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Nothing Ventured

(Detective William Warwick #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  14,952 ratings  ·  1,177 reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jeffrey Archer, and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Having loved Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles, I was pleased to see this new series that will have my fellow fans just as excited. Those who remember Harry Clifton and his prodigious career as a writer will remember the William Warwick novels that were the author’s bread and butter. Archer has decide
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this four stars, however, the second half diminished that option. 6 of 10 stars
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 footste
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent novel by Jeffrey Archer that left me wondering why don't I read more of his books. It's true that I always enjoy his books and feel in awe of his writing which appears to write with ease.
This is the start of a new series that features Detective William Warwick. A detective who decided on his career against his fathers wishes, who was hoping he would become a lawyer. His father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace also appear in this book and I am sure will also feature
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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One of my favorite authors.
It’s always a pleasure reading his books.
Every time he releases a new book it becomes my priority.
His writing style is so good, so easy to follow.
He is, without any doubt, a wonderful storyteller.
But, no matter how much I love this author, I have to be honest.
This book, although quite entertaining, was a disappointment, especially after reading the terrific Clifton Chronicles series (I will never forget the hateful Lady Virginia).
The flow is great, fast and very eng
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
The plot had elements which were too cliched for me plus things happened too quickly. I felt this was subpar as compared to his other novels.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Jeffrey Archer is a favourite among many of my library patrons and I've enjoyed the first book from his popular Clifton Chronicles series. Now, Archer is back with a new series which stars Detective William Warwick, one of London's Metropolitan Police Force's newest officers.

Nothing Ventured focuses on two art-themed schemes and readers are given a brief background on Warwick's family life. Art fans will enjoy the mentions of famous art pieces/artists and the ensuing art fraud but those topics d
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a die hard fan of Jeffrey Archer, from stand alone novels to a series. His ability to tell a story, descriptive words and my love of most things British...keeps me coming back for more.

Exploring the good and bad of the art world was a nice beginning to the developing character of detective Warwick. Enjoy
Unseen Library
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced proof of Nothing Ventured from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.

One of the biggest names in modern fiction, Jeffrey Archer, returns with Nothing Ventured, an intriguing piece of historical crime fiction that starts up his brand-new William Warwick series.

William Warwick, son of a respected London defence attorney, has always dreamed of becoming a detective in the London Metropolitan Police Force. Despite the opposition of his father, William enrols as a trainee police off

With thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I have been a great fan of Lord Archer after reading Not a Penny more, Not a Penny less and Prisoner of Birth.

Nothing Ventured is about the career of William Warwick. No spoilers but the series will chart his time from Constable to Police Commissioner of the Metropolitan police. William is the son of a highly eminent QC Sir Julian Warwick. Sir Julian wanted William to be a barrister after university
Susan Johnson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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
A Man Called Ove
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Reading a book by Archer is like watching Mark Waugh (or our very own Very very special Laxman) bat. And this book is the equivalent of a 50 off 100 balls. Punctuated with pleasing, elegant 4s but you know it could have been better easily.
My favourite short story collection by Archer is “A Cat o’nine tales” which focused on crime. This book felt as though 3-4 short stories had been forcibly interleaved together to make a novel. While Archer’s characters and his dialogues were delightful as
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of this author. HUGE!! This is the 17th book by him that I have read. I loved his Clifton Chronicles series, Kane & Abel, and some of this stand alone novels. This book is the first book in a new series called 'William Warwick' and I enjoyed this one so much (even more than I thought I would).

The author can create a great story with depth and drama. The same can be said about the wonderful characters. William, the MC, is a great character. He's good but not perfect. I also liked
Natalie M
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this new series by Jeffrey Archer.

Magnificent storytelling without any of the ‘new-age’ spell- it out crime details that tend to typify novels of late. A clever, multilayered series of crimes that segue subtly and succinctly.

Sheer brilliance, I could not put it down and will be waiting with bated breath for instalment #2. Genuine, masterful storytelling.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
Much to his father's dismay, William Warwick had wanted to be a detective since he was a young boy. His father hoped he would study the law, but it is his sister, Grace, who follows in their father's footsteps.
After graduating from University, William spends a couple of years as a beat cop before joining the arts and antiquities division of Scotland Yard. One of his first cases has him investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt from the Fitzmolean Museum. There he meets a young research a
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Accept nothing, Believe no one, Challenge everything.”

Unfortunately, this statement is probably the only thing that I will be remembering about this novel a couple of days from now. The beginning seemed too rushed with too much going on. It felt like looking out of the passenger side window while driving down the interstate... everything was a blur. When I’d stop reading then pick it back up I had to spend time trying to figure out which case they talking about.

