- 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,875 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. Who exactly is the murderer and how can Kris resolve her feelings toward a man she shouldn't become involved with?
This book was somewhat deceptive for me. In the beginning, it appeared to be a bit slow, but as each page progressed, I become more hooked on the story. Once the background information was introduced and the murder investigation began, it really picked up speed. I also enjoyed the little excerpts at the beginning of each chapter detailing some small event that occurred twenty-five years ago. They were rather creative. All the characters were fleshed out and realistic. Kris had her strengths and flaws which made her likeable and easy to relate to. There was a bit of romance, but the story didn't rely too heavily on it. In fact, I almost thought Kris and Eric seemed awkward, except that their relationship was very realistic considering the way they met. The odds of them surviving the difficulties of the investigation were not good and I think the author handled that situation well.
The plot kept you guessing until the end. I honestly couldn't determine who the killer was for sure as the author provided a lot of evidence that pointed different ways. When the end finally came, I found myself pondering over the events and wondering how I would have reacted under similar circumstances. Stacy Juba's book will certainly leave an impression on readers that will last long after the final pages are finished. If you enjoy mystery books with a splash of romance, this may be the book for you. I am certainly glad I read it and would happily recommend it to others.
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.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
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