Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

Rated 4.33/5 based on 24 reviews
For 25 years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek mythology, she must fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Finding out the truth about that long ago night may shatter Kris’s present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately her life. More

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About Stacy Juba

Stacy Juba has written about reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer investigating a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, twin high school hockey stars battling on the ice, and teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag: she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the adult mystery novels Sink or Swim and Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, the children’s picture books The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-Book Bundle (Three Complete Picture Books), and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is also the editor of the essay anthology 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit.


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This is a book trailer for Stacy Juba's mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson's killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, she must fight to stay off the obituary page herself.

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Review by: Jean Crisp on June 01, 2013 : (no rating)
This book wasa different read for me. However I loved the way it kept you guessing and was more than pleased when those who deserved it got their "just rewards", and Kris' not giving up on what she sat out to do. Will look for more books by Juba.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: linda lonetto on May 29, 2013 :
liked the compassion of this charecter,how she engaged the fam of the deceased and how she logically solved the murder. i really did not like her other co-workers and,even when they got their comupence. dying to read another book by this author
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gayle pace on May 28, 2013 :

I was never quite sure where the mystery was going. But that's good because it keeps you wanting to read the book. I did a lot of wondering about the mystery.

Kris Langley worked the night shift writing obits, weddings, etc. She came upon a 25 year old murder. Kris wanted to help the family so she investigates. Did she find anything new after twenty five years? Kris feels close to this since her cousin was murdered when Kris was younger. They caught the killer. She wants to make everyone feel better so she was determined to find Diana's killer. She thought it would make a difference. there was a long line of suspects and they knew someone had been stalking Diana. This is a great murder mystery. You'll find yourself caring for the family just as though you were part of it. I'd recommend this book to anyone. It is well written, the characters are well defined and the plot keeps you turning the pages. So grab up a copy and curl up on the sofa and help find Diana's killer.

I would give this book 4.5 Stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Smashwords on behalf of the author, Stacy Juba, for an unbiased review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Jan. 06, 2012 :
Review: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba
Okay this mystery kept me guessing the whole book. Never sure where it was going, made a bunch a guesses. It kept me wanting to keep reading. I look forward to reading more from Stacy.
Kris Langley was newly hired working in the night shift writing obituaries, weddings ect. When she came across a murder that happened almost twenty-five years ago. Kris wanted to help that family get closesure so she wanted to investigated it and see if she can see something different now. Kris had one editor that let her but the other did not like Kris.
Kris when she was younger her cousin was murdered too, but her killer was got and at least helped her family know that. She wanted so badly make up for her cousin death that she though finding Diana killer would make a difference.
Their were lots of suspects, they knew someone had been stalking Diana.
I don't want to say more because I might give something away. It is a very good story. I really wanted things to be resolved for the family I came to care for them. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review from librarything
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill Thibadeau on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Most reviews center on the story line. I read reviews to find out which genre the book is, the quality of the writing, the character development, and how the author fared keeping the reader interested. There are no spoilers here as I will not address the story line as such.

Overall an excellent first novel. I enjoyed the fluid writing style. The author created a good array of characters and intertwined them very well. The first 80% of the book had me engrossed. As the plot started to wind towards the ending, I felt the story took on a tried and true ending. I was able to figure out the ending easily and that was a disappointment. The book really deserves some twists instead of the very predictable linear ending.

I do recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mysteries and suspense. Stacy has the skills required for a first tier author. I will read more of the author's work including Sink or Swim which was included in an extract form in the ebook I read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Quentin Stewart on Dec. 08, 2011 :
An excellent read for any mystery reader. A cold case that appears to have no new leads and a family that seems to be close-knit because of the death and then torn apart by the solution. Stacy Juba does a very good job of keeping the story moving and in keeping the twists and turns coming in the story.

