BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: ‘Cold Hard News’ and ‘The Right-Size Flower Garden’

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COLD HARD NEWS

By Maureen Milliken

S & H Publishing, 2015

302 pages, $ 14.99

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. Her accidental sleuth is Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea, the editor of Redimere’s paper, the “Peaks Weekly Watcher.” Bernie is a former hotshot big-city reporter, now treading lightly through the minefield of small-town politics, snarky gossip and petty rivalries. The biggest story she’s covered so far is the unsolved crime of garbage throwing in town.

Then a dead body is found frozen in a snowplow-created roadside snow berm. This is big news, especially when it is determined that this is not an accidental death. Bernie is single, attractive and never lets the facts get in the way of a good story, so when she pokes around in the victi……………. continues on Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

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