Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald Frank O Smith review (Aug. 30, 2015)
The author also is superb at capturing the nuances and unseen tangles of life in a small town. (Bernie) O'Dea is a wonderful character...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 (Police Chief Pete) Novotny are an inventive pairing, destined to continue to get in each other's business -- and into each other's hearts.
New Hampshire Sunday News/Deb Baker review (Aug. 16, 2015):
(Maureen) 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.
Bushnell on Books, Centralmaine.com (Aug. 13, 2015):
Maureen Milliken (is), a local newspaper editor with a keen nose for news, clues and solid storytelling.
George Smith at GeorgeSmithMaine.com (May 28, 2015):
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."
About the Author
Maureen Milliken, author of Cold Hard News, to be released June 6 by S&H Publishing, is news editor of two central Maine daily newspapers.She grew up in Augusta, Maine, and is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.She was first a reporter, then an editor, for newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire before returning to Maine in 2011. Her grandfather and father were also both newspaper editors. Cold Hard News is the first in the Bernie O'Dea mystery series, which reflects not only her love for all that is Maine, but also her lifelong affection for the newspaper industry.She is also the author of two nonfiction books, "Get it Right: A Cranky Editor's Guide to Usage, Grammar and Punctuation," and "The Afterlife Survey" (Adams Media, 2011).