The rest of the story just meand
Chitra Ahanthem
Those who have read Archer will be familiar with his style: engrossing plot points, some humour and delicious twists, all intact in this one. The narrative follows William Warwick as he opts to get into the police force against his barrister father’s wish that he take up law. A stint in art history before joining the police force makes him an ideal pick for the Art and Antiquities section and soon, the plot puts in the business of rare paintings, their forgeries and ties to the insurance industr ...more
Arvind Iyer
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars actually.

Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer is the first novel in the William Warwick series. Since it's the first in the series I think it takes a little longer to establish the plot. There are some moments where you feel bored. The best part of the book is the last 120 pages. It's fast paced, thrilling and it gets interesting page after page. The ending was good not on the expected lines.

On the whole a very good opening book in the series. Looking forward for the next one. It will
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
12th book of 2020 (136th book overall)

Quote from the Book I Liked - 'Reputation is the shield of the righteous in difficult times.' (Page no. 231)

Rating - 4 Stars

Plot Summary - 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
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been asked many times by my friends to read books by Jeffrey Archer. But somehow or the other, I just couldn’t pick any of them.

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan as they so graciously sent over Lord Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Nothing Ventured’ my way to review. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have ever read him.

So I jumped head-on, with apprehensions in my heart as it was the first time I was reading any of his work. And what pleasant jolt of a surprise it was. Yeah, surprised I was.

Ask me why?

Firstly, this book
Mridula Gupta
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lord Archer shines as an extraordinary crime fiction writer because of his sound understanding of his characters. I have always been drawn to his books when I am looking for something comforting but thrilling (if that makes any sense).
Nothing Ventured marks the beginning of the William Warwick series, mentioned numerous times in The Clifton Chronicles. Warwick's rise to one of the greatest detectives after refusing to follow his father's footsteps and study law is well known and Lord Archer has
Karen R
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first in a new Jeffrey Archer series starring William Warwick from the popular Clifton Chronicles. In this first installment, Archer rolls back the clock to when Warwick is a fresh college grad armed with an art history degree. Born into a wealthy family, young William is determined to enroll in police college, his lifelong passion to become a detective instead of following the predetermined legal path of his father. A highlight of this book is the relational dynamic between William, his fat ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I know this author's name, certainly, from the many book racks I have browsed over the years, but I do not recall having read one of his books previously. This book launches a new series per the author, and it features a young man who goes against his father's advice to follow the career path of policing. We meet him patrolling in Lambeth with his assigned mentor. Very quickly William Warwick starts working for the yard and is immediately assigned to Art and Antiquities squad as he demonstrates ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It had been years since I had read anything by Jeffrey Archer, so I was quite pleased to receive a copy of "Nothing Ventured" for review. It begins a new series about a brilliant young detective, from one of England's most distinguished families.
Although William Warwick was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty when the case calls for it, if I may mix my metaphors.
His first big case involves stolen art masterpieces, forgeries, a man innocently impriso
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Jeffrey Archer's new series on DC William Warwick. Set in the 1980s, the book follows William Warwick from his art history studies at university to the police academy and to his first challenging experiences on the beat. By chance, Warwick ends up working a case in the fraud and art theft department at Scotland Yard, his extensive art knowledge having impressed everyone on the force. Miles Faulkner, a cunning businessman and thief who works with shady lawyers committing ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent first installment in a new series by Jeffrey Archer. Great characters I look forward to following for a few years.

William Warrick has always wanted to be a member of Scotland Yard. When his knowledge of art comes to light he is assigned to the Art & Antiquity department of Scotland Yard where he meets and becomes engaged to Beth Rainford who works at an art gallery. William's father and sister, both lawyers (barristers) team up to have Beth's father's conviction overturned when they pr
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Ventured by Jeffery Archer

If you’re a fan of Jeffery Archer, this story is for you. Mr. Archer has a winner here with travel, investigations, trials and intrigue. The characters are fun, the story is very good, but the ending is so perfectly laid on the reader, that you have to laugh.

This rather lighthearted tale, which is in present day England, unfolds as the protagonist William ends up working for Scotland Yard in their Arts and Antiques unit. He is now Constable Warwick investigating
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have been a Jeffrey Archer fan for decades and was pleased to receive a free e-ARC of this first book in his latest series from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

The book started with a rather unbelievable scene in which a rookie copper noticed something that seasoned detectives had missed. I let that one slip as the book took off and Archer's style swung into play with a very readable story which kept me reading, and I mostly enjoyed what I was reading. I think the
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married

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