Charred by G.P. Gotttlieb


 Charred: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery : Gottlieb, G P: Libros

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.

"Charred"  happens during a significant time. The Coronavirus, with its social distancing and masks is the new way of life for everybody. Whether believed or not, whether frustrated or not it is a part of daily living. While learning new rules about relationships and such, murder comes to this quaint, little town. What is interesting is that the victims are wearing her company's jackets, and their pockets are stuffed with  napkins from the Whipped and Sipped Cafe.

The crime is an eye opener. How safe are women in the big city? Are we still second class citizens? While trying to figure out whodunit, there is the realization that there are many characters in the mystery. The author has listed all important characters in the front of the book along with their jobs,etc. It doesn't take long to realize that Cal is Aleene's  father and Lydia is her sister.

In the end, the story wakes up our eyes  and feet. We want to walk through our city again. Probably, we will find treasure that we might have missed in times past. By the way, there are quite a few recipes at the end.


  1. I am so glad you enjoyed 'Charred'!

  2. Thank you so much! Sorry I didn't see this lovely review until now - gpg


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