A young lady suffering from the lost of a cousin and the part she believes she played in that death uncovers the unsolved case as an obit writer for a local paper. In trying to solve the murder from 25 years ago she is searching for her own absolution from her guilt in the murder of her cousin. She also has struggles within her family since she has not followed the path of her mother or sister. It is an intriguing look at how families keep secrets and the dangers of keeping those secrets locked away. She finds the clues that solves the case, finds some inner peace, and possible her niche in society. Even with all of the family turmoil that is brought up in the book, it ends on a note of hope that her life is finally coming together. Out of the tragedy comes hope.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Nov. 13, 2011 :
I love a good book that grabs me and I can't put it down until done. This book did that for me. I love the touch of drama, love, mystery all mixed in with secrets and guilt. This is a great book to curl up on the couch with and enjoy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Deb Novack on Nov. 10, 2011 :
Stacy has created a story that not only holds your attention,but also keeps your mind always thinking and trying to guess what will happen.She has written a story that has quite a few overlapping mysteries that include guilt, fear, lies,murder and hidden secrets.But it also has love and perhaps a new beginning for some of the characters. This excellent book was written to make you believe that you were really there. I am so looking forward to reading more of Stacy Juba. Good Work! ( )
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Frances on Nov. 10, 2011 : (no rating)
I won this book on LibraryThing and it was a great novel, I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend thing book to anyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna Lawrence on Nov. 10, 2011 :
This is not my normal genre. I saw this book on LibraryThing and thought it sounded good. Boy, am I glad I read it!
Very well written and fun read. I was hooked from the beginning.
It's been a very long time since I've read a who-dun-it without figuring out (before the last page) who did it! It is always fun to be surprised at the end of a story. The characters in this novel were wonderful. The dynamics between Kris and the members of the newspaper staff is one of the better aspects of this book. I love reading about power struggles! The writing is straight forward. This is a quick, easy read for mystery lovers. Definitely worth your time. On a cold winter night, curl up with a cup of steamy hot chocolate and read this book. Just remember, to paraphrase Kris Langely (via Stacy Juba) "It's hard to understand tragedy if it hasn't been part of your life" I loved this line and wanted to somehow incorporate it into my review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne Sweeney on Nov. 09, 2011 :
NOT my normal read but I couldn't put it down. From the first page to the end I was sucked into the story. With the twists and turns of the plot I enjoyed turning the page. Will read further reads from Juba.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Davis on Nov. 08, 2011 :
Although it didn't break new ground, this was a good book and an easy, enjoyable read. The author does a good job of shifting suspects and throwing 'red herrings' about as so many good mystery writers do. The writing is straightforward. There is an added touch of romance thrown in and an attempt to parallel the protagonist's loss of a sister to the murder in question, reexamined after twenty five years. As with so many crime situations, the final confession seems to come too easily once the truth is uncovered. I liked the novel and I hope Juba pushes the envelope a bit more on future works for adults.

This novel was received in eBook format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lesleymc on Nov. 06, 2011 :
An enjoyable read which became a page turner half way through and had a killer of a twist at the end. There is also a sprinkling of romance which adds to the storyline. The writing style was clear but perhaps overall lacked dynamics hense my rating. However I would still recommend it as a good read if you like a 'whodunnit' and enjoy trying to guess who did it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Georgeanna B. on Oct. 27, 2011 :
A little danger, a little romance, and lots of mystery. I enjoyed the heck out of this book. I didn't figure out the 'who dunnit' until the author was ready. I love when that happens! The peek inside the newsroom was really fun, too. The characters were really well done and completely believable. I will absolutely be looking for more of Stacy Juba's work.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 25, 2011 :
I couldn't put this book down. I started it at 6 this morning and finished it at 11 tonight.

Kris is living with a horrible secret. A secret that has haunted her dreams for over the last decade. She starts a new job at a newspaper which brings her to the family of a woman murdered 25 yrs ago. Kris feels closer to the family of the victim than she does to her own family. She needs to solve this murder to put her own nightmares to rest.

