J.A. Rost

Judith (Thoennes) Rost, an Alexandria, MN native, who writes under the name of J. A. Rost, has released her third book in the River Falls Mystery Series called Saved by Grace. 

Judith (Thoennes) Rost, an Alexandria, MN native, who writes under the name of J. A. Rost, has released her third book in the River Falls Mystery Series called Saved by Grace. The first two books of the cozy mystery series, Secrets in the High Rise and No Reasonable Doubt were released earlier under IngramSpark Publishing and Amazon.

Secrets in the High Rise is a cozy murder mystery based on mysterious happenings in a high rise in a fictional town of River Falls, Minnesota. No Reasonable Doubt is also a cozy murder mystery. A spokesperson for the author admits she used her daughter’s flower shop, Broadway Floral, as the setting even though she changed the store name in the last two books. The newest release, Saved by Grace, is a mystery and was inspired from a kidnapping that took place in Central Minnesota several years ago.

Ms. Rost uses everyday people in her novels, and the women as the protagonists are strong and faithful even in the face of adversity. Her spokesperson says her books are filled with humor, mystery, murder and romance which make an interesting read from beginning to end. She adds an inspirational theme to each book to include the supernatural and miracles.

Tracey Anderson and Mark Anthony from KOOL TV write an acknowledgement in the book: “The River Falls Mystery Series by J. A. Rost is packed with all the mystery and romance one hopes to get when you sit down to a book of this genre. It tips the scales when you add miracles. They are great reading, not only for those who believe in God, but, also those who are unsure of where they stand in their journey.”

Pastor John Taplin also placed an acknowledgement in the book: “With a knack for captivating a reader’s interest with the fictional pen, J. A. Rost utilizes the world of make-believe to force one to rethink their own family, peers and community while, at the same time, contemplating the authenticity of one’s personal faith and moral fiber. Is Christ’s “Golden Rule” a command or merely a suggestion?”

The author is a graduate of Jefferson High School and Alexandria Technical College. She and her husband and two dogs spend their summers in Alexandria.

Ms. Rost has also been published in various magazines, online websites, and Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She writes under different pen names, but decided to use her own name for the River Falls Mystery Series.

Ms. Rost is currently working on the final book in the series and will be moving on to writing another series.


Her books currently can be purchased at Broadway Floral or Cherry Street Books in Alexandria or online at Amazon.com as a paperback or Kindle e-book or through any bookstore. For more information you can view her website at www.jarost-author.com or contact her through email at booksbyjarost@outlook.com.