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Nothing Ventured

(William Warwick #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  6,587 ratings  ·  788 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
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
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
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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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
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.
With that said, this book, although quite entertaining, was a disappointment, especially after reading the exceptional Clifton Chronicles series (I will never forget Lady Virginia. I hated her so much! lol).
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.
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

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
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
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 ...more
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
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.
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 Rush
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 ...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
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
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
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
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 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-2019
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
Mary Lou
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I was keen to read Nothing Ventured – Jeffrey Archer writes well and spins a good tale, but I was disappointed in it.
William Warwick, from a privileged background, flouts convention and the wishes of his rather famous barrister father and embarks upon a career in the Met rather than in law.
William’s prowess is quickly realised by his superiors and he becomes heavily involved in a global search for a missing famous work of Art.
Set in 1972, it seemed like 1872. The characters felt stuffy and
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I keep trying Jeffrey Archer novels and am going to throw in the towel with this one. Cardboard characters, dull, simplistic writing--how does this guy win so many readers? I was bored early in and stopped there. There's too much good stuff out there to bother with this.
Chitra Iyer
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my, Archer is back with another series! Having thoroughly enjoyed The Clifton Chronicles, I was thrilled to know that another one is in the making and had almost fainted when the publisher asked me if I wanted a review copy. I mean, c’mon…like… c’mon!

Nothing Ventured is the story about Detective William Warwick and if you’ve read the Clifton Chronicles you’d remember him as the protagonist of Harry’s books. But if you haven’t read the series, it is completely fine, you can start with this one
Patty Smith
Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Jeffrey Archer for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Nothing Ventured. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

Nothing Ventured is about the origin story of detective William Warwick. He has a background in art history and has just made detective at Scotland Yard. His father had hoped he would follow in his family's footsteps and become a lawyer but William has a passion for law
Jawahar Surti
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
When it's Jeffrey Archer, I feel assured of a good read. He has a knack of keeping you engrossed in the story, often on the edge. And he usually ends a chapter in such a way that you are tempted to turn the page and take a peak at the new chapter ...... and that goes on. As he mentions at the beginning - "This is not a detective story, this is a story about a detective."

This story not only tells us about William Warwick, but also of people around him. One doesn't feel any character to be
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

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