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 multinational 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 snagged by a parade of passing yachts - especially their predominantly male skippers - and experiences a champagne-induced epiphany: If she had a boat, she could get a man. In hopes a floating Valhalla will overcome an all-time low-water mark in her life, Hetta buys her dream boat in spite of a spectacular ignorance of all things nautical. But a shadowy stalker, an inconvenient body, and Hetta's own self-destructive foibles imperil not only her new life, but a newly- found romance.
©2011 Jinx Schwartz (P)2008 Books in Motion
This was a funny story with a good plot. The characters are likable and believable. However the mystery doesn't come until the last quarter of the book. The rest of the book is more like a romance novel. But like I said the plot is good. If you want more mystery than romance this is not the book for you.
A delightful little story with a few bad guys, a few good guys and a dog. While it was somewhat predictable, it was so well written that I didn’t mind. Now I understand the term “cozy” mystery. I rather like Hetta, and I am hoping that a few of the other characters will be continuing on, as well. 4.5 stars.
Very easy to listen to, very enjoyable story
Hetta, she is a spunky character
sinking his car
Hetta, her take on life.
A little juvenile. VERY light reading (listening), no little grey cells wasted on this one.
l enjoyed Ms Richmond's narration and Hetta's love for her dog made her a much more relatable character than she would have been without him.
WTH? I can't believe the author did this! Introduce a lovable wonderful dog as a character and then have the poor dog die a horrible death! No thanks! This "light hearted caper" should come with a warning label! And besides that there was no mystery to speak of at all. Really can't recommend it.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
the story has some fun characters which make the story fun and interesting. While I felt it was a bit predictable, I really enjoyed the writing as it transported me to the estuary along with Hetta and the crew for a mini sea vacation in my mind. If you’re looking for interesting people along with a fun story hop on board for a 3 hour cruise (probably more unless you’re really a speed reader).
Ms. Richmond does a great job with the narration. Her accents are great and she really brings the characters to life.
Every time I'd start to maybe enjoy the book a little, someone would say something a bit racist or the main characters would say or do something incredibly shallow, vapid, or narcissistic.
I was so surprised at some of the racist language, that I had to check the publication date to see if the book wasn't written in the 60s and 70s, where such speech was considered more acceptable.
That ruined the book for me.
The plot was slow. That normally doesn't bother me if the characters are interesting and well-developed, but there wasn't enough depth to any of the character to make up for the lack of plot. This book could have happened in less than half of the time it took.
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