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The Hound of Duville and Other Stories

(Beaumont and Beasley #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Presenting five tales of magic, monsters, and mystery from the world of Beaumont and Beasley.

A dragon and a thief search for the stolen brain of a dead god.

A most unusual nanny guards a little boy from the monsters in the attic.

A beastly butler helps to extricate a wealthy playboy from a highly unsuitable marriage.

Mysterious attacks plague a mental hospital for magical cre
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published June 10th 2019
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Christine Smith
The Janus Elixir:

I. Loved. This. Story. Though this is the first of 6 novellas that will comprise Beaumont and Beasley book #4, if you've never read any of the Beaumont and Beasley books but want a sampling of them, this is a good one to start with. Some events in it may come into play later on, but it has no spoilers to previous books.

This story is about MALCOLM. In all his grumpy, dragon-y glory. ‘Cause yeah, HE’S A DRAGON. And a SHAPESHIFTING DRAGON. He can be in human form or dragon form at
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite out of them all.

Favorite short story in this book? The Mary Poppins one with Chester (whom I really hope I get to see more of).
Merie Shen
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shultz has risen up to one of my top favorite authors of all time-- his fairytale mashups are purely amazing. The Return of Beaumont and Beasley certainly doesn't fail to deliver.

The Janus Elixir~ A mishmash of Greek mythical figures and the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with some elements of Frankenstein and Peter Pan thrown in-- clearly a combination of those four brilliant works can only mean another brilliant work. Better yet, it's told in the point-of-view of Malcolm Blackfire, the epito
Bethany Kellam
Alrighty, here goes.

This was definitely one of my favorite books from Shultz, mainly because it was a return to the comedic side of the Afterverse. Don't get me wrong, I loved the third book. But I still missed the laugh-out-loud moments that had me chuckling for days.

This book had just that.

The Janus Elixir
Wow...I didn't see that ending coming. But on the other hand, this is a story about Malcolm Blackfire who I absolutely love. And I enjoyed it very much.
That ending word.

A Spo
emrys merlin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janus Elixir:

4.5 stars rounding up to 5!

The Janus Elixir is one romp of a story!

I'll admit, the beginning made me a bit wary of how well Malcom would gell as a protagonist. While his snarky, slightly snobby personality has always been my favorite aspect of his character, I've also always enjoyed the mysterious side of him too. So I was unsure how I would feel about him losing some of that mystery. On the whole however, he made for a very delightful, fun protagonist, and was still very much the
Beth Wangler
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Janus Elixir:
Shultz's books just keep getting better! The Janus Elixir had everything I love about the Beaumont and Beasley books (well, everything minus the titular characters), PLUS it also deepened the history of Talesend and mixed mythology and Gothic lit in with the fairy tales.

And, of course, there's a dragon. And that dragon is Malcolm Blackfire. So of course it was epic. I loved the way Malcolm and Melody played off and balanced each other.

The Hound of Duville:
How far we've come from
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, so you know how when someone says a really on-the-nose pun you groan but most of the groan is actually you just being mad because you didn't see it coming? That is *literally* how the story references in these books work. (view spoiler)

Anyway, this was really fun and it actually might be my favorite in the
Savannah Jezowski
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Who meets Fairy Tales

A great collection of zany short stories. Lots of mashups cleverly tied together. Great character interactions. A must read for fans of Doctor Who.
I've read these stories already so here goes:

The Janus Elixir:

So this takes place about a hundred years before Nick, Cordelia, and Crispin. It follows Malcolm Blackfire and Melody Nightingale as they try to figure out who stole the brain of Janus.
I loved how Melody had to kind of hold Malcolm back from lighting people on fire whenever he didn't get his way. I loved Malcolm's impatience and snobbery(Come one, you can understand
E.B. Dawson
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
As much as I enjoy the Beaumont and Beasley books I have had questions about what their detective agency actually looks like. This little compilation of short stories answers some of those questions!

I love the range of stories. They are nicely book-ended with The Janus Elixir and The Hound of Duville as those two have some overlapping character references.

The Janus Elixir is a wild adventure mixing Jekyll and Hyde with Malcolm Blackfire in a much earlier setting of Talesend.

A Spoonful of Aether
Jonathan King
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beaumont and Beasley are back in fine form in this two-for-the-price-of-one release. Malcolm is fast becoming one of my most favorite characters in the series, with his caustic wit and confidence in his own superiority (like the Sixth Doctor if he breathed fire and ate people). I love that he's getting his own stories now, and I can't wait to read more. Nick and Crispin's brotherly dynamic is so fun and leads to a lot of great banter, but the secrets between them lead to a lot of feels for the r ...more
Janeen Ippolito
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two well-made short novels that seamlessly fit into the larger Afterverse.