Lies, Betrayal, Secrets and love. There are so many twists & turns, you can't put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 25, 2011 :
I couldn't put this book down. I started it at 6 this morning and finished it at 11 tonight.

Kris is living with a horrible secret. A secret that has haunted her dreams for over the last decade. She starts a new job at a newspaper which brings her to the family of a woman murdered 25 yrs ago. Kris feels closer to the family of the victim than she does to her own family. She needs to solve this murder to put her own nightmares to rest.

Lies, Betrayal, Secrets and love. There are so many twists & turns, you can't put it down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alice Yeh on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Kris Langley, an editorial assistant, stumbles across an unsolved murder while researching old editions of the Fremont Daily News. Drawn in by the similarities to a personal tragedy, she launches her own investigation, hoping for a featured article and the opportunity to bring closure to a grieving family. Even twenty-five years after the fact.

I'm of two minds as I write the review. On the whole, I found the language to be accessible, and the storyline gripping. I was intrigued by the mystery, trying to piece together evidence and guess at the guilty party. Juba does a phenomenal job in engaging a reader's interest, focusing primarily on a fast-paced plot and her own insight into newspaper life.

In spite of this, however, my friendly attitude towards the main character began to wane halfway through the novel. Her doubts and concerns felt contrived, as did the rushed development of her relationship with Eric. I confess that I was hoping for something that was a bit more drawn out, given his wariness and her supposed emotional unavailability. Equally disappointing was the final denouement; the resolution itself was fine, but I would rather that more of the information came from Kris's investigation, rather than information-loaded monologues.

One of the strongest points of the novel is the dynamics of the newspaper staff. The power struggles are entertaining, and readers can easily sympathize with Kris as she tries to prevent skewing of the truth. More than once, I wanted to give Bruce a good verbal thrashing for his callousness and his immaturity. With that said, both Bruce and Jacqueline come across as one-dimensional, and while the author hints at a deeper explanation for Jacqueline's cutthroat attitude, this avenue is never truly explored.

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is an enjoyable, quick read for the mystery lover who likes a little romance and family drama tossed in. Juba as a great talent for setting up a good intrigue, and I look forward to reading more of her work.

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna McBroom-Theriot on Aug. 03, 2011 :
First off, I have to say I absolutely loved this book. I cannot remember how long it has been since I have read a book where the ending and the “who dun it” remained a mystery to me. I am very good at predicting the ending of books after reading the first chapter, but this book was written so well, that I was caught by surprise – and you will be too.
I enjoyed the way each new chapter led with an event that happened twenty-five years before. We all have a curiosity about the past and I found this tidbit intriguing.
The book is about a unsolved murder of a young woman that happened in “small-town” America. A young “wanna be” reporter, suffering from guilt over her cousin’s death makes the decision to purge her own life of guilt by helping another family find peace.
The decision causes chaos and tears families apart. There are many characters in this book, but instead of being mind boggling, it adds to the suspense. The book has love, intrigue, and lots of mystery.
Don’t miss this page turner! It’s a must read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carol on June 14, 2011 :
This is a mystery with a minor romantic sub-plot and a very mild thriller element. The writing is thoughtful and engaging.
There is also a complete short story included and a deleted chapter from the book that makes you think about how characters are changed during the editing process. There are book club questions; I see how it would be an interesting choice for a book club.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Evie on April 01, 2011 :
Twenty Five Years Ago Today is a solid and intriguing contemporary mystery by Stacy Juba.

Kris Langley is an aspiring newspaper journalist, working as an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper. She is also in charge of a "25 Years Ago Today" column, and one of her duties is researching the archives. One day she comes across an unsolved murder mystery, that happened exactly 25 years ago. The murder victim was Diana Ferguson, a 21 year old cocktail waitress. Her body was found dumped in the woods. Unfortunately, despite various suspects, no one was ever actually charged with her murder.
Kris knows how it feels to have someone close to you brutally taken away, so she sympathizes with Diana's family. She decides she wants to try and solve the case and bring peace into their lives.
Kris starts to investigate the case on her own, without the approval of the managing editor, who surely wouldn't like the idea. She gets close with the victim's family, winning their trust and affection. With every moment she grows more and more desperate to solve the case.
Things get even more complicated when she meets Eric Soares, Diana's nephew, as the two of them are undeniably drawn to each other.

