2017-10-06 / Community

South Portland author to feature book

Join the South Portland Public Library for an Author Talk with local author Maureen Milliken at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Main Library. She is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. The latest book in the series, “No News is Bad News,” was released in July.

“No News is Bad News” picks up where Milliken’s previous book, “Cold Hard News” left off. 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 second 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.

Milliken grew up in Augusta. She is a former journalist, most recently as editor of the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, and a former columnist for the Sentinel, Kennebec Journal and its website. She has more than 30 years under her belt at daily newspapers in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She now lives in South Portland, devotes her time to mystery writing and keeps a wary eye on the woods and snow banks. The Bernie O’Dea mystery series reflects not only her love for all that is Maine, but also her lifelong affection for the newspaper industry and fascination with the darker side of life.

Copies of Maureen’s books will be available to purchase at a reception and signing following the event. Friends of the South Portland Public Library sponsor the Author Talk series. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at 767-7660, ext. 2.

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