What are people saying about
Angel Encounters, Shiloh and the Cave,
Finding Alan, The Other Side of Time,
New Pictures of an Old Murder, and The Desk:
This book is phenomenal! You ought to do a sequel!
Loved, loved, loved
Angel Encounters is a book meant to be
savored in bite-sized morsels, like a favorite decadent
dessert. Some of the stories will make you laugh, some
will bring you to tears, and some will raise goosebumps
and make you not want to turn the lights out! For me, the
stories affirm that it's okay to believe in your sixth
Thank you for compiling the stories. I look forward to the
I want to compliment you on Angel
Encounters! Scott and I have now read it from
cover to cover. Each story is unique and thought provoking
for the reader ~ your variety of sources really added
credence to the book. Great job! You are sure to
receive rave reviews as you promote it!
Shiloh and the Cave
Carol Alder Talanian
Plymouth, MA and Naples, FL
I really do think Finding Alan is the best
and have been meaning to tell you. It took me a while to get
around the reading it and then I could not put it down. I
especially liked the way the story moved constantly - not too
many details, just enough. I also liked the descriptions of
the areas - reminded me of those old old Harlequin romance
books we used to read that made you want to visit the places
they described. Way way back when they were as clean as a
whistle. When I worked in the library at school, I tried to
get the girls to read them because they were so clean and you
could actually learn about foreign places.
I loved Finding Alan. What an
imagination you have!
Margaret Hadfield Fann
I'm glad to say Finding Alan
was very good all
the way from page one to the last page. I'm so proud of
you!!! AND I get to tell all my friends I have a very
successful writer friend! Love ya.. and keep up the good
Jonna has done it again. One great suspense book after
another. If you love a book that keeps your mind working
constantly trying to figure out "who done it" then
book for you. Amazing twists and non-stop action throughout
the whole book. I do recommend that if you have not done so,
order both books and read The Desk
first. Like others,
I can see more books about these great characters and if that
were not enough, Jonna is a master a painting very vivid
pictures with words making her books play out like a movie as
you read them. Movie of her books, what a great idea!!!!
Jonna, you have done it again! I was hooked in the first
chapter of Finding Alan and then you just slowly reeled me
in. It was very hard for me to put it down. I have totally
enjoyed your first 4 books and anxiously await #5. I have
never been in Seattle or Victoria, but after reading Finding
Alan, I could go there and feel like I had been there before.
You have a great talent of painting the scene and making one
feel like we are standing right there. Living in the Memphis
area now and having lived in the Denver area, it's a hoot to
read about familiar places. Thanks for sharing your craft
I have read the book and was so anxious all the way
through it. You really have a way with words,
description and suspense. There are not enough words to
tell how much this book meant to me. I have been waiting
for the sequel to The Desk, and I will say
this, I was not disappointed in Finding Alan.
I may read it again, after a week or two.
Fine read m'lady. Finding Alan arrived in the mail
late Monday. Mother read it Monday night. I read it
Tuesday night. We both agree it's a good book. Congrats,
Jonna. You did it again. When are the movies going into
The Other Side of Time
The Other Side of Time. It was great! I didn`t
want to put it down. I don`t know how you do it!!! Now I am
waiting for New Pictures of an Old Murder!
I finished your latest book
The Other Side of Time and it is your greatest thriller
yet! So many plot twist and turns you do end up holding your
breath! Loved it and now would like to see Agatha have more time
Carol Alder Talanian
Plymouth, MA and Naples, FL
Life is what one makes of it,
especially after experiencing a loss or tragedy. Despite the
good intentions of others to help, it is solely up to each
person to restore their own happiness and contentment,
beginning with the will to do so.
The Other Side of Time
explores this kind of dilemma, through its heroine,
Agatha Windham, revealing the proven fact that one’s
happiness and contentment is usually to be found through
what one can do to help others. But, Agatha’s story is by no
means a simple one, because it transcends time itself,
through the panes of a stained glass window, taking her back
and forth between her own time in 1982 Massachusetts and a
war ravaged 1942 Germany. Though circumstances threaten her
very existence in both time periods, she gradually finds
herself trying to choose which time period will allow her to
do the greater good and therefore find the greater
Ed Beall, Author
New Pictures of an Old Murder, a
Highlands Ranch Mystery
You don't know me but I'm Barbara and Carol Alder's older
Just finished reading Jonna
Turner's mystery, New Pictures of an Old Murder,
and it's absolutely great!! Full of mystery and it's clean
Bevell Lunsford, Teacher
So glad to
hear you are almost finished with the sequel to The
. It was WONDERFUL, and I can't wait for the
next installment. As soon as I finished that one, I picked
up New Pictures
, which I couldn't put down.
