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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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Learn why this book reached the rank of #30 on the Kindle Paid List, was a GalleyCat Mystery & Thriller Bestseller, and has over 185 Amazon reviews including 72 five-star 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 cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman 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. A unique blend of literary mystery, cozy mystery, and romantic suspense. Get in on the secret - join thousands of readers in discovering who killed Diana Ferguson.

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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: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615290116
  • Publisher: Mainly Murder Press (June 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WVKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 37 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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22 of 23 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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21 of 22 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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7 of 7 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 New mystery, new writer -- must read! October 25, 2009
This is a book of 25 chapters (!) you'll find hard to put down. Stacy Juba pulls you into the story immediately and doesn't let you go until the surprise ending and emotional wrap up. Well-written with believable characters and dialogue. Scenic descriptions put you right in the newsroom, the bar and each home with Kris as she investigates a cold case and battles her own ghosts. Do read this one--you won't regret the purchase!
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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 Five Stars
Suspense throughout. Surprise ending.
Published 25 days ago by Carla Marley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
If you like murder mysteries this book is for you. It combines glimpses of family dynamics and an up close look into the life of the young woman who wants to solve an old murder... Read more
Published 27 days ago by kaypope
3.0 out of 5 stars Average read
Average read, found storyline to be quite far-fetched.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Relationships and reporting can be rough sometimes.......
I respected the main character of this book. Kris is willing to live by her own principles, even if it means she must go it alone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angela H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love surprise endings!
the whole premise of the book kept me interested. I liked the independent nature of the main character. the author made the characters believable.
Published 4 months ago by Real Scottsdale Native
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 25 Years ago Today
I loved the plot and sub-plots in the novel. It kept me wondering who was the murderer.....and the best part was the killer was someone far from your imagination....A good read.
Published 4 months ago by S. M. Byfield- Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars twenty-five years ago today
I really enjoyed this novel. It is about a newspaper article about items that occurred 25 years prior to that day in history. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Wayne K. Hoobler
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 yrs ago today...
I liked this was a good read! held my interest from start to finish. I would recommend it. thanks
Published 5 months ago by Cindy McKeon
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
Nicely written mystery.. Liked the way characters are buildup. Though half the start you start getting the clue on who will turn out to be the murderer and author tried creating... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sonal
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring/childish
From the beginning of the book, I knew I was reading something that was meant more for a
"teen" audience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by wvboog
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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 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. Her latest novel Fooling Around With Cinderella (the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series) is coming soon.

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