Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer
Nothing Ventured introduces the reader to Detective Constable William Warwick, who is clearly going to appear in more books in the future.
William has wanted to be a detective from a young age, much to the dismay of his barrister farther, Sir Julian Warwick QC. After graduating from university, it is not long before William is following his dream, first as a cop on the beat, and then as a new detective assigned to Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit. Soon he is investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum. William soon comes up against art collector Miles Faulkner, but just what side is Mile’s wife, Christina, really on when she starts up a friendship with the young detective. William also meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery, who he falls in love with quickly – but Beth is hiding a secret that she fears will derail their romance.
This is classic Jeffrey Archer – fabulous storytelling, just the right amount of twists and turns, solid, likeable and believable characters, and in this book, plenty of arts and culture. It’s all very British, but that is another strength of the book, as Jeffrey Archer portrays a society very grounded in its era and class. William is a particularly appealing character, so I will look forward to reading more books featuring this determined detective in the future.
Reviewer: Karen McMillan
Published by Macmillan Publishers