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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba
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Book Description

Learn why this story of betrayal, love and lies reached the rank of #30 on the Kindle Paid List, was a GalleyCat Mystery & Thriller Bestseller, and has over 190 Amazon reviews. Should we dig for the truth when Pandora's Box is a coffin of buried secrets? For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson's killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the unsolved mystery of a young artist obsessed with Greek mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana's sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get in on the secret - join thousands of readers in discovering who killed Diana Ferguson in this bestselling New England mystery that blends family drama, art, romance, and mythology into one suspenseful tale.

Don't miss the Whispersync Audible edition of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today performed by award-winning narrator Erin Moon who has been recognized with awards from Audiofile Magazine. Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is also available in Kindle format as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set. Be sure to download the free companion novel 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back.

Editorial Reviews


This has to be one of my favorite mystery books that I've read this year...Book club groups will enjoy this book because there is so much that happens between its pages. Book-Club-Queen

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. Lynn Cunningham, Fresh Fiction

A satisfying mystery with a layered plot. The characters are believable and memorable. Veronica Marie Beaumont, The Romance Reviews

There are enough twists, and possible suspects, in this story to make it entertaining and keep readers turning the pages all the way to its very satisfying end. The Romance Studio

About the Author

Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. Her titles include the upcoming chick lit contemporary romance Fooling Around with Cinderella (first in the Storybook Valley series), Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle for children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (June 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WVKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Acting on Instinct January 3, 2010
Kris Langley has a journalist's instinct and that instinct senses a story. A novice editorial assistant on a small town Massachusetts daily Kris's duties are the boring ones. She writes the obituaries and comes up with items for the "Twenty-Five Years Ago Today" column. That's when her instinct comes into play. When she reads about the long ago murder of a young woman and learns from her editor-in-chief that the mystery was never solved, she can't leave it alone. She launches her own investigation without telling the overbearing and critical managing editor, Jacqueline McCormack (Kris thinks of her as "corporate Barbie") who surely would tell her to back off.

As Kris gets more involved in her investigation, she begins to relive her own personal tragedy--the murder of her cousin and dear friend years before. Kris has always felt, but never spoken of her feelings of guilt because the two had quarreled and parted on that sad afternoon. The memories come alive as she investigates and becomes involved with the family of the girl in the story.

Things get complicated fast. Kris's own conflicted family doesn't think much of her journalistic endeavors, and her doctor mother and sister let her know. She finds a new romantic interest and won't let her story alone no matter the cost.

Stacy Juba has drawn a believable character and settings. The newspaper scenes are so real I could almost smell the ink--and feel the animosity between Kris and Bruce, the pushy crime reporter who'd like to see Kris on a date but not nosing into his territory.

Kris manages to get herself fired, but after she figures things out, she gets back her job, and we can assume (and maybe hope?) she's ready for another crime-laden reporting adventure.

by Patricia Nordyke Pando
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing mystery that should not be overlooked December 11, 2009
Some secrets are best left covered. "Twenty Five Years Ago Today" follows Kris Langley as she tries to advance her career by looking deeper into a long forgotten case. But she soon finds that maybe it was unsolved for a reason, as beneath the surface the case is not what it seems. Even submerged for decades, those behind the case show why it has remained unsolved. "Twenty Five Years Ago Today" is an intriguing mystery that should not be overlooked.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! March 23, 2010
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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Murder Mystery March 2, 2011
Twenty Five Years Ago Today is a contemporary mystery by Stacy Juba. Haunted by the murder of her cousin, Kris Langley is drawn to a twenty five year old unsolved murder case she discovers in the local newspaper archives. Diana Soares was 21 when her body was discovered in the woods and despite the police identifying several possible suspects, her killer was never brought to justice. Intrigued, Kris approaches Diana's family and offers to investigate. Her good intentions become complicated when the investigation takes an unexpected turn.
The plot is solid, with the conclusion a striking twist. I did feel that the story needed more tension to sustain momentum as I didn't feel the suspense began to build until more than halfway through.
Kris has an interesting background which works as a catalyst for this story. I thought this was an interesting layer to her character but I admit I didn't really warm to her. I felt there were some inconsistencies in her personality and behaviour that were minor but they niggled me, particularly her actions when she identified the killer.
The other characters that take part in the story are developed well, though I found it difficult to distinguish between Cheryl and her mother on occassion. Kris's family members and their dynamic add interest to both her character and the storyline.The relationship between Kris and Eric provides a romantic subplot and I appreciated the epilogue that gave some closure to that thread.
The author has worked as a reporter and uses her experience to flesh out the details of the newspaper office and Kris's role as an editorial assistant who writes mostly obituaries and community announcements.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! October 25, 2009
Author: Stacy Juba
ISBN: 978-0-615-29011-9

Having worked as a typesetter in the news room of a small town weekly in my
younger days, I felt right at home in the first few pages of this book. We
had an Editor-in-Chief who didn't show up for work; a managing editor who
thought he knew everything; reporters who were very self-absorbed and the
lowly typesetters who did all the work. This book took me back and I really
enjoyed reading it so much that I didn't put it down until I had read the
entire book.

Kris Langley is an assistant editor at her home town newspaper located in
Fremont, MA. Her job is much like the typesetter, who types obits, marriage
announcements and a feature called Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. She comes
upon a story about the murder of Diana Ferguson, a barmaid, which happened
25-years ago. She was found beaten to death in the woods close to a college
campus. Most everyone had forgotten about her by now and there had never
been an arrest in the case. This case reminds Kris of her own guilt about
the death of her cousin, Nicole, when they were young girls. Nicole had
gone off by herself to meet Holly, Kris's sister, and Kris decided not to
accompany her as she was jealous of Nicoles' friendship with Holly. As a
result Nicole had started walking home alone and was picked up by a new
neighbor who turned out to be a pedophile, and she was killed. Kris has
been carrying the guilt of this act all her life. Even though her managing
editor wants Kris not to get involved with the story of Diana's murder, Kris
does it anyway. She becomes acquainted with the dead girl's family,
including Diana's mother, sister, brother-in-law and nephew.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend to mystery fans
This great plot with the varied twists and turns held my attention well, as I kept waking during the night and picking up my Kindle to read just a little more. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Louise Pledge
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful reading experience I would recommend to others.
My first impression was - The book gets straight to the point by mentioning that it will be twenty-five years since Diana Ferguson has died. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Melody BookLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Marlene Krohner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really liked the twist.
Published 2 months ago by Theresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
The comment I have is that there is no discernible connection between the bits of "newspaper" headlines at the beginning of each chapter and what happens in the chapter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kansasbabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick
When you uncover a long forgotten mystery do you leave it be because it has been forgotten for a reason or do you peel away the layers to find out the truth? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ravina Andrea Kurian
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good but a little slow
It was good but a little slow. I didn't think it was her own mom because it didn't focuses on her very much. I rate it 3 star
Published 3 months ago by toni fitzgerald
3.0 out of 5 stars good
Published 4 months ago by James H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 5 months ago by mudhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I enjoyed it, have not read author before will look for more book, again I really enjoyed the reading and story plot
Published 5 months ago by Shari
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More About the Author

Stacy Juba loves to write about Characters at a Crossroads: individuals who are finding themselves and getting on the right life path after overcoming obstacles. Her goals are to entertain readers of all ages as well as inspire them through her mystery, romance and contemporary fiction books for adults, teens and children. She has written about ice hockey, sibling rivalry and sportsmanship, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths solving mysteries. Her latest novel Fooling Around With Cinderella (the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series) is coming soon. Stacy is always happy to hear from readers. Feel free to say hello on the following sites:






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