Nothing Ventured

Nothing Ventured

by Jeffrey Archer


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Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s #1 New York Times bestselling Clifton Chronicles: introducing Detective William Warwick. But this is not a detective story, this is a story about the making of a detective . . .

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a lawyer like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

This new series introduces William Warwick, a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph and tragedy, this series will show that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250200761
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: William Warwick Novels , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 485
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and has served twenty-six years as a Member of the House of Lords. Now published in 97 countries and more than 37 languages, all of his novels and short story collections—including Kane & Abel, Only Time Will Tell and Heads You Win—have been international bestsellers. Jeffrey is married with two sons and three grandchildren, and lives in London, Cambridge and Majorca.


London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1940


Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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Nothing Ventured 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I look forward to the rest of the Willam Warwick series
CynB 1 days ago
There are some writers that are master storytellers, and Jeffrey Archer is most certainly in that category. Nothing Ventured is the first book in a planned series featuring William Warwick. As readers of Archer’s last series, The Clifton Chronicles, will likely recall, William Warwick is the protagonist of Harry Clifton’s series of novels. Like most of Archer’s work, Nothing Ventured is a story propelled by characters that are generally upstanding, with the occasional flaw. We are introduced to William, his family, and associates, with the expectation that they will reappear in future volumes. It is easy to invest in this likable and interesting assortment of characters, as they contribute to the resolution of the cases William works on as a young detective. Despite an intriguing tease for the next volume in the series, the novel ends on a high note. This is the perfect series for readers who like mysteries/thrillers with lots of plot twists but want to avoid blood and gore. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for an entertaining, enjoyable read. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review. Indeed, it was a pleasure.
Anonymous 4 days ago
The suspense builds and it kept my attention the entire time. I look forward to reading the rest of the novels in the series. Volume 2 cannot come soon enough.
lovestoread17 8 days ago
Mr Archer is back with a new series featuring William Warick. As we know he has always wanted to be a detective against his father's wishes but does pursue his dream. He tells his father that this is what he wants and he does finally accept the decision. Mr Warwick starts as a constable and will work his way up to a detective working for Scotland Yard. His background in art helps him working on one of his first cases to find a missing Rembrandt. Along the way, he meets Beth and discovers he has feelings for her. What he does not know is the secret she is hiding from him? By a freak accident, he learns what it is and will embark on asking his father and sister Grace to help him. Like all of his books, you will find twists and surprises but the worst part is when it ends and we have to wait for the next book in the series. A wonderful read as only Mr Archer can provide.
Anonymous 10 days ago
The two stories read like a tennis match. Both keep your interest until the end. To see how they ended and who won.
Anonymous 12 days ago
can't wait for the next one..
Anonymous 14 days ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's a nice, easy read that was quite pleasant. Set in 1979, William Warwick is the son of a famed barrister. His father wants him to follow in his footsteps but William wants to be a police detective. He gets his degree in Art History, does some traveling and then joins the police force in London. After two years of patrol duty, he takes the detective exam and passes at number 1. He is assigned to the Art and Antiques Division where his first case is investigating a missing Rembrandt. He has other small cases including books with forged author signatures. He meets a girl who works at the museum with the missing Rembrandt and discovers her father is in prison for murder. He gets his father to investigate along with his sister, Grace, also a lawyer. These two case investigations take up most of the book and they are both interesting in their own way. I really enjoyed reading about famous paintings and the market for signed books. I liked the characters in this book. This is the first book in a new series and I am looking forward to reading more. I think it will be a fun series. The ending actually made me laugh which is a good way to end a book. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
beckwith_usa 17 days ago
3 1/2 rounded up to 4 stars. The first novel in Jeffrey Archer's new series, featuring William Warwick from the Clifton Chronicles, sets the tone as the main character takes on the first rung of an upward journey within the Metroploitan Police. Art, antiques, rare books, insurance fraud, and murder had me hooked from the first page. Archer's scenes describing Belmarsh Prison carried extra weight, considering his first-hand experience as a prisoner there. As this is advertised as "first among many" in this series, the lengthy character set-up makes sense, but a stand-alone-reader may find the initial chapters slow going. I will definitely be putting future reads featuring William Warwick (and characters I hope to learn more about) on my tbr list!
XXX1000 18 days ago
Not one of his best. It seems a lack luster effort on which to base a hopeful new series. In some places it feels like a few paragraphs are missing. Logic errors abound and dialogue flow not up to his usual standards. book seemed a little lean also.
72BRUIN 18 days ago
