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Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  504 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
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 fascin ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Mainly Murder Press
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Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining murder mystery with a twist of romance. Twenty-something Kris Langley is an editorial assistant with the local newspaper, primarily writing obits and providing short snippets for the Twenty-Five Years Ago Today column. She wants to be more involved in writing stories for the paper, and resents her colleagues who have no scruples and yet are praised for their work at the newspaper. When Kris comes across a story about a local girl, Diana Ferguson, who was murdered 25 years ago, sh ...more
Anne Kat Alexander
Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a great murder mystery.
Recommended to Anne Kat by: Free copy received from the author.
Shelves: read-2010, reviewed
I'm thwacking myself with a pillow right now for adhering to a strict rating policy... But I can't say much more than three and a half stars--I liked it, but it didn't hold anything special.

The mystery is excellent, the plot wonderful. Each chapter was planned out nicely, with the mystery suitably unsolved until the very end. The author keeps you guessing all the way through as to who did it, making it a true page-turner. It takes off slowly, but it's an exponential growth--by the time you get r
Dierdra McGill
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I went back and forth from 2 to 3 stars but finally decided on 3 because I did enjoy the first half of the book.
The second half of the book tho was close to terrible. I don't understand why the romance between Kris and Eric was even in the book at all, it moved way to fast and gave nothing to the story at all. Filler maybe or the author wanted to write romance and couldn't? I don't know. I never felt like they had any sparks or chemistry and really they kissed ONCE then sleeping together and nev
Gail Baugniet
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today author Stacy Juba tells the story of a young editorial assistant and obituary writer, Kris Langley, who happens upon details of an unsolved murder that occurred 25 years ago. She decides, subconsciously, to assuage her guilt over a cousin's death by attempting to solve the case.

In her search, Kris revisits the trail that the original detective laid during his investigation. Information she uncovers only strengthens her belief that she doesn't deserve happiness.

As th
In reviewing microfilm looking for items for her column "Twenty-Five Years Ago Today," editorial assistant Kris comes across a story of an unsolved murder. Having felt responsible for her cousin's murder when they were twelve and she tricked her cousin into going off on her own, Kris decided to atone for her guilt by solving this old murder. Why she thought she could succeed where two decades of police investigation failed wasn't clear, but she was determined. Her investigation kept me glued to ...more
Mistress of the Dark Path
Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is about a young woman, Kris Langley, who is troubled by her past. When she was twelve years old, her cousin was murdered. Kris feels responsible for the death and cannot get past it. After an attempt to run from the memories plaguing her, she comes back to her home town and begins a job as an editorial assistant for the local newspaper. Due to her chronic insomnia problems, she is happy to find a position where she can work a later shift. Initially, her duties are le ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
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
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Published by Mainly Murder Press
ISBN-13: 9780615290119
ISBN: 0615290116
At the request of the author, a PDF EBook edition, was provided, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from B&N): 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 new
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book clubs, those who like suspense with a little romance
When I saw the title, I knew I had to download this book. Kris Langley is an aspiring reporter at a small-town newspaper whose job includes writing blurbs about events that happened "25 years ago today." That was once my job. I was younger than Kris-still a teenager-when I launched my newspaper career at the Clearwater Sun. One of my assignments was scrolling through old microfilm looking for historical events that could be summed up in a sentence or two. I had to do not just 25 years ago, but a ...more
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5 stars

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-yea
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery with a little romance thrown in.

I received a copy of this book for review.

If you like well-written, nicely paced whodunits , well fleshed-out characters, a few deft twists and a dash of romance this is definitely the book for you.

Kris is writing obituaries and birth announcements, with a few historical town tidbits, when she finds the story of an unsolved murder 25 years before. Because of her own feelings of guilt about her own cousin's murder when they were 12, she decides to see
Andrea Love
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This book is full of intriguing characters and plot twists that keep the reader coming back.

Racked with grief and guilt over her cousin's tragic murder, Kris believes she can bring peace to the suffering family of a talented young artist murdered 25 years ago. Kris' own complicated family situation provides motivation for her to continue in the face of adversity, to prove she can forge her own path to success and happiness, and come clean about the secrets she's been keeping. The more Kris lear
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
An old secret. A missing person. And an inquisitive journalist. Kris Langley comes across a cold case of a missing woman. She thinks she is doing the missing woman a favour by seeking closure. However, the reader and Kris both find out things cannot end well for the person who wants to dig it all up and expose it to the world.

