Adventures in storytelling by Bob Rector

JUST ADD SALT by Jinx Schwartz

Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it!

A globe-trotting engineer with attitude, a penchant for trouble, and a yacht, Hetta is back, and this time she’s steering us into hot Mexican waters.

Miffed that vacation plans with her chronically absent boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins, have gone awry, she accepts a job in Baja.

So what, if she and her friend Jan are spectacularly unqualified to take her yacht on a thousand-mile cruise in the eastern Pacific Ocean during hurricane season?

Hiring a handsome, if somewhat fishy captain for the trip might keep them off the rocks, but probably won’t do the same for her future with Jenks. Meanwhile, a little eye candy on board can’t be all bad.

Hetta’s fierce independence impels her to tackle a very profitable (if environmentally and politically incorrect) project south of the border. True to form, her irreverent nature and disregard for danger soon swamps her in a sea of mayhem, illegal aliens, a pesky whale, and a menacing Mexican machinator.

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Jinx Schwartz’s Just Add Salt is from the Hetta Coffey adventure series. Coffey is an engineer who lives on a swank yacht moored in San Francisco. Her assignments take her to exotic locations, this time Mexico’s Baja coast. A Japanese firm has hired Hetta to consult on a water desalination and salt recovery plant they intend to build there (hence the title). The trip was supposed to be a working vacation with her boyfriend Jenks but he has to bail out so Hetta takes along Jan, her blonde bombshell best friend instead. And a tall, dark Mexican captain she hires who just happens to look like Fabio. The adventure begins.

Call it adventure with a capital A. This is a fast moving yarn with more twists and turns than a boa constrictor. Especially well written, and harrowing, is Hetta, Jan, and Fabio’s fight to the death with a two-headed hurricane ā€“ a once in a half century event. As the journey continues, our gal realizes that nobody is who they appear to be and there is an element who would just as soon see her disappear ā€“ permanently.

Despite Hetta’s bring-it-on-buster fearless attitude she is not beyond using her considerable feminine wiles to thwart, and seriously infuriate, her male adversaries (she has no female adversaries). This is fun, entertaining storytelling from a very female perspective. Jinx Schwartz is a pro all the way. Highly recommended.

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Jinx Schwartz is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Hetta Coffey series. Hetta is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it!

A ninth-generation Texan, Jinx has lived and worked all over the globe, and much like the protagonist in her Hetta Coffey mystery series, she’s a woman with a yacht and not afraid to use it.

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22 thoughts on “JUST ADD SALT by Jinx Schwartz

  1. I’ve been wanting to read one of the Hetta Coffey books ~ now I have to! Great review Bob, and obviously Jinx, you’ve created quite a character!
    Marsha – AKA The Mutinous Boomer!

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  2. Yeah Miz Marsha, you’re gonna love Hetta.


  3. What a great review, Bob. The book sounds really great.

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  4. Wow, thanks for the great review! I think you nailed the essence of Hetta perfectly, and I love it when some “gets” Hetta and the way she thinks and acts. And especially when that person is a guy:-)

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read, thank you Bob šŸ™‚

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  6. Thanks Bob. I love adventure and can’t wait to get to know Hetta.

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  7. Great review! Sounds like a very exciting and entertaining novel!!

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  8. I adore Hetta! Madcap, funny and she solves mysteries. Somehow! What a ride. Great review.

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  9. Wowser, Jackie. High praise from such a skilled writer! j

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  10. Ditto from me, of course! I shared everywhere.

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