My Favorite Murmuration of Blackbirds

G.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped series of cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her on her website, www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. I’ve always wanted to be in a gang, preferably one that wore t-shirts emblazoned with our name and a cool picture, so everyone would notice us hanging out together. Sadly, transfer students who join choir and work on shows, unless they look like Sandy in Grease, do not typically get invited in. Fast forward nearly half a century and my dream…

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G.P. Gottlieb says, “I’m an Unreliable Witness”

G.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped cozy mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website, www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. If I were called to the witness stand, I’d immediately admit that I made up the three mysteries I wrote and someone else published, without really knowing a single thing about solving crimes. Except for what I’ve read or seen on television, bad dreams that have kept me awake in the night, and a few insignificant brushes with bad guys, I am…

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G. P. Gottlieb on Imagining Mysteries Everywhere

G. P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped cozy mystery series. You can find out more about her on her website www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, see her last post here, and buy her books here. I didn’t always see evil lurking around the corner, but since I started writing mysteries, everyone where I go, including on vacations, I imagine an intricate plot, the arc of a story, and a satisfying ending in which world order is preserved.   Boxes at La Scala Strolling down a sunny street in Milan, passing fashionable people and color-of-the-season shop windows,…

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Ingredients for Good Characters with G. P. Gottlieb

G. P. Gottlieb has been baking in all kinds of ingredients for good characters in her Whipped and Sipped series. You can find out more about her on her website www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, or buy her books here. I’ve either left out something important or written incorrect measurements in nearly every recipe I’ve ever created. I’ve also neglected important information or made huge mistakes in the first draft of every novel I’ve ever written (three so far). Only my Live-In-Tester (aka Prof. Gottlieb) gets to taste my first attempt at a cake or…

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G.P. Gottlieb on if She Ever Owned a Café

G.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped series of cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her on her website www.gpgottlieb.com, or by clicking here, read her last post here, and buy her books here. On an overcast, breezy day about five years ago, I walked to a nearby café to meet a friend for breakfast. That café serves great almond croissants, but I usually enjoyed hot chocolate and a baguette with butter and jam. That day, the bass and percussion-heavy music was so loud and explosive, we couldn’t hear each other. If I ever owned…

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G.P. Gottlieb on Playing the Piano and Writing

G.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped series of cozy mysteries. You can find out more about her on her website, or by clicking here, and find her books here. This is her first post for the Blackbirds. G.P. Gottlieb at recital I loved playing piano as a kid, but when I got to the music school at Indiana University, it seemed like everyone else was a better musician. I still liked playing, but I started getting nauseated whenever I had to perform. Still, after I completed a degree in piano and psychology, I stopped playing. I…

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