I didn't think I would be the sort to ship Malcolm with anyone, but his chemistry with Melody is pitch-perfect and woven within a great story.

As for Hound of Duville, I can't believe I didn't see the lead-up to a truly wonderful page and a half of puns. Well played, Shultz. Well played.
Joseph Leskey
Well, this is getting complicated (not actually, but I just want to make this difficult for myself). This book contains five (101_2, don't you know) stories, and two of them were previously published in The Return of Beaumont and Beasley, and one was even more previously compiled in a dedicated book, The Janus Elixir: A Blackfire Story. I've read and reviewed both of these, but now there's this new edition of the former, which is renamed and added to and is quite the charming compilation, and I ...more
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
The two tales that comprise The Return of Beamont and Beasley are as fun and ingenuitive as anything else Shultz has written! Here are my reviews for the individual stories!

The Janis Elixir: 4 out of 5 stars

Kyle Robert Shultz has done it yet again! The Janus Elixir a brilliantly constructed and thoroughly charming blend of sharp satire piece, early 19th-century detective mystery, and fun fantasy adventure. Honestly, I think my favorite thing about the story might have been the way that Shultz bl
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This didn't start as a review and then it turned into a review.

"A Spoonful of Aether": 5/5 stars. This was the first new-to-me story I read and I legit bounced in my seat when Cordelia and Nick showed up. God I've missed these two. A++ Mary Poppins retelling.

"My Man Beasley": 4.5/5 stars. Started out absolutely hilarious, but the ending scene wasn't executed super well. The personality and humor of the first part of the story was lost in a magical battle that felt very thrown together at the las
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I really did enjoy this anthology and catching up with the Beasley brothers.
We're not just with traditional fairy tales anymore and it was fun identifying the different tales and Kyle's twist on them
The Janus Elixir
Was interesting. I did enjoy this take on Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. You know as well known an popular as this story is. I don't think I've ever read the original. Or actually watched a full movie about it. Are there any movies? I know there's a tv show. In any case I never even had to r
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Janus Elixir: GR 2.9/ Amazon 3.4; The Hound of Duville: GR 3.1/ Amazon 3.6

The Janus Elixir:

This time, KRS takes on the lore of Jekyll and Hyde, plus Dr. Frankenstein, and even young James (with one hand, and a fondness for pirates), well... Remember, though: the tales we know have always gotten it wrong!

Dragon Malcolm Blackfire (able to take human form, but with no great opinion of its physical capacities) makes a great PoV/narrator, with Melody at his side, only sometimes as a restraining
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
Beaumont and Beasley books are so much fun:)
This book had several stories in it, which is nice for the pacing of the overall series. Plus, it makes the effects of the (epic) Stroke of Eleven feel more powerful. The various threats from that book hover in the background of these stories, making some of the best characters (yes, I'm looking at Crispin) ticking time-bombs.

Here's what I thought of the individual stories:

Janis Elixir
I really like this take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story! It's c
Julia Garcia
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like I'm having a hard time keeping all the plot points straight between Blackfire, and Beaumont & Beasley, and Crockett & Crane, and then all the timey-wimey alternate storylines. All I know is that I still feel like Nick Beasely could use a good smack upside the head. And then I want to know what happens next. ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooooh twisty bits!!

This one has a collection of stories that are twisting around and over and under... poor Nick. He’s got a lot on his plate. But the unique twists and nods to different stories was fantastic. Well done!!
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept me laughing! (As usual...)

Pat Oliver
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
very good short stories. these shorts did have references to some of the earlier stories but were still good
Katherine M
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great set of stories. Secret weddings, nannies and valets who aren’t quite what they seem, and a villain who doesn’t wear the face you expect.
Joseph Leskey
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
This is one of those compound books, and it just so happen that I have read and reviewed The Janus Elixir separately. So, at minimal inconvenience to myself, I will pull a quick copy and paste for my review of that selfsame book. I won't do that for The Hound of Duville, however, because I haven't generated a review for it yet, more's the pity.


The Janus Elixir
Text extracted from my original review of this book,, 2018-01-21

The virtue of The Janus Elixi
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Kyle Robert Shultz developed the power of creating zany, fantastical worlds in his early teens, when he was bitten by a radioactive book. He is the author of multiple series set in the Afterverse, a parallel universe where myths, fairy tales, and classic stories are real events and part of history. He lives in self-imposed exile in the southern Idaho desert, far enough away from humanity to protec ...more

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