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Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she's not afraid to use it! A globe-trotting engineer with adventure in her soul, Hetta is determined to solidify her relationship with her long-distance boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins. What better place for a romantic interlude than aboard her yacht in Mexico's hauntingly beautiful and solitary Sea of Cortez? But where HettHetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she's not afraid to use it! A globe-trotting engineer with adventure in her soul, Hetta is determined to solidify her relationship with her long-distance boyfriend, Jenks Jenkins. What better place for a romantic interlude than aboard her yacht in Mexico's hauntingly beautiful and solitary Sea of Cortez? But where Hetta goes, trouble follows, and chaos is sure to ensue. After a run-in with a couple of sea serpents that threaten to rock the boat, she nevertheless decides to take on a project in the Mexican port city of Guaymas. After all, Jenks is headed back to Kuwait, so why not cash in on the best of both worlds by picking up a few pesos while living aboard her boat in Mexico? Once again Hetta's indomitable spirit, stubborn independence and penchant for deceit will keep the reader in stitches as she launches herself and her best friend, Jan, into a sea of trouble. A pesky parrot, a drunken aunt, and a shadowy figure who is handsome in a "criminal sort of way" lead to murder, mayhem, kidnapping, and run-ins with several federal agencies on both sides of the border....

Title : Just Add Trouble
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ISBN : 2940000124154
Format Type : Nook
Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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Just Add Trouble Reviews

  • Laurie Hanan
    2019-01-23 07:33

    The Hetta Coffey mysteries just keep getting better. Now Hetta's in Mexico, it's Christmas time, and she's in a heap of trouble. Man trouble, and so much more. As the owner of a West Highland Terrier, I was thrilled to see one featured in the book. As an animal lover, I agonized over the fate of all the animals. It was a relief to know that the animals fared better than most of the human characters. I can't wait to dive into book 4.

  • S.R. Mallery
    2019-02-07 02:33

    To me, Jinx Schwartz’s Just Add Trouble hits a home run right out of the park. From the very first page, the language was so creative and well-phrased, I knew this was going to be a fine read. And talk about a great heroine! Part Sam Spade, part Mae West, one cannot help but fall in love with Hetty Coffey. No plot spoilers here; just hear me out––Ya gotta get this book!

  • Marilyn
    2019-02-23 05:06

    This has been the best in the series so far. I really enjoyed this one. And as usual, Hetta is in trouble again. This time I think she really goes too far. Good storyline and some more interesting characters.

  • Janine
    2019-02-22 06:08

    There was too much dialogue and not enough suspense for me. The mystery part didn't really start until half way through the book.

  • Valerie Downs
    2019-02-18 03:34

    Super SleuthSuper SleuthSome series lose their momentum as the series increases. Not so the Hetta Coffey series. The more you read of her exploits, and get to know her character traits the more enjoyment in reading the series. I think from my point of view, Hetta doesn't always seek out trouble, but if it finds her she won't back down! Blessed (or cursed) with a well developed curious nature, she follows her curiosity and instincts into multiple and unusual troubles. Fiercely loyal to her friends, her wit and sarcasm keeps the reader well entertained. I like that she is a strong character and at the same time has her moments when we are allowed to see her fears and her vulnerabilities. Don't expect a lot of profound lows in her life tho. Life and impossible situations can't keep her down.

  • Dee
    2019-01-31 06:06

    I love the Hetta Coffey books. Hetta is an unlikely heroine and always getting herself in deep water. This series is very enjoyable, but you must read the book and not skim around and read the end first. Lots happens between the books, but if you read them simultaneously you will be able to stay up-to-date on the current status of the characters, what goes on in their heads, and how they work out theit current problems/mishaps.

  • RJ
    2019-01-23 03:09

    1 1/2 starsThis is a series and not a stand alone novel. The author kept making references back to the other books. It was rather annoying. Needs a good editor. Plus some very offensive racial / cultual language that just really bothered me.

  • Jeannine Stewart
    2019-02-02 05:35

    Outrageous characters and plots, always entertaining and ready to make you laugh. Sort of like Evanovich on a yacht in the Sea of Cortez with lots of action, bad guys and animals.

  • Mary Whitehurst
    2019-02-10 02:11

    Another winner!I love Hetta Coffey-I wanna be her when I grow up. I don't know where or how the author dreams up these plots, but they are well-thought-out and well-written. Ihave enjoyed every book in the series, and an looking eagerly forward to reading the next title. I cannot stress enough that I would recommend this book and this series to anyone. If you enjoy mysteries or nautical settings, sassy protagonists with an attitude, comedy and one-liners enough to make you roll on the floor laughing then this is definitely the book ( and series) for you. Do yourself a huge favor and down-load this book - or better yet, go back to the beginning (Just Add Water) and great yourself to the start of the magic. Have fun!

