Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

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Press: Mainly Murder Press (October 27, 2009)
Publication Date:2009-10
Author Name:Juba, Stacy


For twenty-fiveyears, Diana Ferguson's killer has gotten away with murder. 
When rookieobit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigatesthe unsolved mystery of a young artist obsessed with Greek mythology,not only does she fall in love with Diana's sexy nephew, but she mustalso fight to stay off the obituary page herself.
Get in on the secret - join thousands of readers in discovering who killed Diana Ferguson inthis bestselling New England mystery that blends family drama, art,romance, and mythology into one suspenseful tale.

About the Author

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. 
In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, set at a theme park, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S.
flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths.
Get your FREE Storybook Valley Welcome Kit on her website.


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  •     Kristine Langley is obsessed with murder. This obsession stems from a tragic and traumatic event that occurred when she was twelve-years-old. Kris has always blamed herself for her twelve-year-old cousin's disappearance and brutal murder.For the past two decades, she has kept a guilty secret to herself: she was actually the last person to see Nicole alive; and a childish argument was the reason why Kris had left her cousin to walk home alone. She has allowed the guilt of her actions that day pervade every aspect of her life. Her family may never realize the full extent of Kris' guilt, but she is determined to find some way to make amends for her mistake.Kris has since become an editorial assistant and obituary writer for a Massachusetts newspaper. She enjoys her job - for the most part - and the schedule works very well for her. While compiling items from the microfilm to run in the "Twenty-Five Years Ago Today" town history column, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder. She grows increasingly 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 thus atone for Nicole's death, Kris immerses herself in the decades-old mystery of what happened to twenty-one-year-old Diana Ferguson. As Kris investigates the case further, Diana becomes more to her than just a murdered cocktail waitress; she was also an extraordinarily talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings based on Greek mythology. The more that she learns about Diana, Kris begins to feel a deep connection to her.Yet there is also a certain amount of backlash to her sudden interest in such a cold case. Not only does Kris face resistance from her own family as well as her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana's hostile and highly suspicious nephew, Eric Soares - who is beyond certain that Kris only seeks to exploit his family for the sake of getting a story. However, as time passes, she and Eric can no longer deny the chemistry flaring between them.Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday's headline can easily turn into today's obituary notice. Because discovering what actually happened to Diana Ferguson on that long-ago night could be dangerous. Finding out the truth about what happened that night twenty-five years ago may just shatter Kris' present; costing her everything that she has come to cherish: her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.I have had this book on my TBR pile for quite some time. I actually don't know why I have waited so long to read it. This is the second book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Ms. Juba, and must say that I absolutely loved the story and characters. I really found myself connecting with Kris and many of the other characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading intriguing character-driven mysteries with fast-paced plots. I give this book an A+!
  •     I thoroughly enjoyed the family story and the perseverance of Kris . The story is written with heartwarming thoughts. All characters are real people who I could easily identify. You could feel the families connection and misery. Could hardly put down. Thank you for a terrific read..
  •     Kris writes obituaries and other small columns for a small daily newspaper but longs to be a real reporter. While researching her 'Twenty-Five Years Ago Today' column, she runs across the murder of a young woman that was never solved. She's intrigued enough to find out more. She sees this as a chance to break into investigative reporting.But digging up old bones can be dangerous, as she soon finds out.Kris doesn't give up, even though it may cost her a new boyfriend. Even though it may cost her her sister's friendship. Even if it validates her mother's low opinion of her.The plot was adequate, the characters were nicely drawn, the dialogue was what it should be. I'm not sure why I wasn't drawn into the story as I should have been. Perhaps it was because I couldn't understand Kris's fixation on finding a killer after twenty-five years. Her backstory should have made it understandable but somehow it didn't. She seemed set on doing what she wanted rather than focused on a worthwhile goal.Nevertheless, this is a nice, easy-to-read book that most cozy mystery lovers will enjoy.
  •     Starting with a crime unsolved from twenty-five years ago, Kris decides to start her own investigation. Boy, did she open Pandora's box?
  •     This is a great cold case mystery. It has all the qualities you are looking for, even a little romance, but nothing to interfere with the mystery. I highly recommend this.
  •     I liked this book. It had some twists in it. I thought I had it figured out but didn't. I like that.
  •     Was hard to put it down. Very well written. Very suspenseful. Never expected who did it. I really enjoyed reading this book.
  •     I had no idea whodunnit until it was revealed by the author. Enjoyed it immensely.
  •     This is really great!! I loved the mystery, and definitely wasn't expecting that ending! What a twist!
  •     This was an awesome read with a very surprising ending. The main characters were portrayed vividly. They came alive on the pages of this memorable novel. The plot was steady and strong, and the ending blew me away. I enjoyed every page. I've never read any stories by Ms. Juba, but I'd like to buy her other novels. The protagonist, who works as editorial assistant for her local daily newspaper becomes interested in a 25 year old unsolved murder of a young woman. The deeper she digs, the more dirt is uncovered. Some of those people involved would rather keep the past in the past. When the truth is finally unearthed, the shocking conclusion is life-shattering.This novel is definitely worth reading.
  •     This book took me by surprise. I really liked it and would recommend it. Especially for 0.99! Good writing and suspenseful
  •     Middle of the night or not, I simply could not put this book down until the end. It's thought full
  •     Kris was working at Fremont Newspaper. She wrote obituaries. Wedding announcements and did a few puff stories. Then she learned about a woman's death 25 years ago and became so interested that she just kept digging. Fell in love. But the funny thing is I couldn't figure it out until she visited a lady in a nursing home. This is quite well written and the plot becomes very intense. Excellent reading!
  •     A dark mixture of murder mystery, romance and difficult family dynamics.The writing is very well done for these uncomfortable topics.Kris has always felt something of an outsider in her own ambitious family.She carries guilt from childhood over an argument and petty jealousy she had with her cousin. That disagreement was never resolved due to the cousin's death.This has a huge impact on Kris's work life at a small newspaper.Characters are clearly defined as the story unfolds. It is a shock to discover the truth at the end of the book but also shows how people are so very unpredictable.
  •     Kris Langley as editorial assistant for the Fremont Daily News had passed the day researching stories for the papers column "25 and 50 years ago Today" when she came across "Missing Barmaid Murdered" on the microfilm. The murderer was never caught, it was considered a cold case. The murder of Diana Ferguson was never solved. This reminded her of a lose that happened to her and she wanted to check it out with Diana's family. A lot of questions as to what happened came up after interviewing the family and persons involved with Diana, especially Eric the nephew. It keeps you guessing as to who actually murdered Diana!
  •     Interesting story kept me guessing til the end.The characters were very well written . Hope everyone enjoys this book as I did.
  •     Great twist at the end! Loved that the plot caught me off guard. Started a little slow and confusing but soon it all fell into place and exceeded my expectations.

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