I have been fortunate to read Mr. Archer’s books for over forty years and still I am amazed at the way he turns words into addictive tales with plots and characters that truly come alive. “Nothing Ventured” follows in the mode of other series, as we look forward to the development of William Warwick. Warwick has chosen police work as a career, much to the disappointment of his father, a renowned barrister. In a time of superheroes and vigilantes, it’s refreshing to read of an ordinary man who is extraordinary in his devotion to his vocation. Art theft and forgery come to the forefront in the story, but romance and a wrongful murder charge also take much of his attention.
jdowell 19 days ago
This is my first time reading anything written by Jeffrey Archer. I have no idea why I haven't picked up one of his books earlier - didn't know what I was missing! First of all I really, really enjoy British detective novels and this fits the bill to a tee. This is the first in the William Warwick series. William has wanted to be a detective since the age of eight so he chooses to pursue that path - against his father's wishes (his father is an attorney and wants William to follow in his footsteps). William has good instincts and has put in his time learning the trade when he gets tapped for the Arts and Antiquities department in Scotland Yard. It was fun following William through his first cases and seeing both his successes and his failures. William gets wrapped up in a doozy of a case and I enjoyed following the leads with him. I look forward to reading the next book in this series when it becomes available! Thanks to Jeffrey Archer and St. Martin's Press for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
iiiireader 19 days ago
When the author says that this is not a detective story; it is a story about a detective, he means exactly that. While there is a whodunnit, it isn’t difficult to figure out, it is how the detective goes about learning how to be exactly that, that the story is about. William Warwick has gone against his father’s wishes (that he study law) and, instead, has gone into police work. He studies law in University but then goes on to become a beat cop rather than qualify for a plan to jump ahead in his career. The story follows him in this journey and a year or two can pass quickly by. The main focus is once William has become a detective and his work in Scotland Yard’s art and antiquities branch. William wants to work his way up the hard way but his expertise in certain areas is so useful to his superiors that he moves more quickly up. It’s a great new start to a series but don’t expect this to be a mystery series. It is a fictional account about how a young man becomes a top ranking detective. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Gailfl 19 days ago
Jeffrey Archer continues to amaze me with his masterful storytelling abilities. At the end of his last series, The Clifton Chronicles, Archer concluded the seventy-year saga of Harry and Emma Clifton. Harry was a successful international writer whose fictional character was William Warrick, police detective. The ever-resourceful Archer has begun a new series with the fictional William Warrick as the main character. And the first book in this new series is as compelling as all of Archer’s other novels. William Warrick joins Scotland Yard on the arts and antiquities squad after serving two years with the London Metropolitan Police. He is following his own vision for his future rather than that of his father, Sir Julian Warrick QC. The elder Warrick hoped William would follow him and become a barrister, like his sister before him. William’s first case is that of a missing Rembrandt, which opens many doors for him, including love. In his first court case, he is pitted against his sister. Like the Clifton Chronicles, family plays an important role in this new series. Archer has laid the groundwork for another saga which he promises to continue for eight books, with Warrick’s ability and determination, as well as Archer’s longevity, playing a role in the ultimate length of the series. One of the things that I love about Jeffrey Archer is the conversational tone that he employs in his writing. He knows how to shape a story through vignettes that draw the plot line while allowing the reader space to make their own conclusions. Good characters and strong plotting are always part of Archer’s books, but his use of wit and intrigue are two of my favorite parts of his writings. (I must confess that even after multiple readings I still have not figured out one of the clues in his short story collection Twelve Red Herrings.) Nothing Ventured is a great read and ends with a chuckle. You go Jeffrey Archer. I thank Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.
KindleLady 19 days ago
A captivating story, populated by warm and well developed characters who you come to know well. While the story is grounded in the law, it is really about the characters and their interesting lives and careers. No one provides a better sense of British life and quirkiness than Archer. Only wish the book was another 300 pages long! I received an ARC for my honest opinion.
MicheleReader 20 days ago
Fans of Jeffrey Archer rejoice. We have a new series to savor. The first book in this new saga was simply wonderful. We meet William Warwick (who we actually first met as a fictional character in The Clifton Chronicles,) son of Sir Julian Warwick QC as he chooses law enforcement as his career and quickly rises to Scotland Yard in its Arts and Antiquities squad. We already know he is bound for great things. His first major case is solving the theft of a Rembrandt from the Fitzmolean Museum, where he meets his love interest Beth, who has some secrets of her own. Wonderful storytelling and character development. Very entertaining read. Can’t wait for the next installment. Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and the wonderful Lord Jeffrey Archer for an advance copy.
MKF 20 days ago
I'd forgotten the pleasure of reading a Jeffrey Archer novel. This, like his others, is an exercise in good storytelling and introduces a character you will root for. William Warwick was meant to be a barrister like his father but noooo. First he studied art and then he joined the police. Those two passions merge in this tale. Warwick's expertise is recognized by Scotland Yard and he finds himself on the hunt for a stolen Rembrandt. He also finds himself in love with Beth who works at the Fitzmolean and whose father....(no spoilers!). To be honest, this is not heavy lifting- it's not too complicated- but it's a good read. Warwick is a nice guy with a sense of humor about himself, the villain is someone we'll no doubt see again given Warwick's specialty, and if Beth isn't as well rounded out as you might like, remember this is only the first in a series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A pleasant read for Archer's fans and new readers alike.