Now Missy is hoarding the third one, The Other Side
. I keep asking her to hurry up and bring
it, but she keeps giving me an excuse of some sort.
New Pictures of an Old Murder is an
intriguing tale of murder and mystery. Jonna Turner, a Colorado
resident, places her second mystery novel in the familiar
setting of Highlands Ranch. All readers will enjoy the subtle
humor of the sassy and stubborn Val as she searches out the
Colorado Country Life Magazine
November 2009 issue
Man, New Pictures of an Old Murder just grabs
you and doesn't let go. I finished it in one afternoon (and I
am not the quickest reader, let me tell ya). You really blow
I finished New Pictures of an Old Murder and
was so entertained by it. It was so very interesting and kept me
wondering what would happen next. A lot of mystery in it and I
will have to admit that I never thought of --- as helping out
with the dirty deed!!!! Another book of yours that I couldn't
put down. How do you do it?
I finally got to reading
Jonna's book New Pictures of an Old Murder...
I finished it yesterday.. I LOVED IT!!!!!! Please let
her know that I totally enjoyed the book, have ordered The
Desk, and plan on buying the new one coming out in the
spring. She is a wonderful writer!
Frayser) Joan. I feel like I know you, because I heard them
both talk about
you while they were growing up, and I might have even met
you, but my memory
of those days is foggy. The reason I'm E-mailing is I've
stayed up too late
a couple of nights reading your mystery novel, New Pictures
of an Old Murder, and I wanted to let you know how much I've
enjoyed it. We've all read it, and really, really liked it.
Joan Alder Valentine
As usual Ms. Turner's New Pictures of an Old Murder
has captured the mind of the reader. A fast-paced mystery
that is hard to put down. Looking forward to more work from
her. Her other work, The Desk
, is in the same
caliber, set in her home town of Memphis, TN.
Edward A. Jackson
New Pictures of an Old Murder: A Highlands Ranch
Mystery was rivoting. Ms. Turner did a wonderful job of
keeping me guessing "Who Done It" and "Why," allowing me to
draw my own conclusions (several times - some right, some
wrong). The story line kept me interested - not wanting to
put the book down - and never lagged. Because I am familiar
with the area she wrote about, it was especially fun to
visualize where the main character lived, where her kids
went to school, and the streets she drove on. She really
makes the story "come alive," even if you don't know the
area. It was fun to read and I can't wait for her to publish
her next book. Congratulations Ms. Turner!
I finished New Pictures this morning, and I love it!
Congratulations on a very well written story from beginning
to end. I don't know how you do it! And a surprise ending
Sue Kurtz, Sheriff
San Juan County, CO
I just wanted to drop you a line
to let you know how much I enjoyed New
Pictures of an Old Murder! What a great plot and such
excellent character development! I literally could not put it
down, and when I did, I found myself thinking of the
characters in the middle of the night. One such night was
after I had read the part where Val gets kidnapped and left in
Sedalia, and then when she got left up on Guanella Pass. I
just couldn't wait to read some more and find out what
to her! I also really liked the fact that the book took place
in a locale that I'm so familiar with (Highlands Ranch) and
how you tied up all the loose ends at the end of the book.
Thank you so much for writing this book - I hope I can look
forward to another Highlands Ranch mystery soon!
Carol Van Kouwenberg
Highlands Ranch, CO
I loved New Pictures!
I have a waiting list of friends who want to borrow it.
I'm going to order The Desk now and read it! Good
I stayed up half the night reading
New Pictures of an Old Murder! Could not put it
down. I'm loving it! I've got The Desk to read
I'm loving New Pictures of an Old
Murder!!! Try the Christian book stores. Maybe it will wake
up a few self-righteous people who do more to put off would-be
Christians than anything else! I would like to see Val again
and the kids. Even her husband who just very briefly appeared
in the book but was certainly supportive.
Bev van Kirk
Enjoyed New Pictures of an Old
Murder very much and now am anxious to visit Colorado and
the places mentioned in your book!
Josephine Tullos Freshour,
I'm reading New Pictures of an Old Murder now (got it a couple
of days ago) and I can't put it down! I was holding my
breath all through the prologue. Great stuff.
Barbara Alder Carter, Artist
I finished The Desk. The intriguing plot keeps the
reader engaged...good job.
Just finished The Desk
, and it, too,
was full of mystery, Colorado and Memphis, and a
great ending. I also found humor included, which
makes it even better. You are a super writer!
