Book Review- Deep Fried and Pickled

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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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“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.”
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What a fun read! Poor Rachael, just trying to enjoy her freshman year of college and getting involved in all these hi-jinks! This book is fun, but also includes suspense, mystery, romance. Basically anything you might want. Now, I have to admit that since I was younger during the time that this book is set in, I had questions such as, “Were jelly shoes really already out of style by 1986?” Guess what? The author included some notes at the very end that answers to a few questions, including this one! There were a few times when I felt that there was too much emphasis on Rachael’s goals of partying and men. That wasn’t what I was focused on in college, but I suppose it could be very true for others. I thought the “Note to Self” at the end of every chapter was a cute addition. I plan to check into the rest of the books in this series and see what Rachael gets herself into next.

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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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.




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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. sharon martin

    Sounds like she has a full on life! Gosh I remember jelly shoes, I still see them about sometimes lol x

    1. elusiveredtiger

      I kind of miss them myself,but they got so sweaty!

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