped and Sipped Café.
Edith: It’s only been the Whipped and Sipped Café for nine years, since Alene bought it from my brother. Why isn’t she asking me herself? Also, why didn’t anyone tell me I was getting photographed?
Kacey: I texted you about it last week, Edith, and again this morning.
Edith: I don’t read texts. Also, where is this interview going to be published? I don’t need the whole city of Chicago knowing my business. Just because I have no family doesn’t mean you should all try to gang up on me.
Kacey: No one is ganging up on you, Edith, and this is just to put up on the crimson wall to celebrate your 40 years of working here. Also, I’m your brother’s daughter – why are you saying you don’t have any family?
Edith: You did nothing but disappoint my brother when he was alive, and because of you, Alene and Frank nearly broke up.
Kacey: First, I didn’t know that asking Alene to keep a secret was going to jeopardize her relationship with Frank. Second, my father would be proud of me now. Third, are you saying I’m not family because you don’t approve of my previous life?
Edith: I never said that. You’re putting words in my mouth. I said you were a disappointment to your father when he was alive. And it feels like you keep being connected to murders.
Kacey: We’re all connected to murders, Edith, and Alene was forced to get involved, but more importantly, why you don’t accept me as family?
Edith: Everything isn’t always about you, Kacey.
Kacey: WHAT are you talking about? Do you hate me so much?
Edith: No, but your mother was mean to me and you look just like her.
Kacey: You’re mad at me because my mother was mean?
Edith: Also, you’re Alene’s pet employee so nothing anyone else does in this café is good enough.
Kacey: That’s ridiculous, Edith.
Edith: That’s what you all think of me, isn’t it? Ridiculous old Edith.
Kacey: I think you’re the person who’s worked here longer than anyone else and Alene wants to honor you by putting your picture on the crimson wall.
Edith: Maybe she’s just trying to embarrass me.
Kacey: Okay, we’re done here. I’ll let Alene figure out what to do next. Not like she has anything else to worry about.
Edith: That’s not my fault.
About G.P. Gottlieb
Known for her imaginative baking and fabulous dinners, G.P. Gottlieb was always an avid reader. She enjoyed several careers, but after recovering from cancer, turned to writing in earnest, melding two passions: nourishment for mind and body, and recipe-laced murder mysteries. She is also the host for New Books in Literature, a podcast of the New Books Network.
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2 thoughts on “Charred – A Whipped and Sipped Mystery by G. P. Gottlieb”
sounds like a good one
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Interesting preview of the book. Thanks for posting.
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