Bevell Lunsford, Teacher
I just finished The Desk
and I really
enjoyed it. Jeagan is a great character and I'm looking
forward to her next adventure. Please let me know when
the sequel is available. I can't wait to see what
happens in her search for Alan. I really like your
writing style and would like to read your other books
Just finished reading your book The Desk
and totally enjoyed it. You are a very gifted writer.
Just to give you a laugh, I read a good part of the book
while waiting in line to get my car inspected (am sure
you remember doing that a few times), and thanks to the
book didn't mind the 1 1/2 hour wait at all. Tonight I
will be starting New pictures of an Old Murder
and can't wait to see the twist and turns that one
I am about
halfway through The Desk
. I didn't want
to put it down last night, but David told me to take the
book off my face and turn out the light, I was snoring.
It is so good, and I love reading about the different
places in Memphis. Things we take for granted, seeing
them all the time, are so interesting when seen through
someone else's eyes.
I just finished The
Desk. All I can say is WOW. I Loved it. You
are a great writer. I can't wait to pick up the next
one. I was absolutely thrilled to get your books (for
Christmas) and feel VERY proud to have them signed by
the fabulous author.
I really liked your The Desk. I actually read
it twice. Kept my attention and that is pretty good seeing I
think I have ADD.
I received your three books in the mail yesterday. I have
already finished The Desk. I
couldn't put it down, until I found out what happened....lol
Very good book, can't wait to get to New Pictures of
an Old Murder and The Other Side of Time.
If you haven't read The
missed something good. I just ordered the others today. She
definitely beats old John (Grisham) in my book. Same style
but he loses me some times and I always want to fill in the
gaps with the facts. He uses too much that is fact and
doesn't finish it. If I know all the facts, I want the good
juicy stuff in there, too.
Turner's writing flows effortlessly from beginning to
end. From its historical flashbacks to modern day
mystery-solving, The Desk was a pleasure to read.
T. Shaw, Attorney
The Desk was such an exciting
book from start to finish. Once I started reading the book I
just could not put it down. Highly recommend. I am so excited
about reading her new book, New Pictures of an Old Murder!!
Keep up the great writing!
I must commend the talents of Jonna
Turner!!!! I just completed The Desk and found myself unable to
put it down. I liked it so much that I had to purchase her next
book, New Pictures of an Old Murder, right away and can't wait
to start reading it. The Desk is an easy read and goes at a fast
pace from start to the edge-of-your-seat end!!!! A+++
In this mystery
novel, The Desk, events surrounding a 50-year-old murder are flashed
before Jeagan Christensen's eyes when she sits at her recently
acquired antique desk. Haunted by the murder scene, Jeagan
travels to Memphis where her life promptly turns into a
nightmare. It has to stop; and she's the only person who can
make it happen.
The setting in
Memphis centers on the famous Peabody Hotel. The Peabody is an
old, elegant hotel in downtown Memphis and is best known for its
ducks that live in the lobby fountain. The story is about two WW
II lovers, one a Memphis socialite, the other a farmer's son.
The scenes shift masterfully from WW II to the present. Enough
to keep one guessing…. This book is by local author Jonna
Turner. Turner is an experienced writer in many areas. She has
done technical and promotional writing and has three novels to
her credit. She is currently working on a fourth.
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Set in the modern
day, but with haunting flashbacks to the mid-1900s, The Desk is a
film-noir of a novel whose heroine, Jeagan Christensen, is forced
by visions to become one gutsy gal in quest of answers. A piece of
furniture, which comes into her possession as an antique, also
brings with it the antiquity of an unrequited murder. It is the
murder of an innocent, as Jeagan discovers in her quest, that was
covered up to retain the honor of a class-conscious family.
Against odds, which would daunt even the seasoned professional,
Jeagan rushes forth in total ignorance of her amateur stature to
put meat on the bones of an old skeleton that refuses to remain in
the closet. For those who like mysteries, this is one to read for
Author of The Skull of Bogan Rio
enjoyed your wonderful book, The Desk. What a page turner—I finished it in
a day! It is now nestled on our ‘American authors’ shelf between
Calvin Trillin and Anne Tyler! They were very accepting.
Mona Kreitner, Professor of Music History at University of
Memphis, who has also
recorded original scores for the
films Love Under Siege, Sarkici, and
enters The Twilight Zone in this whodunit (The Desk) that spans generations
and social strata. Meet Jeagan Christensen, a young lady who
appears to possess it all: good looks, a wealthy father, an
ambitious fiancé. But this charming little scenario shatters the
moment she sits at The Desk. Cue: do-do-do-do music...I enjoyed
reading about a mystery heroine with real flaws, for a change,
although at the beginning she almost comes across as being too
flawed—in her role as a doormat to her jerk of a fiancé—to be
sympathetic. The Rear Window component to this tale shines forth
in the sense of someone with zany ideas that no one believes,
crippled, in Jeagan’s case by her ignorance, yet determined to
be proven right. And, as in Rear Window, being proven right
almost earns Jeagan a one-way ticket to the
Kim Headlee, author of
DAWNFLIGHT: The Legend of Guinevere
I enjoyed your
book so much (The Desk) and…I do not read fiction much. You do a great job
describing the places, people and things. I’m so impressed!
