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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

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by Stacy Juba
Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence.
Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the


Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence.
Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods.
Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology.
Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana's suspicious nephew, Eric Soares - until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them.
Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday's headline is tomorrow's danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris's present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

Editorial Reviews

Cozy Library - Diana Vickery
Even when I'm interested in a premise or story concept, I can be disappointed in how the author handles it. Not so with Stacy Juba. She did a great job with the story. The writing was top-notch, the plotting and pacing excellent, the characters – especially the protagonist – carefully and wonderfully drawn. I can't imagine a reader who won't cheer for Kris.
Fresh Fiction - Lynn Cunningham
This was a very intriguing and captivating book...I loved the characters that Ms. Juba has so clearly laid out for her readers. The subplots of the book were also quite fascinating. Kris Langley is a character that you will remember long after you have completed reading this book. Ms. Juba takes control and leads her readers the direction she WANTS them to move in and you won't be able to figure out the ending until she is READY for you to. All in all, this is a wonderful book.
The GenReview.com - Marlene Pyle
They say writers should write what they know, and as a long-time newspaper reporter, Stacy Juba has done just that. Her depiction of a small town newspaper feels real, and even her minor characters are well-developed. The story flows smoothly to its surprise ending, and only then does the reader recognize the hidden clues that have been there all along.
Bookpleasures - Fran Lewis
What do Diana's studying and painting of Greek and Roman mythology have to do with the surprise ending? You will have to read this well crafted, well-researched and outstanding first novel of the newest mystery writer on the block, Stacy Juba. To the great mystery writers of the 21st century, make room for the author of this great book.
Debbie Wiley Book Reviews - Debbie Wiley
Stacy Juba evokes a wide range of emotions in this poignant tale. The mystery itself is well done while the structure of the novel itself makes the reading flow smoothly. The tidbits starting each chapter add a nice touch as Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is one of those books you pick up and don't want to put down till the very end.

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Mainly Murder Press
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Meet the Author

Award-winning writer Stacy Juba published her first book, a young adult novel, with Avon Books at age 18 and she hasn't stopped writing since. Her recent mystery novels for adults include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim. She is also the author of the patriotic children's picture book The Flag Keeper, which teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette, the children's picture book collection the Teddy Bear Town Children's Bundle, the paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn, and the young adult hockey novel Face-Off. She also has a free companion book to Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, titled 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back.

