I do something similar, except I use two Pagliaccios in place of Jake and Jacqueline. One clown lets me grab a quick ghost rock and lock down a potentially troublesome dude in the town square, and both are a quick influence gain if I need it. Although I am thinking of switching to Gina as my starting grifter since I don't have to ace her to use her ability. And I LOVE Valeria as a starting huckster. Zero upkeep for a stud with influence, and with my draw structure (nothing below 9), Huckster 1 is about all I'll ever need.
I also use No Turning Back and Raising Hell to get lost Abominations back, and the Whateley Estate to get those Raising Hells back.