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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.

I was provided a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

It had been a while since I picked up a Jeffrey Archer book, so when I saw the chance to read a brand new one, I did not hesitate. And like always, the book left me filled with awe. Nothing Ventured follows the making of William Warwick as we witness his journey from a trainee police officer to detective constable in the arts & antique squad of Scotland yard.

The Positive

I found the book extremely enthralling and exciting despite the fact that it’s more of a mild detective story than the other more intense ones. There were various cases that our main character was handling throughout the book, which to my surprise, worked out really well. It almost felt like I was witnessing the working of a real crime department. The first fifty or so pages were a bit slow but after that I found it really difficult to put the book down. The suspense involving a lot of the things going on in the book kept me on the edge of my seat.

Nothing Ventures also kind of develops into a two-fold courtroom drama towards the end and personally that part was my favorite. It was superbly done and it felt as if I was transported to that court itself. Jefferey Archer also managed to pique my interest in ancient artwork. It was a very novel experience for me to read about it and I never thought that it’d be something that would enhance my curiosity, but it did!

The characters in the book were incredibly smart (even the main villain of the book- Miles Faulker) and well developed. I found William Warwick quite likable, humble and different than any other detectives I’ve known. However there is an incident in the book which lessened the amount of fondness I had for him. I found the family dynamic of his family very interesting. Grace, his sister, is probably my favorite among them. I hope to learn more about her in the next books.

And lastly, that ending.

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The last sentence itself is a testament to the author’s genius storytelling. I did not see that coming. It has has an incredible plot twist as well as a cliffhanger which will leave you wanting the sequel right away.

The Negative

I was not a huge fan of the romance or the romantic interest in the book. Which is quite alright since it’s not the main focus. However it still felt underdeveloped to me. Perhaps we’ll get more dynamic in the next books. I had also a teeny tiny issue with the plot feeling bland at times. But as a whole, Nothing Ventured was an amazing read. And every detective-book lover should definitely pick it up.

4/5 stars

Hello. So a mini life update : I graduated High school! But I have my exams from 27th Feb so I’ll be not active here, or anywhere. I hope ya’ll are good ❤ What have you been reading lately? Tell me about it! I’d love to have an extensive tbr once I come back, haha.

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