Ann Bloxwich

What Goes Around

"Bloxwich is a new shining light in the crime arena!"


Vicky Wilson is dating Ray Diamond, legendary stripper and renowned bad boy. She goes backstage to see him during a show with friends and disappears.

When a woman’s body is found behind the club, DI Alex Peachey and his team are called in to find out who killed Vicky. But with his home life in turmoil, delving into the adult entertainment industry is the last thing he needs, especially with a case as complex as a spider's web. But due to his colleague’s sudden illness he doesn't have a choice.

Ray Diamond claims he’s being framed. His complete disregard for others means there are a lot of people who would love to see him fall from his pedestal. The question is, does anyone hate him enough to push him? And will DI Peachey be able to prove him culpable of murder before he strikes again?

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As soon as I started reading ‘What Goes Around’, the pages flew by. Bloxwich gets struck straight in and her story flies. What I loved were the vast arrangement of characters, some you could cheer on and some boo, like Ray Diamond who has to be the most despicable and divisive human being who has no compunction about being under-hand to get his own way. But would he stoop low enough to murder? Bloxwich marvellously see-saws that question throughout her narrative whilst putting the spotlight on others involved in the drama. My favourite is the drag queen, Kitty McLane and I hope we haven’t seen the last of her. What Bloxwich does superbly is bring her characters alive. Her ear for dialogue for a debut is sublime and assured. With each character I could hear their voice and know who was talking as Bloxwich gave them definite individual voices. Not all writers can write dialogue fluidly, without it feeling forced, but Bloxwich does that here perfectly. Another part of the book that stands out is how Bloxwich shows the personal lives of her cast. She bravely puts in her own experience of caring for a disabled child with Asperger’s which at times can be uncomfortable reading, but brings a depth to the lives of DI Alex Peachey and his wife, Jayne. You can tell this is writing from the heart and soul of the author. This adds another dimension to the central character. ‘What Goes Around’ is an outstanding debut with a standout cast, a plot that keeps you guessing and is as fast as a drag queen’s on-stage patter! I look forward to the next book. Bloxwich is a new shining light in the crime arena!

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