I began reading the Vicky Bliss series after completing the Amelia Peabody books. Obviously I am a fan of Peters' style. This book is written in first person, and the style of Vicky's narration seems breezier and a bit more light-hearted than the Peabody books.
Vicky is a somewhat different version of Amelia, but her character doesn't seem as well-developed as Amelia. Perhaps it is because Amelia had a larger group of family/servants/colleagues. But in many respects, Vicky's adventures are as exciting as Amelia's.
In this book, Vicky is off to Rome searching for the person behind an excellent reproduction of a piece of jewelry. Her adventures tracking down the culprit lead her into a meeting with an interesting set of characters (including Sir John who becomes a regular in this series). The book is a fun read and kept my interest to follow the series through the next four books.