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Turn to Stone

(Jonathan Stride #5.6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,672 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Driving home to Minnesota one night after a long road trip, Duluth detective Jonathan Stride stops by the small Wisconsin town where his mother is buried to pay a visit to her grave. As he walks through the cemetery, a local sheriff’s car pulls up and an officer steps out, pulls out his gun, and takes his own life before Stride even has time to react.

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Published February 18th 2014 by Quercus (first published 2014)
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Novitiate. It sounds like a holy place, doesn’t it? Believe me, in Brian Freeman’s novella, “Turned to Stone,” its sanctity has been violated. My first clue was the pentagram on the cover in the “o” of the word “Stone.” Something terrible happened at the abandoned, burned-out building near Shawano, Wisconsin, which formerly housed an order of Catholic brothers.

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is travelling through southeastern Wisconsin on his way home to Duluth one dark, cold April night when he
Linda Strong
Detective Jonathan Stride is returning home one night when he decides to stop in the cemetery and pay respects to his mother and grandparents who are permanently resting there. During the course of his visit, a local sheriff's car pulls up, an officer steps out, pulls out his gun and takes his own life.

Asked by the man's widow to investigate the reason why her husband would kill himself, Stride finds himself opposed by the sheriff .. and a wall of silence from the community.

Does his suicide deat
Brian Freeman
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My new novella TURN TO STONE is half the length of an entire novel. It's the perfect opportunity to meet Jonathan Stride again as he tackles one of his most shocking cases ever.

Stride stops in a snowy cemetery in the small town of Shawano, Wisconsin, to visit his mother's grave, but he finds himself a witness to a shocking act of violence. Stride is a stranger in town, and the local police don't want him there...but his search for the truth makes him fear that a gruesome crime is about to happen
Andrew Smith
Aug 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve missed a few episodes in this series but it was good to catch up again with Duluth based homicide lieutenant Jonathan Stride. Travelling back to his home, he decides to stop off at a small Wisconsin town to visit the grave of his mother. However, his timing is such that he witnesses something I’m sure he’d wish he hadn’t seen.

I listened to an audio version of this novella, superbly read by talking book stalwart Joe Barrett. At five and a half hours it was about the perfect length for me: t
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brian Freeman's Lt. Jonathon Stride, Duluth, PD is one of those characters that exhibits a noble sense of integrity and justice. He's a smart detective trying to maneuver his love life while out-thinking his criminal adversaries. This outstanding novella takes a somewhat different turn when Stride stops by to visit his mothers grave in another town and witnesses a local cop commit suicide. His curiosity peaked, he is compelled to find the answer in this complex, page turning plot twister. I like ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Never heard of Brian Freeman before. This is a short story (a novella), interesting enough for breaks between books. Stride, the main character, witnesses the suicide of a police officer, while he is paying a visit to dead relatives in a cemetery. Not wanting to, he becomes involved in solving why the officer did it, unleasing some hell along the way.
The end of this story leads you into his next one, “The cold nowhere”, which I still don’t know if I will read. But this one was quite entertaining
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Freeman has been one of my favorite authors - his writing style is generally fast-paced, suspenseful, his mysteries have depth, interesting characters, and surprising twists! This novella was no exception - most of those boxes checked. BUT in ”Turn To Stone”, the use of F*Bombs, and the abundant use of other expletives, really sort of ruined it for me. 2.5 Stars - rounded up to 3.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed previous entries in the Jonathan Stride series and it was a pleasure to return to another. Lt. Stride of the Duluth Detective Unit decided to pause on his way back home at the small town where his mother was buried, to briefly visit her gravesite. Just as he finished, a sheriff’s car pulled up to the cemetery. Thinking someone in town had seen his flashlight and called the police, he headed over toward the car only to watch in horror as the deputy stands in front of the car and bl ...more
Nov 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And this Boys and Girls is why Brian Freeman is THE KING! This book had more twists and turns than a masterfully crafted roller coaster.

If there was one criticism I had, it would be that I didn’t like the choice of narrator. I thought he sounded much older and frail than Stride.
Matt Schiariti
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are a handful of authors whose work I buy automatically without even reading the book descriptions. Brian freeman is one of those authors, and Turn to Stone does not disappoint. As gripping as anything I've read in a long time, it sucked me in from the very beginning, and I found myself reading it in almost one sitting, ultimately finishing it in a day because I HAD to know what happened next.

.What Freeman does so well in Turn to Stone, as he does with all his novels, is work the fine line
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This little 'half-book/novella' was a super quick read. I liked this. It even had a bit of a creepy vibe which was new and added an extra little twist to the story.

My biggest complaint about this series is how all the women want a piece of Johnny. Sometimes this squabbling comes across as a little adolescent. So, I absolutely loved that there was no love interest in this book. It was just Johnny doing what Johnny does. So 4 stars.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book for this series. I stopped reading them for a bit but now I’m back on it. Love Stride and his unconventional ways of finding out the truth. He stops in a small town to view his mother’s grave and is pulled into the small towns mystery immediately! Dumb luck! He can’t go anywhere without murder all around him!
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I liked this book. My only issue is that I felt some of the Stride's investigation came too easily. He knew all the right questions to ask all the right people. I understand that he's badass but that doesn't always go over well in a story. ...more
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
TURN TO STONE [2014] (Jonathan Stride #5.6) By Brian Freeman
My Review Five Stars*****

This novella is considered to be a “prelude” to the sixth full-length Jonathan Stride book THE COLD NOWHERE. The Kindle Edition I purchased contains an excerpt from the upcoming Stride novel.

