"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 enforcementshe spent decades teaching. She knows when someone is lying.
Once set upon a course of action, the indomitable Miss Weidenmaier cannot be swayedor intimidated. Facing down megalomaniacal business executives, stuck-up celebrities, pushy stage mothers and a rabble-rousing talk show host, Miss Weidenmaier will stop at nothingnot even the disapproval of one Lieutenant Brown of the NYPD, who does not take kindly to amateur sleuthingto bring young Kevin home.
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About the Author
Elise Warner, the author of Scene Stealer, worked as an actress, singer and stage manager before becoming addicted to writing. Small Time, her second play, won Theatre Guinevere's "Guinny Award" and was later part of the Maxwell Anderson Playwright's Series. An avid traveler, she has written for the travel section of the Washington Post and magazines such as Rock & Gem and The Gold Prospector (inspired by trips to Australia and New Zealand). Remembering her poodle, Jackie, she wrote about a musical-comedy troupe touring the United States with pet dogs, which was published in the anthology Good Dogs Doing Good, and a short story that won second prize in the American Kennel Club magazine's 2008 contest. Elise's articles dealing with American history have appeared in magazines such as American Spirit, Pennsylvania, The Elks and The Villager. An avid fan of mysteries, her short stories have appeared in Mystery Time, RTP and citywriters.com. She is married to Bob Bernard, a dazzling tap dancer.