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Nothing Ventured

(William Warwick #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Nothing Ventured is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and bestselling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel , Jeffrey Archer.

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 barrist
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Macmillan (first published September 3rd 2019)
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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
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Susan Johnson
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, first-reads
notified today (8/9) that I have won a First Reads copy :-) Book arrived today (8/15) so the reading can commence! Had to wait to start while my husband read it first!! :-)

Jeffrey Archer, storyteller extraordinaire, has written the perfect antidote to combat the current blistering heat and soul-sucking news coverage. When the book becomes available in early September, grab a copy, a cool drink and find a comfy spot. Once you enter the world of William Warwick you will want to continue reading un
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully naive young man becomes a police constable; along the way, he learns about love, fraud, deceit, murder. By the end he is still delightful, just less innocent. I look forward to the next in the promised series.
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
Casey Wheeler
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads, mystery
This is the first book by the author I have read even though he has been around for quite a while. I decided to read this one as it is the start of a new series revolving around the character of William Warrick. The story takes place in and around London. I was able to quickly pick up on the differences in how they refer to things versus here in America. I also found having watched a number of British show and movies that it was easier to follow the location changes. Overall this was a very enjo ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Nothing Ventured is a typical Jeffrey Archer book - enjoyable, witty and very easy to read. It's a start of a new series and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan publishers for the ARC.
Megan Jones
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister 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 ...more
I'm a little nervous that Jeffrey Archer is starting a new series. I really enjoyed Nothing Ventured, but
Archer says in a note to the reader that he's working on the second, and the progress of the series will depend on his longevity. Archer is 79.

The new series is set in the 1980s. Archer says it's a story of a detective, not a detective story.

William Warwick's father, a criminal barrister, always hoped his son would join him in his practice. But, from the age of eight, William knew he wanted t
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Warwick has wanted to be a detective since childhood and solving the case of the missing Mars bar. Much to the dismay of his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC.

After graduating from university and two years on the beat under the tutelage of seasoned copper Fred Yates, William finds himself as part of the Art and Antiquities division at Scotland Yard. Quickly embroiled in a high-stakes case William must find his feet as a fledgling detective whilst trying to save one of the worlds most pricele
Buddy Gott
Prior to this novel, the only Jeffrey Archer novel I'd read was Kane & Abel. I loved that one and always intended to read more by him, but I just never got around to it. When I saw that Nothing Ventured was the first book in a new series by him, I was anxious to give it a try.

After finishing the book, I glanced at some reviews by other readers of it to see if other people felt the way I did about it. It seems as if I'm in the minority of people who were not overly impressed by the book.

I li
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In one word: An Excellent read. Jeffrey Archer continues to be a master story-teller. Unlike many other authors, who get books 'ghost written' by others, Jeffrey Archer continues to turn-out quality books.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a arc e book from Net Galley for my i pad. I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good story to it. I have read other books by this author and liked them too.
Hannelore Cheney
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the eARC.
This is the first in a new series featuring William Warwick whose dream has always been to join the police force, much to the dismay of his father, a distinguished barrister. I'm the late 1970's William ends up as a DC on Scotland Yard's Art & Antiques team. There are two main cases: the disappearance of a famous Rembrandt and an antique silver coin scam. While trying to find the Rembrandt, William meets the woman he will probably end u
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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Years ago I enjoyed reading a few of Jeffrey Archer’s books, including Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less and Kane and Able. Archer is a prolific author, but I haven’t read any of his later books or his diaries about his time in prison. But I was interested when I saw that he had started a new series about William Warwick – Nothing Ventured. It is the first in the series of books following William’s progress from detective constable to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

It is indeed, a
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up.
This is another well established but new author to me and another back catalogue to add to my ever growing TBR. In this series opener, we are introduced to William Warwick. Son of a prodigious QC he shuns the chance of following in his footsteps as, since an early age, he has a hankering to join the Metropolitan Police Force. We see the bargain he strikes with his family when he decides to follow this path, through University, studying Art History, and as he takes his first
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite his father’s objections, William Warwick eschews reading law at Oxford [as his father had done] and earns a degree in art history at King’s College London. Then he attends Hendon Police College and joins London’s Metropolitan Police Force after graduation. As a probationer at Lambeth Station, William works a beat with Constable Fred Yates, a twenty-eight-year veteran who would become his mentor.

After some eighteen months on the beat, William becomes a neophyte detective in Scotland Yard
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the William Warwick series by Jeffery Archer.

This felt like a community story more than a single man searching for the truth. He is a very agile minded man who could have been a lawyer like his sister and father but instead chose to be a detective. He is quickly pulled into the art and antiquities section when he notices by happenstance that the painting his fellow officers have recovered was indeed a fake.

William meets Beth and is immediately enamored with her
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Nothing Ventured,” by Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's Press, 336 pages, Sept. 3, 2019.

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective rather than become a lawyer like his father, Sir Julian Warwick. After college, he joins London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

He starts as a patrol officer, a job he has to hold for two years before he can take the detective’s exam. His training officer is Constable Fred Yates. He takes the exam, but before he gets the results, he is ordered to go to Scotland Yard
Gail Smith
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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 n ...more
Mary C
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Jeffrey Archer’s previous books will find all the usual elements in his story-telling in this “first in a new series” novels. For those who haven’t read any of his work before, this is not a bad place to start. As in Archer’s previous books, deaths, even murders, are not blood-spattered, romances and relationships are formed quickly and easily (as are enemies, come to that), and there are clearly defined good guys and bad guys. The narrative moves along quickly and, for the most part, wi ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing Ventured is described as NOT a detective story but as a story of a detective in the making. Perhaps therein lies the rub. This book was a bit more simplistic, in all aspects, than the books I have previously read by Jeffrey Archer. It had a sort of “Golly Gee Whiz” (although in a very British way) feel about it.

Sir Julian Warwick, a jurist who has made a brilliant career of defending villains of the worst order, has high hopes that his son will follow him at his old college reading law a
William Warwick had wanted to be in law enforcement since he was 8 years old, much to the dismay of his father, an attorney. After completing his study of Art History at London University, William begins work as a beat cop. After two years, he is able to become a detective, and is assigned to a specialized unit, Art and Antiquities, where he participates in an investigation of a ring that steals valuable paintings, and then makes deals with the insurance companies. Currently the unit is focused ...more
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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