  • Carol
    2019-02-07 08:06

    Hetta leads the way....Hetta finds her way hurt and in serious trouble with both the Mexican government and Arizona Border patrol. To her rescue is retired Detective Martinez; who seems to be the go too guy for getting her out of trouble. Sometimes it doesn't seem worth the energy to be at her beck and call. She finds her way back to Mexico and this time it's Nacho kidnapping her to save her from her menus Pack who wants her dead. Nacho has a mission to complete and I think Hetta turns out to be the ploy while she doesn't know it. Nacho fires a shot directly at her. She hits the ground and feels warm blood and then .......

  • Laurie Kazmierczak
    2019-01-26 01:22

    Enjoyable read. Main character Hetta is full of wit, but her wisdom is a bit shaky. She places herself in sticky situations but always finds a way to redeem herself. I enjoyed this jaunt over the Cortez Sea (or maybe it's the Sea of Cortez...I'm not a sailor) and the locales described by author Jinx Schwartz.

  • Donna K
    2019-02-06 08:26

    Good book I liked the book, concept, and characters but there were some grammer errors that made me re-read section to make sense. Over all great idea for a book. This is the 3rd book in the series I have read. On to book 4

  • Michelle
    2019-02-09 01:09

    Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

  • Kary
    2019-01-30 01:35

    Another fun hetta Coffey novel. Looking forward to the next installment

  • Nancy Anderson
    2019-02-14 06:18

    Always enjoy Hetta's adventures However implausible the rescues of Hetta become reading the books in this series is entertainment. Will delve into the next one.

  • Holly Ferguson
    2019-01-30 05:16

    Fun, light readFun, light read with interesting characters and twisting plot lines. I also love the fact that I've got to use my dictionary at least 4 times in each book for words I've never heard before

  • Stanley McShane
    2019-01-24 02:20

    Book 3 of the Hetta Coffey series may arguably begin a bit slow, but possibly as the third in the series Ms. Schwartz is still cementing her characters, her locale info, and the Hetta schtick. I've read a number of her books, not in order, and that's part of the charm--if you missed the previous book in the series, any one would still make sense. The characters form an interesting and believable cadre of associates for this 40'ish single female who's found her niche in the engineering world performing unusual and independent jobs mainly in the Sea of Cortez and the Baja. Hetta gave up her California Bay Area existence for a 45' yacht which she named Raymond Johnson after a beloved dog. In this particular offering, Hetta again bumps up against an animal with a mind of its own--a bird--from the aunt from hell. Hetta's circle includes a boyfriend Jenks who is usually half-way around the world as well as a best (female) friend forever, Jan. Hetta seems bound for trouble as she fearlessly careens forward in an effort to fulfill or solve her contract and any baggage she collects along the way and in this book the baggage includes the closing off of Agua Fria by the bad guys. Not a hero--she enlists the help of friends and acquaintances along the way. Flippant dialogue is often punctuated with humorous back and forth. Sure, I'll look for more books in the series and recommend them to anyone looking for a different kind of drama; fresh with the look inside a different type of living--you can accompany her vicariously and it's a fun (but safe) little romp. Enjoy.

  • A.M.
    2019-02-11 07:35

    Civil engineer Hetta Coffey travels around the world in her yacht and has plenty of work to do. Build a bridge here, fix a port there… Hetta is your woman. And she gets paid well for it. But because she is often in wild areas of the world, she also gets caught up in wild adventures.***This is book 3 of a series but I reckon I can pick it up. The cover is… better than it used to be but still looks like a homemade photoshop collage.Jenks Jenkins? Oh, god… that’s her boyfriend’s name? Really???We head jump page 2 … you know where we are in one person’s point of view and then irrationally jump into the other person’s mind in the same scene.“… he treaded water…” shouldn’t that be trod?Oh…I’m in edit mode… oops. Sorry.*walks away****Takes a break and returns. I’ve never seen moray eels so large that they rock a boat… but… okay.Sigh… this is the vision she keeps having because her friend is going to marry a Mexican… A picture flashed in my mind of a vacant-eyed and wan Jan, grossly pregnant, with a toddler on her hip and several others, dressed in rags, hanging onto her tattered skirt hem. She was bent over a fifty-five gallon fire barrel, making tortillas with one hand while Chino, fat and dirty, lounged nearby, chugging beer with his friends.Oh, dear… that’s just flat racism, isn’t it? The fact that the man, Chino is a biological scientist who runs a whale scientific expedition is somehow irrelevant… he’s Mexican.And no, it isn’t funny.Dnf at 22%

  • Betty
    2019-02-05 05:12

    California has become to dangerous for Hetta and she decides to locate just across the U S border in Arizona. Jenks has return to Kuwait. Hetta accepts a job in a mine in Mexico and she will drive to Arizona every night. She rents a house on a golf course near the border. Before long all her friends arrive for various reasons. Hetta makes a trip to winery in Mexico and returning from checking on her yacht Jan and her run into trouble again. An attempt to hijack the a plane they were to fly out of the ranch is foiled. Again a Texas longhorn bull is highlighted. The scenes are funny; yet they are serious.

