Sunday, 25 January 2015

JKSCommunications Virtual Tour: Review: #JackStenhouse Mysteries by Frank A. Ruffalo

Published by Linkville Press
January 2015
Paperback, eBook

Beautiful women are dying in Fort Lauderdale from the bite of a black mamba, the deadliest snake in Africa.  Then, during the feast of Saturnalia, a serial killer targets prostitutes during a cold winter in New York City.

Join Detective Jack Stenhouse, a seasoned professional with the fort Lauderdale P.D., as he cruises the hot asphalt in his ‘68 Hemi Road Runner.  Follow Jack with his girlfriend Didi, a women with a name to match her attributes, as he moves to the Big Apple and joins the First Precinct as the new recruit on duty.

Learn how the Shadow of Death accompanies Jack like an albatross around his neck.  Find out if the Saturnalian Affect will cloud his judgement.

Now, enter the mysterious world of Jack Stenhouse. If you dare...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         

Angelle Barbazon


Switching genres, varied writer Frank A. Ruffolo unveils first murder mystery this coming January

Fort Lauderdale homicide detective takes on beach murder in Jack Stenhouse series

Hollywood, Fla. – Author Frank A. Ruffolo introduces Fort Lauderdale’s top homicide detective Jack Stenhouse, a gruff man with a strong liking for women, in this coming January’s release of The Jack Stenhouse Mysteries.

In part one titled The Shadow of Death, a man combing the Fort Lauderdale beach with a metal detector comes upon a gold ring, still attached to the finger of a woman, dead and naked under the sand’s surface. Jack Stenhouse is called to the scene and soon finds himself trying to unravel the reason why beautiful women are dying from the bite of a Black Mamba, an incredibly venomous snake found only in Africa.

In the second part of the series, The Saturnalian Affect, Jack and his stripper girlfriend Diedre – nicknamed Didi to match her voluptuous attributes – move to the Big Apple. As a rookie detective in the First Precinct, Jack and his fellow detectives must stop a serial killer that appears to only target hookers during the pagan feast of Saturnalia.

Ruffolo was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up in West Hempstead on Long Island. After a 40-year career in the private sector, State University of New York at Farmingdale alumnus Ruffolo retired early to pursue his new career in writing. His first novel Gabriel’s Chalice, was inspired by his 15 years of experience as a volunteer at a Marian apparition site in Florida. He is also the author of an adventure love story, The Trihedral of Chaos, sold originally as a three-part novella series, and is working on four new novels. Ruffolo has lived in South Florida for 34 years with his wife.

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I'm a huge fan of murder mysteries and I was really looking forward to reading these two stories, but, unfortunately, they just didn't do it for me.

There was something about the POV and prose that kept me disconnected, and most of the time it felt like I was being told what was happening instead of being shown. On top of that, I didn't like the main character very much. He was a perv and at times came off really sleazy. I also felt that the women in this book were objectified too much.  

The base plotline was interesting, I just think it could have been executed better, instead the stories fell flat.


Frank A. Ruffolo is a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale with an Associates degree in Mechanical Technlogy.  He enjoyed a 40 year career in private industry in Purchasing and Purchasing Management.  Married for over 35 years to his beautiful wife Christine, they are blessed with two wonderful children, Michael and Alicia.  Frank took early retirement to pursue his new career as an author, and recently released his first novel, Gabriel’s Chalice, inspired by 15 years of experience as a volunteer at a Marian apparition site in Hollywood, FL. Please follow Frank on Facebook to read about his future releases.

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your input but disagree. Jack is not a pervert. Jack is a player, a scoundrel, a bad good guy. He acts and speaks where other men just think and dream. The objectification of women was to emphasize the seedy underbelly of the industries of exotic dancers, prostitution and pornography. I am a storyteller. I tell my stories to release your imagination to show you what I am telling. I suggest going to movies to have a venue of a story being shown.


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