Over My Dead Body

by Jeffrey Archer

Part of the William Warwick Novels Series

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LoveReading Expert Review of Over My Dead Body

With a back catalogue of well over forty titles across a range of genres, Jeffrey Archer has once again come up with a superbly thrilling tale that will leave you breathless with admiration.

In an age of publishing that is obsessed with sales figures, Archer’s writing statistics, 275 million copies published in 97 countries, are not only hugely impressive and utterly enviable but more importantly, hard earned and thoroughly deserved.

They are the incontestable evidence that he is a supremely gifted storyteller, whose talent for narrative and character has been honed and applied many times over in the crafting of fully immersive stories that delight his armies of readers, and Over My Dead Body, is no exception.

In this fourth outing for Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick (not including his appearance in the Clifton Chronicles series) we are take through various investigations that take us onboard a luxury liner and into the often murky world of art dealing, Archer deftly moves between scenes and worlds to deliver a master class in how to structure a story and populate it with characters that are instantly recognisable and wonderfully drawn.

All the qualities that we have come to expect from Jeffery’s books are here; wonderful, fully drawn characters  (you are going to love James Buchanan!) the sense that he really does know of what he writes (his attention to detail when researching his books is legendary) and that he really cares about crafting his stories in an interview with him, he explained that he writes all his early drafts long hand and reworks them many, many times until everything is just right.

But here’s the thing, he once told me, with tears in his eyes, just how much he appreciate his readers and how hard he works to make each story as good as he can make it, to create as enjoyable a read as possible. Over My Dead Body is no exception and is a fabulous addition to the extraordinary canon of a supreme storyteller.

Paul Blezard

Over My Dead Body Synopsis

An unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer.


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 within 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 Met, and ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold.

But can they catch the killers before it's too late? 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008474317
Publication date: 26th May 2022
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Over My Dead Body Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

A rollicking good adventure featuring William Warwick in fine fettle. A new Jeffrey Archer that will entertain you from the first to the last page.

What a pleasure reading a book that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go!
Jeffrey Archer's book Over My Dead Body opens with one of the best first chapters I have read in a long time. It then proceeds at an exciting gallop, never letting up on the game of cat and mouse. I enjoyed it enormously and couldn't put it down, revelling in how clever the plot unfolded. There are 3 sub-plots which are also resolved in a most satisfactory way and the book altogether delivers enjoyment and relaxation at the same time! You are never worried that the bad guys will outwit the very clever two main characters, Inspector William Warwick and his colleague Ross Hogan.
The pace never slackens and one's interest is maintained throughout.
It's clear that quite a lot of research went into the writing of this book, in matters such as for instance, art theft and also details about the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Lots of interesting facts relayed here.
Labelling it as 'gripping and thrilling in equal measure' is a very accurate description.
It is Jeffery Archer on top form and I can highly recommend it for entertaining reading.

elize ferner

Captivating and engaging and it went at a good pace for me

This is my first book I have read from Jeffrey Archer and I now want to read all of his past books. I found this one captivating and engaging and it went at a good pace for me. I loved the sound of the story it is all about murder and betrayal and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I felt as though I was going on the journey with them trying to solve the case with Detective Inspector William Warwick. I think the characters really made this book a fantastic thriller that weaves in and out and you never know what will happen on the next page. I look forward to reading more of Jeffrey's books especially if they are just as good as this one was.

Hannah Symonds

A roller coaster ride of murder and mayhem.

Jeffrey Archer never disappoints. What a story teller he is. I devoured this book in just two days. I couldn't put it down. Several separate stories skillfully woven together and an ending leaving you wanting more, which there obviously will be. We haven't heard the end of Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick and I for one can't wait for the next installment.

Celia Cohen

A fun read, twists and turns, can Warwick save the day in his new role with a new team? As good as the rest of the series so far.

Chief Inspector William Warwick is having a well-earned rest sailing to New York on the Alden. However, his rest is short-lived when there is a murder on board. Back home, he has been chosen to head up a new unit in the Met for unsolved cases. He has a crack team with a late arrival - DI Hogan who has been undercover for several years. Will he fit into the team having been almost his own master for so long? They work on four old cases but have the leads gone cold or will they be able to wrap them up? There are some surprises along the way. Miles Faulkner is still in the frame and always seems to stay one step ahead of our boys in blue, but can William and Hogan catch up? The mole on the team must earn their money but are they all they seem? With plenty of surprises along the way, this is a fun read.
It's been many years since I have read any Jeffrey Archer books. The twists and turns in the plots still push you to the edge of your seat. It is a bit long-winded in places but quickly gets back on track. I will be reading the previous 3 in the series as I'm sure there are a few things that would make more sense if I had. James Bond and ‘Wallace of the Secret Service’ have some competition.


