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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today (Young Ladies of Mystery Book 1) by [Juba, Stacy]
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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. 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 is Fooling Around With Cinderella, the first in the Storybook Valley chick lit sweet romance series.

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  • File Size: 1457 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (June 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WVKA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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By M. Lignor on October 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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