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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 Bernie’s debut in 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.

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

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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, Amazon and iTunes. Here’s a sample:


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Cold Hard News in the news & reviews

Maine Sunday Telegram review by Frank O Smith

I thoroughly enjoyed “Cold Hard News.” I plan to snatch up the next book in Milliken’s planned crime series. Milliken is not only a strong writer but greatly imaginative. And O’Dea and Novotny are an inventive pairing, destined to continue to get in each other’s business — and into each other’s hearts.
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New Hampshire Sunday News review by Deb Baker

Milliken’s writing is solid, with enough twists to keep readers guessing, realistic dialogue and no over-telling. If you like small-town mysteries or you’re interested in the newspaper business, you’ll want to try Cold Hard News. – Read the full review
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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.

Cold Hard News and Maine

Maine outdoors writer and news analyst George Smith featured Cold Hard News on his blog, May 28.

I especially love good dialogue, and there is plenty here. Best of all, you’ll get a real inside look at the newspaper world…I really can’t describe the novel better than popular Maine novelist Paul Doiron does: “Cold Hard News is an extraordinarily accomplished and entertaining debut. Maureen Milliken writes vividly about life in rural Maine and she has created a likable, engaging heroine in reporter Bernie O’Dea. Quick witted and quirky, brave but believable, Bernie is my favorite kind of accidental sleuth.” I agree Paul!
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