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Book Reviews A-Z

Here is an alphabetical list of the book reviews I've written. It will only keep growing!

13 TRADITIONAL GHOST STORIES FROM LINCOLNSHIRE by Michael Wray

A WOUNDED WORLD by Crit Kincaid

BEGINNING TIME by Claire Davon

CASTING OFF by P.I. Paris

LIFESONG by Julia Blake

HEBRIDEAN STORM by Libby Paterson

HOW TO GET BLOGGERS TO REVIEW YOU SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE by Knockin' Books

ONLY ONE DEATH by Alexander Crow

VICTORIA'S VICTORIAN VICTORY by Abigail Shepherd

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