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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
This book has it all - mystery, suspense, drama, deceit, and a sprinkle of romance. The characters sparkle with life. For me, this was one of those books where the characters became like friends I was rooting for. Right from the start, I was pulled into the story and taken for a wonderful ride. Stacy Juba is a terrific new voice in fiction. She's at work on her next novel and I can't wait to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This New England mystery by a promising New England author is about a high profile unsolved murder that occurred 25 years ago. The main character takes it upon herself to investigate on behalf of the victim's family. With much empathy, she gets invovled in their present-day lives. The reader will form an opinion about each character, and will get a feel for each, both as they are today and as they were 25 years before. The plot is well developed. The suspense builds. The reader will be guessing, judging, and speculating right to the end. I highly recommed this compelling story to mystery lovers and to readers seeking out new and promising authors.
EvieSeo More than 1 year ago
Twenty Five Years Ago Today is a solid and intriguing contemporary mystery by Stacy Juba. Kris Langley is an aspiring newspaper journalist, working as an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper. She is also in charge of a "25 Years Ago Today" column, and one of her duties is researching the archives. One day she comes across an unsolved murder mystery, that happened exactly 25 years ago. The murder victim was Diana Ferguson, a 21 year old cocktail waitress. Her body was found dumped in the woods. Unfortunately, despite various suspects, no one was ever actually charged with her murder. Kris knows how it feels to have someone close to you brutally taken away, so she sympathizes with Diana's family. She decides she wants to try and solve the case and bring peace into their lives. Kris starts to investigate the case on her own, without the approval of the managing editor, who surely wouldn't like the idea. She gets close with the victim's family, winning their trust and affection. With every moment she grows more and more desperate to solve the case. Things get even more complicated when she meets Eric Soares, Diana's nephew, as the two of them are undeniably drawn to each other. You won't regret picking up a copy of it. It's a fast-paced and engaging read, with just the perfect blend of mystery, drama and romance. It's definitely a page turner, I had trouble putting it down and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Stacy Juba did an excellent job immersing the reader. She kept me guessing who the murderer was till the very last pages , and just when I thought I had it all figured out, there came yet another twist, completely throwing me off! The ending caught me by surprise and was absolutely unpredictable! I especially enjoyed the occasional sprinkle of Greek mythology, it most definitely added to the whole story, making it even more captivating. The main characters, Kris and Eric, were very likeable and real. The chemistry between them was simply fantastic, yet the romance didn't take over the book. It was just a perfect amount of sexiness to keep me interested, but not enough to make me frown - just the way I like it :) To sum it all up: I had a great time reading this book. It is a perfectly balanced novel, that has it all: action, unsolved crime, thrilling twists, interesting mythology facts, romance, family drama and more! I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I'd ever read from this author and have bought anything else I can find that she's written. The story was well written and got you engrossed in the characters and their lives that you don't want to put the book down, you just want to keep reading so you can find out what's happening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this now and I am ejoyingit
ohtokauai More than 1 year ago
Never read Stacy Juba before, and that was my loss. This book is so wonderfully written and so real. I will definitely be reading more and sincerely hope Ms. Juba is writing away this very minute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot moved along... enough suspense and turns to keep one wondering.
DLML More than 1 year ago
If you love to read a great mystery book.Get this one by the new author STACY JUBA. Stacy takes you in on the first chapter. You will not be able to put this book down once you start it. Moves at a quick pace. Kris Langley the main character stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods. The author keeps you guessing throughout this book with a surprising ending. Can't wait for her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, I enjoyed it from the first page to the last page
jhamwhit More than 1 year ago
Great little mystery, would like to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written action packed could not put it down
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba is a thrilling murder mystery stemming from a cold case that spans a quarter of a century. Kris Langley is haunted by her past. When she and her cousin, Nicole, were twelve years old, they had a tiff and Nicole walked off. Kris never saw her alive again. Tormented by guilt, Kris struggles with insomnia. Unable to sleep at night, she takes the night shift at a newspaper, writing obituaries. While searching for items for the newspaper column, titled 25 Years Ago Today, Kris discovers a twenty-five-year-old unsolved murder. She decides not to print it in the paper's weekly column because she doesn't want to cause the murder victim's family any more pain, but she can't let it go. Can Kris solve a twenty-five-year-old cold case murder? She doesn't know, but she has to try. If you like sleuth books, then Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba is an enthralling murder mystery that will keep your interest until the very last page. The plot has an interesting twist and it kept me guessing until the very end. I couldn't decide who the villain was. There were at least three people who I suspected and I was wrong! I was surprised at the denouement and yet I should have known all along who the culprit was. The clues were all there, but they were very subtle. This is the way a mystery should unfold. Stacy Juba did a spectacular job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this rather short, (160 pages) free book. I hope there is a sequal. It was nicely edited, had some nongory violence and murder, no cursing or religion, some romance, implied sex, a conclusion, some humor and a thought provoking mystery. Who and whydunit were a puzzle for me until near the end of the book. NICE! It could have used more details, which would have made it a better all around book, but even so it was still a nice read. The characters were rather one demensional. They too could have been a bit more detailed to make them more interesting. Readers 16 and up wouldenjoy this book. AD
Theresa_F More than 1 year ago
Free book for free review Kris Langley returns home to a job in a newspaper, wanting to be a journalist she must start at the bottom and work her way up. She starts her new path by writing small articles and obits. A job that is frowned upon by her mother and sister. A broken relationship is how Kris would describe her and her mother. This has not always been true, but after the tragic death of her best friend and cousin Nichole, things have just not been the same. Kris has carried grief and some guilt around since Nichole was killed. Feeling that maybe she could have saved Nichole and prevented a lot of hurt amongst her family. Kris stumbles upon a an old murder of a 21 year old Diana Ferguson, 25 years ago she was found bludgeoned to death in the woods. The murder was never solved. Kris soon dives in to find out killed Diana. She feels this family needs closure and maybe just maybe she might find closure herself. Kris gets to know the family and even finds love along the way. Does Kris find the murderer ??? Does she find the closure she needs that may stop her nightmares ?? You have to read this to find out ! Twenty Five years ago is a wonderful "Who do it" mystery !  !! It keep me guessing right up to the end ! Sit back and hold on as you turn each page :) Wende 
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Ariesgrl More than 1 year ago
Kris Langley’s cousin Nicole was murdered when they were twelve, by a creepy man in their neighborhood. Kris knows a secret that no one else knows, and it has caused her extreme guilt and insomnia over the past several years. She has tried everything, but tell the truth to her tight-lipped family. Finally, she gets a beginner’s job at the local newspaper company, writing small filler pieces and working nights allows her body to get just a bit more rest. While researching events that occurred twenty-five years ago, Kris stumbles upon the unsolved murder of a young woman, Diana Ferguson. Kris identifies with Diana’s family and decides to research further to help close this case. Maybe by closing this case, she will be able to put her past behind her. Then again, she may meet her own horrific end as she comes face-to-face with Diana’s killer? Stacy Juba has written an excellent and shocking cozy mystery. The plot is a winding maze with not one but filled with wrong turns and deceptive clues meant to trick the reader until the very end. Not only will readers be kept on their toes, they will emotional drawn into not one but two separate families caught in the never-ending cycle of grief, depression and survivor’s guilt. Both families demonstrate the polar opposites of grief, one refusing to breathe a word about their loss and the other discussing all the details and what-ifs. An emotional, fast-paced and intriguing storyline, with wonderful writing makes this book a must-read for mystery readers. Notes: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. This review was originally posted on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romance, mystery and family angst.
soflbklvr More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. Mediocre writing, lack of descriptive narrative, too much dialogue and repetition. It read as though it was hastily written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exciting, good mystery with a surprise ending. I liked it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and recommend