I just finished the short story titled SPITTING DEVIL, which was also written to help fill in the period of time between THE BURYING PLACE [2010] and the next full-length book to feature Detective Jonathan Stride. I was lef
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever Plot With Surprising Twists

For a short read, this moody mystery features a complex plot with several unexpected twists, which made me question the motives and actions of many secondary characters. The protagonist—homicide detective Jonathan Stride from Duluth, Minnesota—visits his mother’s grave in Wisconsin, and he sees a local police officer shoot himself. In this small town, everyone seems to have secrets and hidden connections to the suicide and a murder possibly tied to the suicide.
Mike Kennedy
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: brian-freeman
A short novella in the Jonathan Stride series. Stride Is driving back from testifying in Milwaukee when he stops to visit the gravesite of his mother in Shawano, Wisconsin. While visiting the graveside a local sheriffs deputy pulls into the cemetery and promptly commit suicide. Stride is pulled in by his uncle to help the deputies wife find out why her husband killed himself. This wasn’t bad for a novella. I probably would’ve rated a four star except for the fact that I found the ending a little ...more
Kally Sheng
There are so few decent people in this world. I’m not saying it was always easy. Relationships are never easy. - Kelli Andrews, Loc. 365

Everybody starts out innocent, right? Then shit happens. - Neal Gandy
Childhood screws us up and we spend the rest of our lives trying to fix it. - Jonathan Stride, Loc. 860

I am not sure you can ever put right the mistakes of the past. Most of us never get the chance. Fact is, most of us don’t try. If it ever comes your way, Jon, you leap at it, okay? - Richard H
Kimberly Morehouse
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was a bit different from the other books in the series so far. This was Stride on his own in another state. He was on his way back from a court case and stopped to visit his moms grave, when something really bad happened right in front of him. Stride being Stride just couldn't walk away without some answers. His uncle lives in this town as well and asked him to help tie up the loose ends. Things quickly get messy and very tangled. When you feel you have it all figured out a new player emerg ...more
Micky Cox
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short story from the Stride series. It doesn't have the usual cast of characters surrounding Stride, but is well plotted and has good character development to keep the story flowing. It moves at a faster pace than most of the books do, but as a short story it is not unusual to move at an advanced pace. I'm looking forward to getting back into a meatier story in the next book, but this was definitely entertaining and worth the time to listen to! ...more
janis louthis
Oct 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I search for these books.

As usual, Mr Freeman’s books are overwhelmingly engrossing. Once I start one, I can’t put it down. His characters seem more than real. I always feel that it could be me that he’s fighting for. This is his true genius. I wait impatiently for the next book of his that I can find. He’s one of the best writers I know of. I will always read his books, somehow, every time I find one.
Ada Iaboni
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this is my first book from this author and once again it's a series!
This one was on the short side, which is probably a novella not a novel. It was good. Not great and certainly not an award winning novella. It dealt with, what the characters claimed it to be, demonic possession. However, many strange things did happen, but was it the devil?
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesomely narrated by Joe Barrett, this novella kept me hooked as a 5.6 mystery claims Jonathan Stride as he visits his hometown where his mother is buried (he is broken up with Serena) and sees a policeman kill himself in the cemetery. Needless to say he gets drawn in, the town cop hates his involvement but there are other bodies turning up, women who have been abused, and teens with secrets. Another awesome read in the Jonathan Stride series by Brian Freeman!
L Cherry
This is one of my favorites in the series!
The story takes place away from Stride's hometown and away from his usual partners and friends, which I expected to take away from the story, but it did not. The mystery is good and the characters are good. I was sucked into this one and could not wait to see how things turned out. I enjoyed the audible version of this and love the narrator.
Linda D Naylor
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was so well-written and I was so intrigued by it that I'm not even annoyed that I have to go on to the sequel to finish the story. Excited complex and believable. Thoroughly enjoy Jonathan stride and look forward to more. Brian Freeman does it again.
Janet Hasbargen
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting Winter Read

Another thriller to keep you warm as you follow the Duluth officer on a road trip into a small town in Wisconsin. A chance encounter leaves him spending time solving a mystery. Believable characters and an intriguing story to satisfy any mystery fan.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, freeman
I enjoyed this short story. It kept my attention with its cast of characters and took me by surprise in the end (as usual with Freeman). I enjoyed the interaction between Stride and his uncle also because I often wish Stride had more family.
Kseniya Fyodorova
I can’t explain in details why I rated it with 3 stars. I felt that something was missed. Not M or S, it’s not that, but something. I liked Jon’s uncle though. Hope he’ll be a part of any future stories.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Secrets never stay hidden. Stride is caught in the fallout when they begin to come to light.
2 and half stars. Easy listening.
Sheree Rose
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

First time reading love the story. Great surprise ending. Will read more of this series. Can't wait to start next one.
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Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian was also selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne ...more

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