What’s happening in Redimere, Maine

Remote? Yes
Quiet? You bet



NNBNfinalcoversmallA grisly discovery in the woods of Redimere, Maine, resurrects Police Chief Pete Novotny’s old case of a missing boy—just one of the ghosts that haunts the town in the seond of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. As Pete struggles with demons both old and new, newspaper editor Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea’s life is complicated by the sudden appearance of her brother, who has secrets of his own. Everyone in Redimere was hoping things would quiet down after the tragic summer of  Cold Hard News, but as late fall fades into winter, Bernie, Pete and the town are once again pulled into a deadly web of deceit and terror.

Available from S&H Publishing, on Amazon in both print, and Kindle formats, and all other digital formats, including Nook and iBooks. Ask for it in your local bookstore!

The digital audio version is available from Audible, ACX and iBooks.

“This book has been indelibly etched into my brain…You will love this book and not want to put it down.” — Monica Dahovonosky, “Monica Reads,” InDepth NH

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Milliken “is an inventive, imaginative storyteller.” Frank O. Smith, Maine Sunday Telegram

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“Maureen Milliken has written a terrific mystery!” — Marilyn’s Mystery Reads

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“I fully agree with another of my favorite authors, Kate Flora, who wrote that Maureen, ‘a seasoned reporter, has a finely honed ability to capture the essence of rural Maine – the culture, the gossip, the way everyone knows too much (or thinks they do) about other’s lives. I love the complexity and depth of her well-drawn imperfect characters.’ ” — George Smith, Bangor Daily News

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 “Milliken is a good storyteller and Bernie O’Dea is a terrific character.”  — Deb Baker, Bookconscious

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NO NEWS IS BAD NEWS audio edition
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No News is Bad News audio sample




Maureen Milliken talks about books, writing, Maine, and everything else.
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Don’t miss out on COLD HARD NEWS
The first in the Bernie O’Dea mystery series


When the snowbanks in a small Maine town start to melt, the town’s secrets begin to emerge.

Bernie O’Dea, the editor of the Peaks Weekly Watcher, is jazzed to finally have a big story to cover when a body is found in a melting snowbank. But as spring turns into a long, hot, explosive summer in Redimere, Maine, the story gets bigger — maybe too big for Bernie to handle.

As secrets are revealed, the town is ripped in half and the body count rises, Bernie is forced to question her part in the town’s tragic tale, a part that may cost her and others their lives.

The audio version of Cold Hard News is available on Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes. Here’s a sample:


Order  COLD HARD NEWS in print or ebook directly from S&H Publishing by clicking the logo, or ask your local bookstore or library to order it from the publisher or through Ingram.


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Cold Hard News in the news & reviews


Journalism, shootings and the news: Cold Hard News

Manchester, N.H., reporter and website editor Carol Robidoux, of Manchester Ink Link published a Q & A on the journalism angles of Cold Hard News and some events in NH that inspired the story.
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Bushnell on Books review

Maine book review Bill Bushnell reviews Cold Hard News:

Maine reportedly has the lowest crime rate in the nation, but Maine mystery writers love to stack up dead bodies at an alarming pace in seemingly idyllic small towns. And the Franklin County town of Redimere has a murder rate to rival Baltimore. Cold Hard News is the first book in a new mystery series by Maureen Milliken, a local newspaper editor with a keen nose for news, clues and solid storytelling.