Twenty-five Years Ago Today

Stacy Juba
Twenty-five Years Ago Today
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Mainly Murder Press
Release Date
October 2009
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence. Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods.

Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology. Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana's suspicious nephew, Eric Soares - until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them. Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday's headline is tomorrow's danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris's present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

Book Review by Veronica Marie Beaumont (author,reviewer)
Mar 07, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
331 people found the following review helpful
In 25 YEARS AGO TODAY, Stacy Juba brings passion and urgency to the story of an unsolved murder case in a sedate New England town. The mystery surrounding the murder of a young woman survives in the memory of the town and continues to haunt her family. Kris Langley, obit writer and cub reporter, feels compelled to solve the murder mystery; in doing so, she may also find the secret to healing her wounded psyche.

Kris Langley works the night shift as an obit writer, because she literally can't sleep. She finds the newspaper business an interesting and welcome change from her work as an administrative assistant. While scanning old microfilm for pieces to include in the "Fremont
Daily News Column, 25 Years Ago Today," Kris discovers an unsolved murder case.

The death of 21-year old Diana Ferguson make memories of her own family tragedy that much stronger. She determines that solving the murder will help the Ferguson family. She also believes that solving it may help her find absolution from her own ghosts.

As Kris meets the members of the Ferguson family, she finds echoes of her own. The grief that continues to haunt the sister and the mother allow her to begin to confront her own. She also finds an unexpected ally and fellow sleuth in Diana's nephew, Eric.

Eric's initial response to learning about Kris reopening the investigation is less than enthusiastic. He fears the investigation may prove too taxing for his elderly grandmother. He also expresses concern about his aunt's name being maligned yet again by sensation-seeking press.

They learn that they are able to work together with great success. They also find themselves drawn to each other by a mutual attraction. A thread of mistrust begins to weave itself into their relationship as their investigation reveals some unexpected clues.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY is a satisfying mystery with a layered plot. The characters are believable and memorable. They are so well crafted that the villains also leave you wondering where their off-page story may lead them. Using her characters, Ms Juba builds a suspenseful mystery that also manages to delve deeply into the complexities of family dynamics, grief, guilt and forgiveness. She also paints a wonderfully realistic portrait of small town life and the activity of a small town newsroom.
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