Book Review: The Big Fix by: Linda Grimes

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients’ problems—as them—is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There’s only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn’t part of his career plan. 

Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn’t particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price—which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn’t count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder. 

Ciel begins to suspect Jack’s phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi—but if she goes to the police, she’ll have to explain how she knows he wasn’t really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime.

Review: THE BIG FIX is the 3rd full-length book in the ‘In a Fix’ series featuring Ciel Halligan, the aura adaptor. Ciel is in business for herself, using her chameleon-like abilities to project someone else’s aura to help her clients. This time, her boyfriend Billy has landed her a job with actor Jackson Gunn to do some scenes with snakes, using Jackson’s aura, due to Jackson’s snake phobia. However, Jackson’s wife is murdered and Ciel knows she’s Jackson’s alibi. Now Ciel has to use all of her abilities and all her resources to discover the truth. THE BIG FIX is a great chapter in Ciel’s story. I love the concept of aura-adaptors and Ciel’s family is beautifully close-knit and hilarious. There was a decent mystery, great dialogue, relationship drama, laughter, and a lot of fun in THE BIG FIX. I highly recommend this series, but you definitely have to start with book one!

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