Author Archives: Maureen Milliken

About Maureen Milliken

Maureen Milliken is the author of the Bernie O’Dea mystery series. Follow her on Twitter at @mmilliken47 and like her Facebook page at Maureen Milliken mysteries. Sign up for email updates at She hosts the podcast Crime&Stuff with her sister Rebecca Milliken.

‘So what, it’s Maine’ isn’t good enough for the book you’re writing

I was wandering through a local gift shop recently, a little stunned at how such a large store could have so little I wanted to buy, when I came across a small Maine section. Imagine my delight when I saw … Continue reading

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Watching true crime TV is good for your writing. Honest.

I have a lot of reasons for not getting far with my new book. Actually, I got semi-far, but the hard drive on my laptop died, and while I thought I’d saved the book to the cloud, I apparently didn’t. … Continue reading

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Maine in winter: cold, darkness and, hopefully, some writing

Happy Boxing Day! This is the day that people in countries under the British crown give gifts to their servants. I know this from a lifetime of reading English mysteries and careful watching of “Upstairs, Downstairs” as a child, and … Continue reading

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A great Christmas movie that’s not on any list but mine

So, Thanksgiving, right? I feel under some pressure to do a “what I’m thankful for” post, so here it goes… Ha ha! I almost had you, didn’t I? I think you guys know me better than that. ‘Tis the season … Continue reading

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Local newspaper gone? Be scared. Very scared.

Colleague and former journalistic rival Brenda Buchanan recently captured very well why everyone should care about the demise of a newspaper like Biddeford’s Journal-Tribune, which closed earlier this month after 135 years in business. While it’s also the place I … Continue reading

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Hitting the road for more cool Maine stuff

My sister Liz was visiting from Oregon recently, and we took the opportunity to take a day trip up to Piscataquis County, since she hadn’t been there before. It was rainy and cool out, but that actually added to the … Continue reading

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The ‘feral’ cats and a thought on writing good characters

I’d been waiting in line for nearly two hours at the Waterville Humane Shelter Saturday when I finally was let into the cat area to see the cats. It was “clear the shelter” day and by the time my number … Continue reading

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