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Just Add Water

(Hetta Coffey Mystery #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,887 ratings  ·  230 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B005S65704

Hetta Coffey is a globe-trotting civil engineer with attitude who is working on coming of age, a little late. Pushing forty and still single, Hetta is the epitome of the b word: bold, bossy, brassy, breezy and brash. After leaving a lifelong swath of failed multi-national affairs in her jet stream, it is no wonder Hett
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Published September 25th 2011 by Jinx Schwartz (first published August 31st 2004)
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I accidentally started with the Hetta Coffee #8, Just Pardon my French, which I really enjoyed. So I decided to go back the beginning.

I did not enjoy Just Add Water nearly as much. It felt longer than it needed to be, and I found Hetta to be more mean-spirited than sassy in this one. Clearly, the writing has improved with time, which is a good thing!
2.5 stars
Susanne Weigand
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be a mystery. It is, in parts. But to get there is really, really boring. First of all it is about two women, both not so young anymore who are desperate for men. Really desperate. You get the picture? Ok, of course the right men turn up and the reader knows it. But of course... it takes time. Time and boring time to get there.

The mystery part is suspenseful, but whenever a bit of suspense has built up, we leave the mystery and are back again to those silly and vain tw
Just add water by Jinx Schwartz is the first book in the Hetta Coffey mystery series. Hetta is jilted by an embezzler who several years later winds up dead in her hot tub stabbed by an ice pick. An enjoyable and interesting introduction, although not much of a mystery but rather a rundown of Hetta's mid life crisis, and how she ends up living on a boat. A fun book overall, although a bit slow and strung out.
Laurie Hanan
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won Just Add Water in a drawing and couldn’t wait to get started. I just love a good mystery, but it wasn’t at all what I expected. I’m all for cozy or lighthearted mysteries, and in fact I prefer them over graphic violence. This book doesn’t in any way follow the usual pattern of a mystery, and the protagonist is not all out to solve a crime. In fact she’s all out to find a man—any man will do, thank you—and she’ll do anything it takes to get one. Including selling her home to buy a yacht! He ...more
Charles Stubbs
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a middle-aged man (certainly no ‘chick’), I don’t like dogs and I’m not particularly keen on sailing. But I’m a great fan of ‘Just Add Water’, a rollicking tale by Jinx Schwartz of dog-loving, sailboat owner Hetta Coffey and her long-time best friend Jan. Hetta only buys the boat because it might attract men, and it certainly does that! First in the form of boat squatter Garrison, then the alluring ‘Jenks’ Jenkins, and finally the urbane Englishman Alan. But what, if anything, do these new c ...more
Horton Deakins
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I must say this book was a chuckle a minute—except for the parts not designed to elicit chuckles, of course. I have the distinct impression, however, that it is probably illegal in some countries for men to read this book, for there are secrets revealed within its pages that men probably are never supposed to be privy to. At times I felt as if I had bugged the women’s locker room.

Male readers aside, and despite the humorous qualities of the book, it is not one you would want your ten-year
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
book got off to a slow start. Main character Hetta Coffey, not very likable for me. I may read another book in the series?
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, mysteries
Too much about Hetta's personal life for me. Plus her stupidity in (view spoiler)
Helen Karol
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Chick-Lit Extraordinaire with Canine Cutie!

I started this book under the impression it was a mystery romance and so was puzzled when the required generic expectations failed to materialise up front. It was very entertaining and I loved the sassy Hetta and her friend Jan, but I kept waiting for the murders and the love interest to kick in. I actually put it down at one point with the intention of not proceeding – I AM VERY GLAD I DIDN’T.

I was intrigued by the characters and completely in love wi
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
My First comment to my followers (of reviews,) is that this book is Not a typical cozy. There is strong language, sexual innuendos, and a main character that you may like or not. Having said all might want to read this book as it is one heck of a well written mystery.