Great read. Full of twists and turns.

This book is gripping right from the beginning.
Inspector William Warwick is on a cruise and one of the vacationers dies. Warwick suspects foul play, but before he can examine the body, he realizes it has been buried at sea. Apparently, he requested this. Curious? Yes, and Inspector Warwick wants to find out what happened. He has lots of help in trying to find out if it really was murder.
Meanwhile, other murders occur. His team works endlessly trying to solve the murders, especially one that involves someone who they all thought was dead and buried. They do a lot of traveling to find out the answers to their questions. His wife is also very helpful in solving the cases.
There are many twists and turns in this story and keeps you thinking all the way through the story. Great read.

Diana Mason

Another gripping story by Jeffrey Archer.

This is the 4th book in the William Warwick stories and continues to be a book that you do not want to put down. Jeffrey Archer takes us through the twists and turns - some you expect and some you don’t - but whichever it takes you into the continued pursuit from William into his clever adversary. With a new team, several cold cases and never knowing who’s side people are on then will they be able to resolve everything. Time will tell but you will be held to the very end.

Cathy Small

A cracking yarn!

As usual for Jeffrey Archer, this is a real page turner which will keep the reader interested until the very end. It's a really good yarn which moves along at a cracking pace yet still manages to keep the threads of the story easy to follow. I also like the techniques he uses to tell the story. The only issue I have with this book is that I find the characters a bit one-dimensional so it's hard to like or dislike them other than through their actions. I've been a Jeffrey Archer fan for a good many years and always look forward to his latest book.

Pauline Elizabeth Braisher

DCI William Warwick starts a well-needed holiday aboard a cruise ship. However, things are not going to be as relaxing and straight-forward as he hopes.

I must admit I am quite a fan of Jeffrey Archer's previous books, so was quite excited to read this one.

It centres around DCI Warwick and is actually fourth in a series featuring this Detective. However, I have not read the previous three and this didn't impact on my enjoyment at all (though I will probably now go back and read them).

There are seemingly several stories going on simultaneously, but it is not too complicated or difficult to understand, whilst being interesting and engaging.

DCI Warwick and is wife are aboard a luxury cruiser and heading for New York on holiday when a suspicious death occurs on the ship. This obviously absorbs the detective and he is also asked to head up a Cold Case Unit back in the UK and at the same time is trying to track down an elusive ex con who supposedly passed away, but DCI has suspicions about this also.

There are some likeable characters, including a not altogether 'above board' undercover policeman Ross Hogan. Also, the detective himself, which is why I would like to go back and find out more about him.

As I say, this book can be enjoyed on its own and is a really good read.

Sally Jane Doel

A great page turner, which has made me look out the other books in the series.

I have been a fan of Jeffery Archer for many years, but had never read any of the William Warwick series, so looked forward to reading this.
William Warwick is a down to earth copper that is never allowed to get above his station by his wife Beth, who is just as intelligent and successful as he is.
The story is well written and motors along at a sensible pace, never letting you get bored.
There are many different small sub plots within the main plot, they are all crafted brilliantly.
A great page turner, which has made me look out the other books in the series.

Maz Tucker

A fast paced thriller of a book with lots of twists and turns

Although he has written a large number of books, this was the first book I had read by Jeffrey Archer, so I was excited to get the opportunity to read it. It was only after starting it, I realised it was book four in the series, however I don’t feel that I missed out on anything by not reading the others.

This is the latest book featuring William Warwick who has recently been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector within the Met Police. He has been tasked with heading up an unsolved murders unit and along with working on these he is trying to track down Miles Faulkner a millionaire art collector who is eluding him at every turn.

There is a lot going on in this book, with an array of characters but this adds to the enjoyment and keeps you on the edge of your seat. In the beginning, it was slightly confusing but then I got into it, and it started to come together, with the twists and turns masking it a compelling read.

I look forward to reading more of this series!

Nicola Coen

Jeffrey Archer Press Reviews

Praise for Jeffrey Archer:

'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age' Mail on Sunday

'Peerless master of the page turner' Daily Mail

'If there were a Nobel Prize for storytelling, Archer would win' Daily Telegraph

'Archer is a master entertainer' Time

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About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University, where as a world-class sprinter he represented Great Britain in international competition. He became the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1969, was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, and was elevated to the House of Lords in 1992. All of his novels -- from 1974's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to 1991's As the Crow Flies -- have been international bestsellers. Mr. Archer is married, has two children, and lives in London and Cambridge, England.Photograph © Terry O’Neill

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