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Done Gone Wrong (Southern Fried Mystery #2)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  279 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The delightful Avery Andrews of Malice Domestic winner Southern Fried comes out of hiding to face a big-city trial--and finds unpleasant surprises…

A chance to be a part of a headline-grabbing case against a drug company has lured attorney Avery Andrews back to Charleston, South Carolina. She agrees to meet with Mark Tilman, a young doctor from her ho
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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P.J. Coldren
Aug 18, 2008 P.J. Coldren rated it liked it
Avery Andrews had a case blow up in her face, and she's been hiding out for a little while. Jake Baker has lured her back into a courtroom, on the side of the plaintiff, in a suit against a drug company who manufactured and marketed an antidepressant drug.
Seems a forklift driver with a bad history took his semiautomatic arsenal to work one day and killed a bunch of people, including himself. And the deepest pockets belong to the makers of Uplift, the drug that apparently didn't help one man.

Jun 16, 2008 Suzanna rated it did not like it
The best part of this book was the writer's style, and that she had obviously done her homework on FDA drug approval procedures. (I would hope so, since she teaches law and ethics at a university.) Otherwise, I was very disappointed.

The main character of the novel is Avery Andrews, who also starred in the other two books I read by Pickens, Hog Wild and Hush my Mouth. In those I liked her, but I had a lot of trouble with her in this one. She was painfully obtuse and unable to put two and two toge
Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I enjoyed this installment, but not as much as the previous books. I think because it wasn't set in Dacus but instead in Charleston.
That and the fact that the mystery involved mental health drugs and drug trials and since I work in the mental health industry, it wasn't exactly interesting to new to me.

I much prefer the smaller, more intimate stories that she set in Dacus.

The characters were as well written and I wouldn't mind meeting Det. Casper Kirland again but I am glad that I know she moves
Shonda Franks
Dec 01, 2016 Shonda Franks rated it it was ok
So far I am about 28% of the way through this book and my god is it so full of medical/pharmaceutical/lawyer jargon I am bored stupid. It is all I can do to make myself pick up this book and keep reading. Which is upsetting since the end of the year is coming and I pledged 100 books and have about 2 more to go to meet my goal. :(

Its 2 weeks later and i just finished this book. It took me a lot longer than it normally takes me to read a book. I found it boring and uneventful for the most part. I
Dharia Scarab
Jan 17, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jan 31, 2010 Marti rated it it was ok
The copy of the book that I read looked pristine--as if the previous owner who donated it to the book sale hadn't even read it. This is not a series that I would seek out. The lawyers, including attorney Avery (she is a woman) Andrews don't seem terribly sharp. The doctors in this story tend to be sleazy, and there is just an overall sense of good old boy syndrome--you might be a redneck if... It is probably never a good idea to sue a drug company--They have too much money so they can hire all k ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Genie rated it really liked it
Attorney Avery Andrews moves back to Charleston, South Carolina to be on the defense team for the family of a man who died while under the influence of a anti depressent drug. She has been contacted and agrees to meet with Mark Tilman, a young doctor who has questions about the studies this drug company is conducting. Unfortunately Mark is killed in an automobile accident before their meeting. She suspects he was on to something and his "accident" was staged to hush up his findings. Something ab ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
It had been a really long time since I read the first book, but that didn't seem to matter here, I got enough back story to know what was happening. Interesting legal mystery. Avery is a contradiction. She does some crazy things for a lawyer and seems a bit unaffected by her "accident". It was a bit weird with her in Charleston and the rest of her family having a side story in her small hometown. But the case against the pharmaceutical company was interesting (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Lois rated it liked it
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There is nothing wrong with this book. It was light and just what I needed after finishing two really heavy books. If you are into Southern mysteries with an easy plot, this is for you.

I won't rush out to read another Pickens book mostly because this is not my genre of choice for when I am looking for a light book. I am a romance reader, who was stuck for a book in a house with no romances.

