Hetta Coffey is
a sometimes civil engineer operating as a freelance consultant
from the deck of her live aboard yacht. Her boyfriend, Jenks,
is currently working on assignment in Dubaias. Hetta labors
from the harbor of Puetro Ensconido near the Sea of Cortez
in Mexico. It’s a long distance romance that leaves
Hetta with way too much time on her hands and too many opportunities
to get into trouble.
Hetta’s longtime friend, Jan, is also
living aboard a nearby vessel, a research ship dedicated to
finding a two hundred year old shipwreck in the local area.
Jan’s boyfriend, Chino, heads up the cash strapped project.
Jan is approached by a Japanese business tycoon
who says he can arrange for a one hundred thousand dollar
grant to help finance the search. All Jan has to do is show
up at a cocktail party at a nearby high end resort. Jan agrees
but decides to bring Hetta along.
When the girls get to the party they find their benefactor
dead in his room. Concerned that they might be somehow implicated
they plot a graceful and, hopefully unnoticed, exit. But Hetta
encounters some familiar and decidedly unfriendly faces along
The money that was promised for the expedition
actually comes through with the stipulation that two Japanese
divers accompany the team. Chino has no problem with the arrangement
but Jan and Hetta aren't nearly as comfortable.
This book is the sixth book in the Hetta Coffey
series. I have not read the earlier adventures but after enjoying
this book, they will certainly find their way into my library.
Jinx Schwartz has a writing style that is
absolutely captivating. Every paragraph and often every line
throws a clever,, thought provoking twist at the reader. The
pace is very good and the characters, even Aunt Lil, are fun
and interesting. It’s a lighthearted look at murder
and mayhem. A fun book and a fast read.