No News Is Bad News by Maureen Milliken

No News Is Good News

They thought he’d been shot by a deer hunter, and his body was butchered just like you’d cut up a deer in the woods, but that grisly discovery was only the beginning in a complex web of intrigue that will keep you reading well into the night.

Maureen Milliken, the editor of the Morning Sentinel newspaper, has created a compelling read in her new novel, No News Is Bad News. Like her first novel, Maureen’s central character is Bernie O’Dea, the editor of a weekly newspaper. She’s surrounded by a lively cast of characters, from a wife beater to a troubled police chief. But when her newly-unemployed brother shows up, the plot gets a lot more complicated.

Did he really kill his girlfriend? And what happened to that kid who disappeared? And whose taking all those drugs in the pill containers spilling out at the transfer station?

Set in Franklin County, there’s a note at the front of the book to ensure that we don’t mistake the town of Redimere as anything but a place in Maureen’s imagination. But I’ve got to say, there’s a lot of reality to what’s going on here.

You have to pay attention as you read, because Maureen bounces back and forth from Pennsylvania to Maine and 2007 to 2009.

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.”

Imperfect, indeed. There are some really bad actors in Redimere. You’ll have to read the novel to find out if any of them are brought to justice.

For more info on Maureen and her writing, go to, or follow her on Twitter @mmilliken47. You can also like her Facebook page.

And I can guarantee you will like her new novel.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.