The story had a slow and unamusing start with too much talk on the small Rhode Island town and the ancient Victorian house Vinnie inherited. The mystery was a little drab and it took a long time to get to it. It seems to be all about the stone gems.
Although Vinnie came up with a snarky quip or two, the story just didn’t compel me as much as I thought it would. I just didn’t buy Vinnie as the detective type, even though she teaches criminal justice at the college. Still, those who can’t do, teach.
My rating: 2 stars