Omnimystery News is pleased to welcome Elise Warner, author of Scene Stealer (Carina Press, June 2010 eBook), the first mystery in the Augusta Weidenmaier series.
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I'm Elise Warner, the author of Scene Stealer and I'd like to introduce you to a few of my favorite people. The men and women who live in the pages of my cozy mystery have taken over but I'm still enormously fond of them.
First, I'd like you to meet Miss Augusta Weidenmaier, a retired schoolteacher—she taught English classes and tends to correct everyone's mistakes. An indomitable woman, she understands children and is determined to find Kevin Corcoran. Kevin is the kidnapped nine-year-old spokesperson for the Cowboy Bob's Big, Bad Burger commercials. Kevin's agent is Abner T. Bean—Abner is a sweet man, too sweet to be an agent.
Then, there's my villain. I've become rather fond of my villain. His name is Lawrence Dunn and he is a faded Shakespearean actor who believes he is America's answer to Laurence Olivier.
I mustn't forget Lieutenant Brown, the police officer in charge of this fast food caper who not only has to find Kevin and his kidnapper, he has to put up with Miss Weidenmaier's interference. The action takes place in New York City from Greenwich Village and off, off, very off Broadway to Lincoln Center and a concert by the Philharmonic. Central Park, where a motion picture is being filmed, to a television studio where a talk show host named Norman Bottoms will say anything to reach an audience that's bigger than Letterman's, Leno's or Oprah's.
I hope you'll enjoy reading Scene Stealer as much as I enjoyed writing it with the help of my associates—Miss Weidenmaier, Kevin Corcoran, Lieutenant Brown, Lawrence Dunn and their friends and adversaries.
Before becoming enthused about writing, I worked in the theatre. I began writing plays—one titled Small Time won the Guinny presented by Theatre Guinevere. Short stories and articles followed, second prize in an American Kennel Club competition (a short story based on my poodle Jackie) and now my cozy mystery—published as an eBook by Carina Press.
To learn more about Scene Stealer and me, please visit me online at EliseWarner.com, or find me on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter. A complimentary eBook copy of Scene Stealer will be given to the person who submits the most interesting comment.
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About Scene Stealer: "For a moment our eyes met; his were frightened, seeking help. Was it my imagination gone wild? No. After all those years of teaching elementary school, I knew this child was afraid."
After a chance encounter on the subway, Miss Augusta Weidenmaier, a retired schoolteacher living in New York's Greenwich Village, is determined to help the police in the search for missing nine-year-old child actor Kevin Corcoran. Never mind that she has no training in law enforcement—she spent decades teaching. She knows when someone is lying.
Once set upon a course of action, the indomitable Miss Weidenmaier cannot be swayed—or intimidated. Facing down megalomaniacal business executives, stuck-up celebrities, pushy stage mothers and a rabble-rousing talk show host, Miss Weidenmaier will stop at nothing—not even the disapproval of one Lieutenant Brown of the NYPD, who does not take kindly to amateur sleuthing—to bring young Kevin home.
Scene Stealer is available popular eBook formats from Amazon.com (Kindle edition), Barnes&Noble (Nook Book edition), Kobo.com, or directly from Carina Press.