The second in the Bernie O’Dea mystery series


A 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.

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“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 available
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coldhardnewscoverWhen the snow starts to melt, a small Maine town’s secrets begin to emerge…

The first in the Bernie O’Dea mystery series.

Available from S&H Publishing, Amazon, and all other online outlets, including Nook and iBooks.

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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.


GET IT RIGHT: A Cranky Editor’s Tips on Grammar, Usage, Punctuation and Writing

Is it who’s or whose? What’s the differenget it rightce between an em dash and a hyphen? And why does the phrase “gone missing” drive some editors nuts? One of the greatest gifts we’re given as humans is the ability to express ourselves. On top of it, we’re lucky enough to live in the digital age, when the ability to do that is limited only by our imaginations. Even so, the basic rules of writing that first formed when cavemen put charcoal to wall still exist: If your message isn’t clear, no one is going to listen. This is true whether you’re writing a novel or a newspaper story. Many writers are flummoxed by questions that should have simple answers, but don’t seem to. Grammar, word usage, punctuation and style can be daunting. Don’t be afraid, it’s really very simple.

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