Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Review - Nothing Ventured

Title:   Nothing Ventured
Author:  Jeffrey Archer
Series:  William Warwick #1
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   320
Date of Publication:   September 3, 2019
My Rating:   3 Stars


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. 


William Warwick was expected by his father to become a lawyer. Instead he fulfilled his dream to not only become a police officer, but to also become a detective. Joining London's Metropolitan Police Force is the career William began after finishing university. He did not have it easy when he joined Scotland Yard, especially so since his first case involved the high theft art of a Rembrandt painting.

William was assigned this case because of being assigned to the Arts and Antiquities unit. With his excellence in academics, he has an edge when it comes to digging into the background that might be behind the theft. In so doing, it is hoped that he can investigate every clue that he uncovers, no matter how deep he has to dig. 

Having not read the prior, connected series, the Clifton Chronicles, I was not familiar with this bestselling author's style and I definitely believe I have to give this series another chance. Despite the fact that this book didn't fully catch my attention, I am always willing to give a new series a second shot. So, I do look forward to giving Hidden in Plain Sight, which is book two in the William Warwick series, when it is released. 

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer is firmly established, with international sales passing 275 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

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