Series: In a Fix #3
Published by Tor on May 12, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix.
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.
Fun and quirky, THE BIG FIX wasn't exactly what I expected it was going to be. This urban fantasy series is so different than any other out there right now that I would read it solely for that reason. Luckily, it's got a good story and characters to root for, making it a fresh, worthwhile read in a sea of books that start to feel similar after a while.
Having read IN A FIX, but skipped QUICK FIX, I was concerned I wouldn't be up to date enough on the series, and it wouldn't be enjoyable. Luckily, THE BIG FIX is readable without having any background in the series. If anything, the only confusion I had on occasion was over the numerous secondary characters. Otherwise, it's easy to jump right in with this one.
At times, THE BIG FIX felt like a mystery with some urban fantasy aspects tacked on. This is definitely one to recommend to your mystery reader friends who insist they want nothing to do with your werewolves or vampires. No paranormal creatures in sight here - just some aura adapters who stay solidly human the whole time. I personally loved the mystery aspects, despite not being a mystery reader myself- I thought it was balanced nicely with the personal relationship issues of Ciel, making neither too much the focus of the story. Since there aren't any werewolf packs to fight or demons to dispatch, the problems Ciel faces are totally human in nature, which is another way this book is unique.
With such different cover art than the first two books, it's clear Tor is looking for the right readership for THE BIG FIX. Since it's got a little bit of everything - a little romance, a little mystery, a little urban fantasy, I do believe this book has something for everyone. Hopefully we'll get to see Ciel again in the future - I'd love to see what trouble she gets into next!Series Titles:
- In a Fix
- Quick Fix - 4/5
- The Big Fix