Don't hold my prejudices against Cathy Pickens. She tells a good tale.
Sep 03, 2007 Cindy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: someone else!
Shelves: mysteries
I just couldn't get into this book. I think it was because the main character is a hotshot lawyer who is planning a big lawsuit, and I don't really relate to that at all. It's about a lawsuit against a drug company who make an antidepressant. Anyway, I got about 6 chapters in and decided I was wasting my time.

Aug 07, 2008 Ginger rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book Cathy Pickens has written. Did not know this when I bought the book but have since bought her first book. Characters are good...writing is entertaining, closing was good but not what you would expect and it basically is telling you there will be a 3rd book. She is a law professor from Charlotte. Definitely will be looking forward to the next book.
Jul 26, 2012 DonnaCarol rated it liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
The lead character in this series is a lawyer, so predictably there is quite a bit of legal detail. But, for me, it was just a little bit too much. Great detail into procedures etc. that bogged the story down a little for me. But other than that, I liked it well enough to read another in this series.
Jun 14, 2013 Silvio111 rated it liked it
Unfortunate title.
The main character has grown on me a bit. Less clumsy phonetic spelling of dialog than the first book in the series. The plot was better with this one, and I actually cared about most of the characters. This is not-quite-hard-boiled beige rather than Noir, but it's good light reading.
It took me awhile to get into this mystery. It starts with the main character Avery Andrews waiting in a restaurant for someone to show up. By the time I figured out the story plot, I was hooked. The courtroom scenes are interesting and as they say..."the plot thickens."
Jodi Heiner
May 04, 2008 Jodi Heiner rated it it was ok
This book was good enough to continue after the 100 page mark ( 100 pages is my limit on a book before I can stop reading it in hopes it will get better), however it is not good enough to pass along to my sisters so it will be going to the D.I.
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This is the second Avery Andrews mystery. Good, fast, entertaining read. I think she's trying to put too much into the book, though. I girued out the bad guy early on.
Mar 06, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
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Aug 12, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this book did remind me of my time in Charleston, the book itself did not hold my interest.
Nov 03, 2011 Erica rated it liked it
Don't judge a book by its cover--this definitely was not a cooking mystery (a cursing legal thriller instead)!
Sep 07, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I like this series okay. They are good filler books when I want something lite. This one did get a little tedious toward the end, but overall I like the characters.
Feb 12, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing
My first Cathy Pickens novel and my first "Southern" mystery. I greatly enjoyed reading this novel and getting to know the main character. I am looking forward to reading all of Cathy Pickens works.
Mar 24, 2009 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2009
Just didn't hold my interest. I really think this author's background does not support her desire to write madcap mysteries.
Oct 12, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Jun 28, 2013 Kbertram rated it liked it
A mystery that was easy to put down, but it was still an enjoyable read.
Another installment done. The mystery in this book was better this time. Overall I liked this one better than the first, but it was still just okay. Took forever to finish it.....
Melissa Thrasher
Jul 29, 2012 Melissa Thrasher rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I'm a clinical research coordinator so this book was right up my alley! I really enjoyed this read and will be reading the rest in the series!
Mar 10, 2013 Joanie added it
Do not like this author.
Mary Lea
Jul 16, 2008 Mary Lea rated it it was amazing
I discovered this author while browsing at the book store. The stories take place in the south and I really enjoy reading them.
Aug 31, 2012 Shelly rated it did not like it
A book on my actual book shelf--completely unmemorable. I'll read it (or read again) and see if it's worth keeping.
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Cathy Pickens has been, under different names, a lawyer, a business professor, a university provost, a clog-dancing coach, a church organist / choir director, and a typist.

The most profound influences on her life have been her family, her faith, Nancy Drew, and Perry Mason. She grew up in a small town and, forced to move to "big cities" to support herself, first as a lawyer and then as a professor
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Southern Fried Mystery (5 books)
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