Reading your descriptions of the places makes me want to go to
some of them and “re-look.” I could not guess how the book would
end. However the ending was exciting and leaves you an opening
for a sequel.
Gurley, Author, Introduction to
Radiologic Technology, 5th
You witch! I
got in bed last night and started reading your book (The
Desk). It was 2:00
before I finally had to put it down and go to sleep. When I woke
up this morning, I had to finish reading it before I came to
Embry-Busch., Tech Writer
I loved your
book! Read it (The Desk) on a trip from
to Las Vegas to LA. When will the sequel be done? I want copies
for my mom, my sister, and my aunt—whose husband is a retired
Warner Brothers executive.
Matt Case, Tech Writer
Los Angeles, CA
I loved your
book (The Desk)! Your writing is similar to John Grisham—and I love
Grisham! When will the sequel be out?
Key West, FL
The Desk! Hurry up and do the sequel!
Tullos Freshour, Photographer
What a great
read! I really enjoyed it (The Desk) and can't wait for the next. You
do have what it takes to go 'all the way'--so just do it!
Plant, Event Specialty Planning, LLC
Castle Rock, CO
handled plot twists abound in Jonna Turner's, The Desk,
her first foray into the mystery genre. Whodunit aficionados
will eagerly seek out the next suspense novel from this
Woodward, Director of Sales, Westcliffe Publishing
I just wanted
to let you know that I borrowed your book (The Desk) from my friend, Shawn
Cross, this weekend. I must tell you that I am not one to sit
and read a book, but I could not put this one down until I
finished it. I just wanted to let you know that I found it to be
great reading and I hope that there is a part 2. I am curious to
see if she does find Alan.
Wendy Shropshire, HP
I loved your
book! If you haven't sent out press releases, we will gladly do
that for you to help you promote The Desk. Plus, I want
copies for friends and family! Can't wait for the sequel!
By the way, your book has
made for some nice Christmas presents--I've gotten two rave
reviews already from friends.
President, Thomas-Martin & Associates
I read The
Desk! I can't wait to see the sequel, but it sounds like
you have got a big list of ones to write. I found your book at
Barnes and Noble. I think there were 3 copies on the shelf. Keep
up the great work.
Nancy Ream, President, FedEx Pilots’ Wives Association
I thought it
was about time that I tell YOU how much I enjoyed The Desk.
I have been telling everyone else, so I thought it only right to
sit down and tell you! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and
hated that it was over so quickly. Hopefully, you have a sequel
I finished your
book (The Desk) and I loved it! But I want to ‘go’ on the search for Alan
so I hope you are writing a sequel that will have that story! I
can't wait to read your next novel.
San Juan County, CO
Your book cost
me half a night’s sleep! Got into it and had to finish. I love a
good mystery. I follow Kellerman, Connelly, and that group. I
really enjoyed The Desk, and presently two of my
granddaughters are reading it. Keep me posted on your next book.
I just wanted
to send you a note that I have just finished reading The Desk.
I brought it
with me to Chicago, I read it on the plane and had to finish in
at the hotel before I could do anything else. I wanted to know
the rest of the story. I enjoyed the book very much and it
definitely retained my interest. I also enjoyed the reference to
people and places I know, and the big telco client:) I plan to
pass the book on to my friends to read as well. I think they
will enjoy it very much. Great job and I really enjoyed the
Pryor, Project Manager, Hewlett-Packard
The Desk so much. Once I started I was hooked. Have you
considered a sequel telling the story of the search for Alan?
Just a quick note to let you know I
just finished your book (The Desk). LOVED IT! I think
you just need the right break and are as good as they come. Of
always enjoyed the stories you wrote when we were teenagers too.
I sat down and
read the book straight through, couldn't put it down. Now we
need you to write
another one so we can find out if Isabel ever finds her long
Beech Grove, IN
Once I started The Desk, I
couldn't put it down. Every time I tried to put it down, I
kept wondering what was happening to Jeagan and had to go pick
it up again and keep reading! Does she ever find Alan?
Castle Rock, CO
Read your book (The Desk) and enjoyed it
immensely. Certainly is quite a cut above that gal who writes
the Alphabet Mysteries.
Bev Van Kirk