  • Bryan D.
    2019-02-08 05:07

    55 of 75 for 2015. Jinx Schwartz has become one of my fall-back authors when I really want something light and frivolous. Hetta Coffey gets into no end of difficult situations as she sails her yacht around the Baja peninsula, and this time is no different. Based in the Sea of Cortez, Just Add Trouble spends less time talking about the free-lance work Hetta is doing, and more on her "adventures" on the mainland, the Sea of Cortez, and the Baja. All the usual characters are present, and the fun and games multiply till the reader wonders if Hetta will get out of this one alive. Twists galore, and great, great fun.

  • Allen
    2019-01-26 02:31

    I particularly enjoyed this book because I have been in some of these ports and cruised these same waters in my 28 foot engineless sailboat. I have read previous books in this series, and adding the crazy bird Trouble to to mix made it even more fun. I also got tossed into a Mexican jail for 46 hours so I had to deal with Los Federales who are just as stupid as our Drug Enforcement Agencies. I wrote the drug incident up in an article on Amazon, Smashwords and Nook called "A Sailing Story: Drugs, Do They Involve the Innocent?"

  • Judy
    2019-02-07 07:19

    I liked this, but didn´t love it. Still, it was full of action and some of it was pretty funny. The main character is a Texan who is a bit of a caricature but entertaining anyway. She lives on a yacht currently anchored along the west coast of Mexico and can´t seem to keep from getting into scrapes. Not terribly believable, but that´s not always a requirement for an enjoyable book. This is the third in a series. It seemed to stand alone fine, but it might be interesting to go back to the beginning and see if that affects my judgement.

  • Tracey Chananie
    2019-01-28 02:36

    Another brilliant Hetta Coffey book! I always hate it when I get to the last page of a Jinx Schwartz book, but that means I can start another one! This time Hetta gets "given" Trouble - her dipsomaniac aunt's illegal "little green parrot" - who has a "slight" dislike of Mexican men! Guess where Hetta is docked! Meth tweaking drug slugs - 1 of whom might just not be, Jan - Hetta's best friend and regular partner in crime and adventures, Jenks - her boyfriend and the search for Granny Yee make for giggles, "not again Hetta" moments and lots of "just 1 more page" at 2am moments!

  • Norma Huss
    2019-02-03 06:35

    One of my very favorite mystery series. Hetta is an original. (She has a boat and she isn't afraid to use it!) She and her boat are in tropical waters off Mexico (and she's into Mexico off the water at times). And the trouble she runs into? Both human and animal, that's, dogs and bird life. I guess the dogs could also refer to a few humans (except dogs are nicer). And of course, there's the sometimes there love life. But the mystery is the thing.

  • Ann
    2019-02-03 01:25

    Yet another good book from Jinx Schwartz. I have read seven (I think, could be more) and each and every time I have nothing but praise in my reviews.Always an excellent tale well written with a good plot and humour too. Hetta Coffey is one unique lady! We follow her into yet another adventure and more - as the title says - trouble.Keep them coming Jinx Schwartz, I will never tire of your stories.

  • Carol
    2019-02-14 08:21

    Hetta has a penchant for jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire... repeatedly... but its so darn much fun jumping with her, why not? Quirky, zany, and a total hoot. She's like Stephanie Plum on steroids, and drags us along (willingly) as she cruises for trouble (and employment) in the Sea of Cortez, and hi-jacks a jacked-up tricked- out 4x4 in a mad cross-desert dash... coyotes and bikers included. Enough odd-ball critters and characters to keep the pages flipping.

  • Mjuneb
    2019-01-24 02:14

    Hetta to the RescueBoyfriend barely out of the country, when everything goes crazy in Mexico. Jan and Hetta are kidnapped by a meth dealer, forced to sneak into the US via a smuggling route, etc. The fun is Trouble, the jerky loving bird and the large group of animals that keep visiting her yacht. Her family and friends are the most eccentric group you have ever met. It has some tense and bloody moments, but you forget it in the nonsense created by the characters.

  • Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
    2019-02-15 01:20

    I enjoyed this one. I figured the title had something to do with Hetta's propensity to always get into trouble, but no, Trouble is a parrot. And doe he help Hetta land in more than her fair share of it! I laughed at some of the antics she gets up to, and had to shake my head in a couple of other places as it really does seem that Hetta would have no luck if it weren't for all her BAD luck! Can't wait to read the next one!

  • Min
    2019-02-07 04:09

    I think there was just too much going on in this one for me to really enjoy it. Plus, it seemed that there were a lot more racial/ethnic slurs in this one. And the wrap up was very quick, especially compared to the roller coaster ride that was the story. Still, it wasn't a bad read. I think I'll wait a bit before reading the next one, though.

  • Lois
    2019-01-27 09:25

    Total Entertainment!This book could easily be made into an action adventure comedy movie! I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters and the non-stop action along with the various animals who were characters themselves. Great story line, great settings, wonderful twists in the plot; just all around great fun.