What this does is soon tears up her personal life to shreds. But Kris continues to pursue the case despite being told to leave things alone by the people she loves. I was
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book

This is the best book I have read all year! It moves you to depths of emotions you didn't realize you had. The author has a way to draw you so deeply into the story you feel you are both in the present and the present. The descriptive way with words is magical. The story of death of a young cousin and the emotional impact it had on the main character to the extent it was never dealt with and physically effects her adult life.
The two polar opposite families technique with grief and lov
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this mystery and found it well written. Stacy Juba was a new writer to me but I am glad I discovered her. The plot of this novel hooked me and reeled me in from the very start and kept me enthralled thoughout. The writing style was of the calibur of Mary Higgins Clark or Tess Gerritsen.

This was an excellent mystery and I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it. I look forward to future novels by Stacy Juba.
Darcia Helle
This book has it all - mystery, suspense, drama, deceit, and a sprinkle of romance. The characters sparkle with life. For me, this was one of those books where the characters became like friends I was rooting for. Right from the start, I was pulled into the story and taken for a wonderful ride.

Stacy Juba is a terrific new voice in fiction. She’s at work on her next novel and I can’t wait to read it!
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
The characters were a match made in heaven, it seemed as if the author had their voices in her head the wholke way through. The thriller held me throughout and when I finished, a sigh of relief and happiness broke out. I would reccommend this book to everyone :)
Naomi Blackburn
Jun 16, 2010 rated it liked it
This was an interesting was incredibly shallow so a very quick read for me. A mystery with a tinge of romance without going overboard, but it was very superficially written, so I was almost able to skim it and still get the gyst of the book.
Laurie Martin
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
good quick read
Suzanne Young
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A good mystery, particularly if you like "cold case" stories. Believable plot, good characters and scenes. A story you keep thinking about now and again.
Loni Emmert
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Twist of an ending.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a great mystery that also ended up having a hint of romance.
Thom Swennes
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Twenty-six-year-old Kris Langley is an aspiring journalist working for The Fremont Dailey News, in Fremont, Massachusetts. As to be expected, Kris started in the lower echelons of the newspaper. Obituaries were her main forte. This may seem trivial, morbid, and tedious, but to the families of the deceased, this was far from the case. Kris takes her job seriously and tries to write her pieces with honor and respect.
In addition to the daily obituaries, Kris was given a daily piece called “Twenty-F
Anita Lina
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review.

A really good book with a plot that has wonderful twists and turns making it hard to figure out " who done it "!!! A must read it book. And I know as I am an avid reader and aspiring author.
Jean McGowan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the concept a few more characters would have been welcomed. The choice of a ferret was a interesting pet. I had a friend that died violently and I Dona’s think you ever get over it but better when evil doer is caught.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick read, good read right through to the end.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really great!! I loved the mystery, and definitely wasn't expecting that ending! What a twist! Kris has just left a high powered job to be an assistant at her hometown newspaper because she's not happy. While working at the paper, she comes across an unsolved murder that she feels drawn to, so she decides that she is going to see if she can figure out the mystery, and she is also determined to solve the mystery because she is carrying around a lot of guilt from an incident when she was y ...more
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Taking a job she has no experience with, Kris Langley is glad to be home. Editorial assistant at a newspaper was not her original plan. However, due to an opening and her preference for the four-midnight shifts, she was hired on the spot. Her mother is embarrassed at her chosen career, being a Doctor she finds Kris’s new job writing obituaries and finding fluff articles for the paper a step down. Never close, Kris is further ostracized away by her cold behavior. Her father though is as proud as ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mareena by: Amazon
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 per
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, for-review
This was a great mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end!

Kris Langley is a young editorial assistant, who works for the Freemont Daily News in Massachusetts. In addition to typing up obituaries and birth announcements, she scopes out interesting historical tidbits from the paper’s microfilms for the “Twenty-Five Years Ago Today” feature. She comes across an unsolved murder of a young woman named Diana Ferguson, whose body was found bludgeoned to death in the Freemont State Woods. Tort
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