Detective William Warwick Books in Order By Jeffrey Archer
Accept nothing, Believe no one, Challenge everything. It’s the only law I live by.
― Jeffrey Archer, Nothing Ventured
- Nothing Ventured (2019)
- Hidden in Plain Sight (2020)
- Turn a Blind Eye (2021)
- Over My Dead Body (2021)
- Next in Line (2022)
- Traitors Gate (Exp.2023)
An Intro to Detective William Warwick
Detective William Warwick joined the police force as a constable in 1970 after leaving university. We follow him through the decades as he slowly rises through the ranks. We follow through his life as he works his way to the top, juggling family life and on the constant chase to help bring down Miles Faulkner.
This is not a detective story, but a story about a detective.
The series has been published in 40 different languages, with over 5 million books sold worldwide.
Who is Jeffrey Archer
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare was born on 15th of April in 1940. He is an English novelist, life peer, former politician and a convicted criminal. Before he became an author, Archer was a politician and served as a Member of Parliament for Louth in Lincolnshire for the conservative party from 1969-1974. He did not seek re-election due to a financial scandal that had left him almost bankrupt. He was able to revive his fortunes as a novelist. Kane and Abel remains one of the best-selling books in the world, with an estimated 34 million copies sold worldwide; altogether, his books have sold more than 320 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 33 different languages.
He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist who specialises in solar power.
Watson. He didn’t wait for Nicky to recover before he added, ‘I’m beginning to think, Miss Bailey, that in fact it was you who stole the ring
― Jeffrey Archer, Turn a Blind Eye
Detective William Warwick series is best read in the publication order, as they all follow on from each other, with an ever on-going storyline for a lot of the main characters. For an added bonus, it would be good to read through The Clifton Chronicles first as you will find some familiar faces popping up inside of this series.
WARNING: There will be spoilers for some of the books mentioned. These are taken from the official descriptions but can sometimes spoil huge parts of previous books. So please be careful!
1. Nothing Ventured (2019)
Detective William Warwick #1
87,450 words, 320 pages, 34 chapters, 5hrs 50mins
2,572 average words per chapter, 9.4 average pages per chapter
Published by St. Martin’s Press
3.92 out of 5 on Goodreads
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?
2. Hidden in Plain Sight (2020)
Detective William Warwick #2
76,460 words, 295 pages, 28 chapters, 5hrs 5mins
2,730 average words per chapter, 10.5 average pages per chapter
Published by St. Martin’s Press
4.02 out of 5 on Goodreads
William Warwick has been promoted to Detective Sergeant, but his promotion means that he, along with the rest of his team, have been reassigned to the Drugs Squad. They are immediately tasked with apprehending Khalil Rashidi, a notorious drug dealer, who operates his extensive network out of South London.
As the investigation progresses, William runs into enemies old and new: Adrian Heath, from his school days, now a street dealer who he convinces to turn informer; and financier Miles Faulkner, who makes a mistake that could finally see him put behind bars. Meanwhile, William and his fiancée Beth enjoy making preparations for their upcoming wedding, though an unpleasant surprise awaits them at the altar.
As William’s team closes the net around a criminal network like none they have ever faced before, he devises a trap they would never expect, one that is hidden in plain sight . . .
3. Turn a Blind Eye (2021)
Detective William Warwick #3
89,650 Words, 342 pages, 32 chapters, 6hrs
2,801 average words per chapter, 10.6 average pages per chapter
Published by St. Martin’s Press
4.17 out of 5 on Goodreads
Newly promoted to Detective Inspector, William Warwick is tasked with a dangerous new line of work, to go undercover and expose crime of another kind: corruption at the heart of the Metropolitan Police Force. Along with detectives Rebecca Pankhurst and Nicky Bailey, his team is focused on following Detective Jerry Summers, a young officer whose lifestyle exceeds his income. But the investigation risks being compromised when Nicky falls for Summers.
Meanwhile, notorious drug baron Ahmed Rashidi goes on trial, defended by Booth Watson QC, while William’s father Sir Julian and sister Grace lead the prosecution case. And William’s wife Beth, now a new mother to twins, makes a surprising new friend in Christina Faulkner–the ex-wife of William’s former rival, criminal financier Miles – who has not only turned over a new leaf, but also has a new-found source of income when Faulkner dies suddenly of a heart attack and she stands to be sole inheritor of his estate.
As the undercover officers start to draw the threads together, William realizes that the corruption may go deeper still, and more of his colleagues than he first thought might be willing to turn a blind eye.
4. Over My Dead Body (2021)
Detective William Warwick #4
91,060 Words, 375 pages, 30 chapters, 6hrs 5mins
3,035 average words per chapter, 12.5 average pages per chapter
Published by HarperCollins
4.08 out of 5 on Goodreads
THE CLOCK IS TICKING IN THIS ROLLERCOASTER RIDE OF A THRILLER…
In London, the Metropolitan Police set up a new Unsolved Murders Unit—a cold case squad—to catch the criminals nobody else can.
In Geneva, millionaire art collector Miles Faulkner—convicted of forgery and theft—was pronounced dead two months ago. So why is his unscrupulous lawyer still representing a dead client?
On a luxury liner en route to New York, the battle for power at the heart of a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder.
And at the heart of all three investigations are Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick, rising star of the department, and ex-undercover agent Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold.
But can they catch the killers before it’s too late?
5. Next in Line (2022)
Detective William Warwick #5
97,190 Words, 388 pages, 37 chapters, 6hrs 30mins
2,626 average words per chapter, 10.4 average pages per chapter
Published by HarperColins
4.21 out of 5 on Goodreads
London, 1988. Royal fever sweeps the nation as Britain falls in love with the ‘people’s princess’.
Which means for Scotland Yard, the focus is on the elite Royalty Protection Command, and its commanding officer. Entrusted with protecting the most famous family on earth, they quite simply have to be the best. A weak link could spell disaster.
Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick and his Scotland Yard squad are sent in to investigate the team. Maverick ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan is charged with a very sensitive―and unique―responsibility. But it soon becomes clear the problems in Royalty Protection are just the beginning. A renegade organization has the security of the country―and the Crown―in its sights. The only question is which target is next in line…
6. Traitors Gate (2023)
Detective William Warwick #6
95,785 Words, 384 pages, 6hrs 25mins
Published by HarperCollins
4.00 out of 5 on Goodreads
THE TOWER OF LONDON…
Impenetrable. Well protected. Secure. Home to the most valuable jewels on earth. But once a year, when the Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament, the Metropolitan Police must execute the most secret operation in their armory as they transport the Crown Jewels across London. SCOTLAND YARD…
For decades, the elite squad at Scotland Yard have been in charge of the operation. And for decades, it’s run like clockwork. THE HEIST…
But this year, everything is about to change. Because a master criminal has set his sights on pulling off the most outrageous theft in history―and with a man on the inside, the odds are in his favor. Unless the team can stop him before it’s too late…
Divorce never. Murder several times.
― Jeffrey Archer, Hidden in Plain Sight
Detective William Warwick is full of compelling and colourful characters, with some appearances from his earlier series The Clifton Chronicles. Each of the books raises the stakes, with constant developing characters and an overarching story it makes for some fun reading.
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Total Word Count in Detective William Warwick Books and More!
- Total words: 537,595 words
- Total pages: 2,104 pages
- Total chapters: 161 chapters (Not including book 6)
- Total reading time: 35hrs 50mins
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