Friday, March 8, 2013

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO by Stacy Juba_Review

Review of Twenty Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba
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-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.

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