- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1482 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (26 Jun. 2010)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003U4WVKA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today Kindle Edition
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I totally enjoyed this thoroughly engrossing mystery, a romantic suspense by Stacy Juba. Kris Langley is a woman with a long-held secret: she considers herself responsible for the death of her much-loved cousin Nicole, when they were both twelve. During her work as an editorial assistant at a newspaper, writing obits and birth and wedding announcements, she happens upon a crime account from twenty-five years earlier: the death of a 21-year-old woman, a promising artist, working as a cocktail waitress. Although there were a couple of ex-boyfriend suspects, the case quickly went cold and stayed that way. Kris begins to investigate, and befriends the bereaved mother, sister, and brother-in-law. The dead woman's nephew at first agitates against her questioning, but it isn't long before the sparks between Eric and Kris fly, for other reasons entirely.
Author Stacy Juba keeps the suspense burner turned up to the max, and although there are plenty of possibilities, and what seems a pretty certain result, I think readers will find themselves surprised at the outcome. Ms. Juba also really delineates the layers of emotion involved, both in the death of Diana Ferguson so many years earlier, and in the murder of Kris' cousin, and shows us the aftermath of both crimes.
I highly recommend this mystery-it's a re-reader.
Of course, solving a mystery of such long standing that has left the police baffled will not be easy. She has no previous experience with investigative reporting and her boss would never agree to such an adventure. This means Kris must quickly gain the skills needed, question the family and witnesses, and do it without the newspaper finding out before she solves the crime. Along the way, she meets an attractive man, Eric, who is a nephew of the deceased woman. He doesn't like Kris sticking her nose into matters best left in the past, but neither of them can deny the attraction they feel toward each other. It is just one more surprise, in a string of many, which will leave the reader wondering how things will turn out.Read more ›
I found Stacy Juba's writing style compulsive, and the action was fast-paced and realistic. The psychological aspects to the story were well thought out and true-to-life. I particularly liked the depiction of the competitive behaviour of the staff at the newsroom.
'Twenty-Five Years Ago Today' is so much more than just a murder mystery. It deals with many emotional subject areas which everyone will be able to relate to, including family relationships, guilt, forgiveness, secrets, bereavement, trust; all woven into this intriguing tale of a long-forgotten crime.
I loved the way all the action in the present day related in some way to the past, almost as if the characters had all been trapped back in time to some extent because of events that had changed their lives.Read more ›
As I got to the middle, I felt - I am immersed in Diana's story. The narrative is generally smooth. However, some scene settings were too detailed. Yellow pound cake. Cutting a slice. Eating the cake. Whether Kris ate the cake or not and how she cut it, it would have made no difference to the story. Moving on, I liked the build up as Kris and Eric talk. Despite the awkwardness of their relationship, their emotions are laid bare which gives the story fullness.
As I neared the end, I thought - Love, secrets and family. Sometimes this is a deadly combination. One lie to cover another and the person who murdered Diana was the least suspected of all. What I also did not expect was the disintegration of relationships in the matter of a few pages. What I really liked as I reached the end is that once the murderer was revealed, the remaining bits of the story were told in the form of news articles. Unique.
My final impression and recommendations - This was a wonderful reading experience I would recommend to others. Compelling plot filled with twists and turns combined with complex characters. Despite the layers of mystery, Stacy Juba includes romance, marriage and family issues. Loyalty and betrayal are a big part of this book but that's as far as I will go before I dish out any spoilers.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on 25 Feb. 2015 by Ravina Andrea Kurian
Enjoyed the story, but found the ending a little bit too much and a bit OTT however the plot line was well thought out and the book basically well writtenPublished on 13 April 2013 by Tanya
Twenty Five Years Ago Today
by Stacy Juba
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Kris Langley, an editorial assistant, stumbles across an unsolved murder while researching old editions of the Fremont Daily News. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2011 by Alice Y. Yeh