The main character is "...bold, bossy, brassy, breezy, and brash." And, I would add another five letter 'B' word. The thing is...Hetta Coffey has come to this personality due to actions that have happened to her. There is
Denise Zendel
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hetta Coffey is not your typical engineer – she’s sharp-tonged, witty, and outspoken. Along with her bff Jan, she searches for love, frequently falling for the wrong man. In a moment of champagne induced drunkenness, she decides if she had a boat, she could get a man and off she goes to realize that dream.

She’s surrounded by a great group of friends and a rescue dog whom she loves beyond reason (and who loves her the same way). I was mildly annoyed by the “got to-have-a-man” drive, but setting t
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The story line and the premise are both very good. I just had trouble identifying with the characters. Some of the book was amusing and entertaining.
Karen Foster
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-reads
Not my cup of tea at all... If this hadn't been a book club book, I would have bailed. I found the main character really quite irritating, and the dialogue felt either clichéd, or at times, entirely inauthentic. Also, not mysterious enough to be called a mystery - it felt more like a chic-lit style 'hunt for a man' story most of the time..... Disappointed... as the friend who picked it for book club, loves it so much.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
This story just felt so dated to me: no one had a cell phone and the main character spent a lot of her time planning how to catch herself a rich husband. A story-line I might have enjoyed in the nineties, but not in 2014. Had the mystery been more mysterious and had the main character behaved more consistently, I may have been able to overlook how dated the story felt. But this one just didn't work for me at all.

*review based on the audio version narrated by Beth Richmond*
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Didn't love the writing; however, the plot line kept me going to the end. The author really tried much too hard to make the main character seem a funny, sassy, 30 something, single woman. The clichés and comments to herself got really old. Also ran across three "F" words which I hate but didn't find until near the end. This one is just blah. . .
R.P. Dahlke
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of the Hetta Coffey Baja Adventure series. A woman decides the best way to get a man is to get a boat... things go downhill after that! Laugh out loud funny!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart broke when I lost my "friend" Kinsey Milhone. Her role in my life has been somewhat filled by Hetta Coffey. Hetta is a civil engineer who is sassy, a bit plump, sometimes drinks too much, and gets herself and her pals entangled in all sorts of capers, of her own and others' doing. Like Sue Grafton, author Jinx Schwartz doesn't stoop to making all her bad guys gross sexual pervs, as several authors are doing now. Hetta is laugh out loud funny, and never loses her spunk. Schwartz describe ...more
Kobby Gyampoh
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
...with so much spunk Hetta Coffey would get you laughing so hard you might tip overboard. (Another reason why you wouldn't want to read an aquatic related book on an Aquatic habitat.)

Jinx Schwartz has got so much humor and isn't afraid to use it. All my life, there are two authors that really, really, make me laugh and it's no wonder these two writers have books similar to Just Add Salt. Janet Evanovich and Sarah Strohmeyer. No, it isn't like I only laugh-no, sorry-guffaw and clutch my ribs pra
Susan (aka Just My Op)
This is a “fluff” read about a woman who has it all, including a disappearing, dishonest boyfriend, but wants more now that he has gone bye-bye. There is a mystery involved, but there is an awful lot of yacht-clubbing and boredom as well. It was mildly entertaining, and I appreciated the strength of friendships, but it was too long for an unsubstantial story. I borrowed this ebook through Kindle Unlimited. 2 stars out of 5. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story. Jetta is an awesome character that makes you get lost in the story.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Not a lot of mystery and lots of slow bits.
Martha Cheves
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just Add Water – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘Picking up my ballpoint, I filled in under SAILING EXPERIENCE, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and trans-Pacific. I left out the fact that all of this cognitive content was gained on cruise ships the size of small cities. The next question was easy. WHY DO YOU WANT TO LEARN TO SAIL? It is against my nature to answer this type of question with any honesty, but I thought, what the hey? And wrote: Meet new people. Learn a skill. F
 Gigi Ann
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Hetta Coffey is a globe-trotting civil engineer with attitude who is working on coming of age, a little late. Pushing forty and still single, Hetta is the epitome of the b word: bold, bossy, brassy, breezy and brash. After leaving a lifelong swath of failed multi-national affairs in her jet stream, it is no wonder Hetta prefers living with her dog R.J. But old habits die hard, and trolling for triceps is Hetta's hobby. Plying the waterfront in search of Saturday brunch, Hetta's attention is snag ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Hetta Coffey is an engineer working for herself and not doing too shabby. Except for that time in Japan where she fell for Hudson Williams. How was she to know that oily snake was a crook and would disappear taking money from her account as well as his company’s? But she’s moved on. It’s been years since he rabbited and a year since she heard from Interpol about him. About the time she gets bad news about her canine companion, RJ, she starts experiencing strange happenings around her house. Worr ...more
Christoph Fischer
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came across "Just Add Water" at a fellow author's blog and was drawn in by the humorous style in which the author presented herself and her books.

