Nothing Ventured

Nothing Ventured

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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: 9781250240132
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: William Warwick Novels , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 129,274
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.85(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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months 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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
PattySmith87 7 months ago
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 enforcement. This story is basically about an art heist with a ring of thieves involved. Warwick meets a pretty girl, Beth, who works as the curator of the museum. Her father happens to be mixed up in the art theft and is in prison for murder, but Beth claims he is innocent. There is a lot riding on the department to solve this crime so William can’t afford to split his loyalties. As things heat up, there is only a small window of time before the real painting will be lost forever. This was okay for me. I liked all the characters very much and would love to continue reading about Warwick’s adventures. The supporting characters were equally strong and kept the story interesting. His father and sister, both attorneys, were key players as well as Beth as his love interest and I would hope they would be included in future books. The story was well written with lots of action and with the sequence of events leading to an exciting finish. Some of the elements I didn’t necessarily jive with. Either I thought they clouded the story or they were out of character. One small one, as an example, is when William sleeps with the rich wife so that he can get his hands on the painting. Everything, up to that point, showed William to be a stand-up guy. He even felt like he had to be honest with his boss that he was getting serious with Beth when he thought he might have a conflict in the investigation. So there were things that just didn’t make any sense. I also don’t know why it was necessary for the story to have him sleep with the woman. A few of those affected my feeling overall about the book. However, I still enjoyed it as a mystery and would look forward to reading the next in the series.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I look forward to the rest of the Willam Warwick series
Anonymous 8 months 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 3 days ago
3.5. A solid Archer read! I loved it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Slow start but picked up and was very enjoyable. I look forward to the next installment. I have been a fan of Archer since I read Kane and Able he rarely disappoints.
Denice_L 5 months ago
The Clifton Chronicles set a standard for family drama, allowing us to follow several generations through history. This is the first book in Jeffrey Archer's new family drama. In this first installation, we meet the main characters and learn the beginning of the story line that will take us into the conflict of wills that challenge family dynamics while changing history. If you compare this book to the first book in the Clifton Chronicles, you'll find the same exciting future for Nothing Ventured. Jeffrey Archer is back on my "watch list" for new titles!
Anonymous 5 months ago
EileenHutton 6 months ago
Fans of Lord Archer’s Clifton Chronicles will rejoice at this new series based on the adventure of William Warwick. The first installment, Nothing Ventured, starts as William leaves university and joins the Metropolitan Police. After his stint on a beat, he takes the detective exam, and because of his Art History degree, is assigned to the art squad. This new series is sure to win new fans for Jeffrey Archer. Highly recommended.
3no7 6 months ago
“Nothing Ventured” by Jeffry Archer expands the background of William Warwick a reader favorite from Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. This is not a detective story; this is a story about a detective. Warwick is a detective with a rich history and a complicated career. “Nothing Ventured” opens when Warwick leaves school and, much to his father’s dismay, decides he wants to join the Metropolitan Police rather than become a pupil in his father’s chambers. Readers follow Warwick’s life and the varied and interesting cast of characters who cross his path, some good, some not so good, as he becomes a detective and eventually transfers to New Scotland Yard. Archer brings Warwick to life for readers through the detailed background of Warwick’s education, training, and early work on the police force. The narrative is filled with cordial, friendly, family conversations about the present, the future, and the state of the government. The style is sociable, flowing, easy to read, and compelling. Archer develops a lasting relationship between readers and Warwick. Warwick knows he is fortunate to have a supportive family. At work, he is just ordinary guy doing ordinary things, having lunch, compromising with parents, conversing with friends watching his budget, and looking for bargains. He certainly does not share with colleagues that he attended one of England’s leading public schools, or that he has a degree in Art History from King’s College London, and he positively does not mention anything about his father’s occupation. He walks, takes the tube, and watches James Bond movies. He is both ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. He worries about what to wear and what wine to drink, but can immediately spot a forged art masterpiece. Readers follow him into the dark world of Art and Antiquities theft when he starts working at New Scotland Yard. This is a world where insurance companies ransom their stolen paintings, and forgers create everything from fake Rembrandts to counterfeit first edition books. Opportunities for criminals seem to be unlimited in an arena where people with too much time and money on their hands need an expensive hobby. Archer creates a character-driven mystery that encompasses the world of art, the work of police, and the drama of court. It builds in intensity, and keeps readers turning the pages through twists and turns, triumphs and tragedies. I received a review copy of “Nothing Ventured” from Jeffry Archer and St Martin’s Press. Warwick is set to do battle against all manner of criminal elements, and is certain to become an enduring new character for Archer and eager readers.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is clearly the beginning of a new series by Jeffrey Archer, one of the best storytellers in current fiction. The lead character is William Warwick, son of Sir Julian Warwick, a famous barrister in London, but rather than following in his father’s footsteps, he is bound and determined to become a police detective. We meet William as he has been accepted into the police department and his first two years find him partnered with a wise veteran approaching retirement, Fred Yates. When Fred is killed on duty on his late day with the department, William becomes even more committed - and is recognized as an up and comer. He is assigned to work with Scotland Yard and becomes involved in the Art and Antiques unit where his education helps him to become deeply and importantly involved in a case of art theft and more. And he meets Beth Rainsforth, assistant curator at an art museum, as he investigates (I only mention this here as she will surely become a central character in future volumes). With two interrelated plot lines, Archer once again has told a story that will evolve into more books in the future. He may not be the best writer in the world, but he is surely one of the best storytellers. My appreciation to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this ARC.
BuddyG 7 months ago
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 liked it well enough, but I never felt like I loved it. Actually, let me change that. I didn't even like it all that much. Sure, it's well-written and there is a decent story, but it just didn't connect with me. I felt that things often came a little too easily for the main character. I saw another reviewer say that they didn't think there was enough conflict in this story. I totally agree. While I don't see myself reading any more books in this series, I am still interested in trying out Archer's other series, The Clifton Chronicles, which I know has a loose connection to this new series. Despite me not enjoying Nothing Ventured, I still think Jeffrey Archer is a very good writer and I want to read more by him. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
CynB 7 months 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.
lovestoread17 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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.