Book Review & Giveaway: Deep Fried & Pickled by Paisley Ray



Paisley Ray books are not your typical fiction. A young woman’s plan for an art history degree turns into an outrageous series of misadventures in this laugh-out-loud romp about a girl who enrolls in a southern college during the height of the crazy era that was the 1980’s. This collection crosses genres of chick lit, mystery, romance, humor, and action with the possibility of a corpse or two. To date there are 8 novels in this humorous romantic misadventure mystery series with book #9 due to release spring of 2016.

It’s ’86, the era of Pop Rocks, Jelly shoes, and big hair rock bands. Rachael O’Brien’s freshman plan seems simple: Attend a southern college, earn a degree, party, and meet cute guys—hopefully acing the latter two.

But being threatened by a jealous She-Devil, avoiding the advances of a thirty-something redneck, and discovering an art fraud scheme thwart her “to do” list. On top of her troubles at school, Rachael finds herself forging a new relationship with her emotionally shaken father after Mom abandons the family to pursue a psychic calling.

Bad decision-making, law-bending behavior, and surprise romances make freshman year memorable in Paisley Ray’s DEEP FRIED AND PICKLED.

“I often get asked by readers what order THE RACHAEL O’BRIEN CHRONICLES books should be read in. Each book can be read without any prior knowledge of any of the others. That said, some readers do want to follow a chronological list of events in Rachael’s southern fried, 80’s college life antics so here it is”….. 

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My Review

I enjoyed listening to Deep Fried and Pickled. It’s technically a young adult mystery but the mystery is just a small part of the book.

Rachael O’Brien is from Ohio and is attending a college in the South. That hit home with me because my family moved from Chicago to Tennessee in the 70’s. Talk about culture shock! It has always interested me how different areas of the country have different slang words. Paisley Ray did a good job at using some of those. For example, how is Rachael supposed to know a BJ is Bartles & James?

The story is more about Rachael’s first year in college than it is a mystery. She quickly makes friends with some of the girls in her dorm. Some of the situations that they get into are hilarious. Poor Rachael has the goal of losing her virginity but something always seems to get in the way of that. 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a good job overall. I did have trouble telling two of the girls apart.

I recommend Deep Fried and Pickled to anyone who wants to read a feel good mystery based in the 80’s.


“Being a Southern girl and child of the 80s myself, I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the period references. Good plot without being too serious or watered down.”

“This fun and quirky mystery was very nostalgic for me as I got to relive the eighties through Rachael.”

“An entertaining read. Fresh new characters and some zany plot twists kept me reading late into the night.”
Above reviews from Amazon


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About the Author

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Paisley Ray, a steelworker’s daughter spent summer breaks with relatives on the Carolina shores. It didn’t take long for a love of southern to become rooted in her veins, and years later, yield the setting for her novels. Most days, Paisley can be found crafting the antics for the newest book in THE RACHAEL O’BRIEN CHRONICLES.

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One thought on “Book Review & Giveaway: Deep Fried & Pickled by Paisley Ray

  1. Sharon Martin February 25, 2016 / 7:16 am

    I think hubbie and I would definitely enjoy these.


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