The book, first in a series, hit the right tone with me right away. The mysterious planned disappearance of an American man in Tokyo leaves us with a huge question mark before we turn across the Pacific and dive into a different story altogether.

Maybe as 40 year old gay man with a love for dogs I am a prime target audience for this book. It was certa
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Add Water is sassy, witty and so much fun.

Meet Hetta Coffey, the sparky heroine in this first of three thrillers. Hetta has been single for five whole years since her last fella proposed to her and then left with her heart, the contents of her bank account and Interpol on his trail. And what did he leave? A key. But Hetta has no idea what it’s for.

Now approaching forty, Hetta and her best friend Jan are living the high life, trailing San Francisco bay for rich, eligible ‘dawgs’. When Jan fa
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whatever the watery equivalent of a romp is, this is it. A fun read which was just long enough not to allow the reader to become a shade tired of Hetta's badinage. The plot was a touch weak and Hetta didn't actually solve the mystery, it was solved for her but really the Japanese connection was merely a loose structure for Hetta to flounce around in. (Her blood would be up if anyone accused her of flouncing, I suspect). The early structure promised much more than the ending delivered in story te ...more
Gae-Lynn Woods
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JUST ADD WATER introduces the feisty Hetta Coffey - a wise-cracking woman on a mission to find a man and using every tool at her disposal to get him! The first novel in the Hetta Coffey series is a fast, funny read - Jinx Schwartz does a great job of developing her characters and introducing enough ambiguity to leave you wondering who really has Hetta's best interests at heart. You know when you're done that although this mystery ended well, with Hetta's personality and her best friend Jan's enc ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of her Hetta Coffey Mystery Series , this one is a real romp. Her descriptions of the trials and tribulations of a newbie boat owner and all the systems aboard are hilarious as well as her attempts at sailing lessons. This tale takes place on San Francisco Bay with one trip outside the Golden Gate to Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. Ms. Schwartz is obviously and experienced power boater. I did find some errors though, the only thing that kept this book out of the five star category. Highly r ...more
Kay Van Slyke
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am having a great time reading this Hetta Coffey series. My husband and I are very familiar with the Sea of Cortez and have visited many of the anchorages that Jinx refers too. It is so refreshing to read a story and have the information be accurate, even down to the hot dog vendor in front of the church in Santa Rosalia. Good for you Jinx, I love this series and am currently on book six. It's fun to visit these places thru Hetta's experiences, I am thoroughly enjoying her character as well as ...more
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Jinx Schwartz is the author of the award-winning Hetta Coffey series.

JUST ADD WATER, first in the series, introduces Hetta, a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she's not afraid to use it. JUST ADD SALT, JUST ADD TROUBLE, JUST DESERTS, JUST THE PITS, JUST NEEDS KILLIN', AND JUST DIFFERENT DEVILS get her into hot Mexican Waters. JUST PARDON MY FRENCH, BOOK 8, FINDS HETTA IN FRANCE and Book 9: JUS

Other books in the series

Hetta Coffey Mystery (10 books)
  • Just Add Salt (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #2)
  • Just Add Trouble (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #3)
  • Just Deserts (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #4)
  • Just The Pits (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #5)
  • Just Needs Killin' (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #6)
  • Just Different Devils (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #7)
  • Just Pardon My French (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #8)
  • Just Follow The Money (Hetta Coffey Mystery, #9)
  • Just For The Birds (Hetta Coffey Mystery #10)
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