Nothing Ventured

Book Review – Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer

Anybody who knows me will know what a massive fan of Jeffrey Archer I am. I’ve been reading his books for years now and his writing never fails to surprise me. When I heard that he was releasing a new series I was ecstatic! So imagine my joy when Pan Macmillan India emailed asking for my address because they wanted to send me a proof copy of his latest book to read and review. Thank you so much Pan Macmillan India for sending me this book. I cannot stop thanking you because you had made a girl very happy.

About the Book

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 fledgeling 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?

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Crime and Thriller, Contemporary Fiction, Detective Fiction
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Date Of Publication: 05th September 2019
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Proof from publisher

Let me start off by saying Nothing Ventured is Book 01 of the William Warwick series which is based on Archers bestselling The Cliffton Chronicles series of books. I haven’t read The Cliffton Chronicles yet but I do plan on reading them soon.

There are really have no words that I can use to describe this book apart from it being really good. I haven’t read that much of Detective Fiction before so this was a first. Jeffrey Archer never fails to surprise me with the way he writes. Each page leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Soon enough you catch yourself reading for hours at a stretch.

Nothing Ventured tells us the story of William Warwick. After spotting a mistake on his very first day on the force he is thrown head-first into the world of art thievery. What follows is a great tale of not only the cases that he has to work on but also the story of his life and how his work affects the personal relationships that he forms.

Nothing Ventured is the story of a detective. There are many side cases that we see William solving apart from the main case. It gives us an insight into the workings of a detective squad in Scotland Yard. There is office banter that keeps you in splits as well as serious courtroom scenes that keep you at the edge of your seat.

And the last line? Can we talk about the very last line in the book? Thank goodness this is only book number one in the series because I need to know how the story progresses on from here.

Nothing Ventured did start out a little slow (which made me put the book down for a week or so) but once the plot picked up the pace I couldn’t put the book down! I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely! Nothing Ventured is a great book to pick up if you haven’t read any of Jeffrey Archer’s books before. And while you’re at it, you can check out As The Crow Flies and Heads You Win too.

About The Author

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. He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power. Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short-story writer.

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Book Review: Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer

7 thoughts on “Book Review – Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer”

  1. “And the last line? Can we talk about the very last line in the book?” Oh dear. OH, dear. This made me smile so much with excitement. Books that have a fantastic last line are so hard to come by. (I remember finding my first one when I used to read the first and last line of the book before starting the read. Dark times.) Great review!

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