Miss Augusta Weidenmaier is supposed to be a contemporary Miss Marple but winds up a campier version of Murder She Wrote’s Jessica Fletcher. For all Augusta’s help in aiding the police to help find the child star, she is usually at the same pace as the detectives — only she’s in orthopedic shoes. Although much of the mystery is laden with too much alliteration, author Elise Warner's efforts show. For readers looking for light-hearted fair, this novel will deliver.

Miss Augusta Weidenmaier is a feisty spinster with an inclination to correct poor grammar and help children. Off to see the New York Philharmonic, Miss Weidenmaier witnesses the kidnapping of child star Kevin Corcoran on a subway car. Furious at herself for not stopping the assailant, Miss Weidenmaier pledges to save Kevin, the child made famous for his Cowboy Bob’s Big, Bad Burger television ads. As she struggles with the case and with the NYPD, Miss Weidenmaier uncovers the competition behind the fast-food industry, which has taken Kevin hostage and may soon turn deadly. (Carina Press, June, dl. 3.99)

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