You won't regret picking up a copy of it. It's a fast-paced and engaging read, with just the perfect blend of mystery, drama and romance. It's definitely a page turner, I had trouble putting it down and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Stacy Juba did an excellent job immersing the reader. She kept me guessing who the murderer was till the very last pages , and just when I thought I had it all figured out, there came yet another twist, completely throwing me off! The ending caught me by surprise and was absolutely unpredictable!
I especially enjoyed the occasional sprinkle of Greek mythology, it most definitely added to the whole story, making it even more captivating. The main characters, Kris and Eric, were very likeable and real. The chemistry between them was simply fantastic, yet the romance didn't take over the book. It was just a perfect amount of sexiness to keep me interested, but not enough to make me frown - just the way I like it :)

To sum it all up: I had a great time reading this book. It is a perfectly balanced novel, that has it all: action, unsolved crime, thrilling twists, interesting mythology facts, romance, family drama and more! I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shelleyrae on March 02, 2011 :
Twenty Five Years Ago Today is a contemporary mystery by Stacy Juba. Haunted by the murder of her cousin, Kris Langley is drawn to a twenty five year old unsolved murder case she discovers in the local newspaper archives. Diana Soares was 21 when her body was discovered in the woods and despite the police identifying several possible suspects, her killer was never brought to justice. Intrigued, Kris approaches Diana’s family and offers to investigate. Her good intentions become complicated when the investigation takes an unexpected turn.
The plot is solid, with the conclusion a striking twist. I did feel that the story needed more tension to sustain momentum as I didn’t feel the suspense began to build until more than halfway through.
Kris has an interesting background which works as a catalyst for this story. I thought this was an interesting layer to her character but I admit I didn’t really warm to her. I felt there were some inconsistencies in her personality and behaviour that were minor but they niggled me, particularly her actions when she identified the killer.
The other characters that take part in the story are developed well, though I found it difficult to distinguish between Cheryl and her mother on occassion. Kris’s family members and their dynamic add interest to both her character and the storyline.The relationship between Kris and Eric provides a romantic subplot and I appreciated the epilogue that gave some closure to that thread.
The author has worked as a reporter and uses her experience to flesh out the details of the newspaper office and Kris’s role as an editorial assistant who writes mostly obituaries and community announcements. I liked Juba’s “25 Years Ago Today” segments that headed each chapter, and how the book was concluded through a series of “articles”.
Twenty Five Years Ago Today is a solid mytery debut by Stacy Juba and the E edition offers some interesting bonus features. The author has included two essays on writing the book, an interview with her main character, book club discussion questions, and original scene altered by the editing process. There is also an excerpt from Stacy Juba’s newest novel Sink or Swim, an excerpt of Hit List by Darcia Helle and a short story, The Artist by Maria Savva.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: koh on Jan. 11, 2011 :
I always enjoy a good mystery that keeps me guessing and this book did just that...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kari Wainwright on Sep. 11, 2010 :
I found Stacy Juba's characters to be believable, the plot twists intriguing, and the writing to be lyrical at times. An example of my favorite writing was: After a character shared a painful secret, she thought, "Maybe this was what it meant to have a weight lifted. Maybe it leaked out drop by drop in a rainfall of tears."

(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Barbara Ensign on July 07, 2010 : (no rating)
Stacy Juba has done it, this book has mystery, danger, "sexual tension" and a "I can't put it down" grip on you!
I was thrilled with it. Great read, I loved the "25 years ago today" info.
I can see Kris Langley as a series :) hint hint....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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