In at least one of my prior posts, I mentioned my reading addiction and its role in helping me cope with the Covid-19 craziness. As part of my escape from reality I have taken to binge reading, and recently read books 6-10 of the Hetta Coffee series by Jinx Schwartz.
About the Boxed Set*
Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it!
She’s forty-ish, single and has adventure in her DNA. As an engineer who has globe-trotted for most of her career, she and her forty-five foot yacht are based in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, where she finds enough work to keep her in diesel fuel and refried beans. But it’s not all margaritas and mariachis, because her penchant to take on what some might call less-than-respectable projects keeps her up to her neck in hot Mexican water.
Never one to be accused of being faint of heart, Hetta tackles life-changing escapades that lend a whole new meaning to the phrase “sink or swim.”
Hetta Coffey is not your typical female sleuth. She is a little rough around the edges with a unique outlook on life and sometimes outrageous behavior. No one could possibly get into that much trouble without hardly trying. But it makes for entertaining reading and a glimpse into a lifestyle nothing like my own.
In this collection, Hetta, Jan (her best friend and human sidekick), and Po Thang (her canine sidekick) muddle their way into a variety of interesting, amusing, and dangerous situations. Absurdities abound.
And there are animals. Lots of different animals – from Po Thang’s dolphin playmate in Just Different Devils to an exotic bird in Just for the Birds. I likehow the author weaves them into the plot of her stories as more than just window dressing. They have personality.
I did find Just Needs Killing (book 6) to be a bit slow and more of a gruesome stretch than the previous books in the series. Nonetheless, I continued reading and found the other four books in the boxed set more to my liking. Overall, with a touch of romance and a healthy dose of humor and suspense, this series makes for a fun escape.
BTW, feel free to check out my review of Just the Pitts (book 5 in this series).
The Hetta Coffey books are available on Amazon.