Time does not heal all wounds,
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This review is from: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today (Kindle Edition)Twenty Five Years Ago Today
by Stacy Juba
Kris Langley a journo at a local paper comes across a tragic cold case while looking through the old micro film records of news events twenty and five years ago. Kris reads, "Missing bar maid murdered", the victim Diana Ferguson was only 21 years old when she was killed. That was twenty five years ago. so the killer 25 years ago would be 46 years now, if the killer was also 21 years old way back then.
Kris becomes obsessed and quickly gets caught up in a complex web of mystery, red herrings, dead ends, office politics and clueless cops. All this is set inside a newspaper office so it's interesting right from the kick off. Kris has an almost impossible task, but she is determined to bring the killer to justice, she even goes as far as risking her future as a journalist.
No witnesses, no forensic evidence from the killer, unbelievable I know and police can't trace 69 last caller calls, all hard to believe but that's the police for you. Accidentally the killer seems to have committed the perfect murder. Avid readers of murder mysteries books know there is no such thing as the perfect murder.
The cop is Lieutenant Gerald Frank, his best line has nothing to do with the case, his story about a man who killed another man over a turkey leg was surreal. Franks words of wisdom and his insights into crime statistics are an early clues so get ready here is an example; Murder victims more often than not are killed by some they know .. Erm ...there are a hand full of people in the victims life, so why the hell didn't Gerald solve the case in the first week? Well if Lietentnant Frank is say 40 now he would have been only 15 years old at the time of the murder, so I will let him off. There are so many red herring that Kris could set up a fish stall at the local market if journalism doesn't pan out.
I jest you not, Stacy bless her...packs hundreds of moral themes and dilemmas into her books. Then there is the ancient mythology, one clue about the ending is fury. what is the worst crime ? A crime that deserves fury? The killer has committed such a crime. Stacy is on twitter @stacyjuba and she asked me to comment on the ending in a tweet.. it won't spoil it. But In their youth's the killer and victim were too young to handle betrayal. I liked the mythology inserts they add to the moral thread that Stacy weaves through, then snaps in all of her brilliant books, jealousy, adultery, lying, cheating all have consequences in a Juba book. I guess that's why I like them. Ok It's entertainment but I loved it. I look forward to the next book. I have read three of Stacy's books to date. This review was of the kindle edition. It's highly recommended.
Paul Kendall (Leeds UK)