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The Hound of Duville and Other Stories

(Beaumont and Beasley #4)

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Tessa
I've read these stories already so here goes:

The Janus Elixir:

A BOOK WITH MALCOLM BLACKFIRE AS THE MAIN CHARACTER???????
YESSSSSSS!
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
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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.
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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
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Joseph Leskey
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Shelves: reviewed, fiction, humor
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.


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The Janus Elixir
Text extracted from my original review of this book, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..., 2018-01-21


The virtue of The Janus Elixi
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Diane
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
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Aristae Henricus
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Meagan
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kept me laughing! (As usual...)

Also...CRISPIN!
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Kyle Robert Shultz began writing in his early teens after being bitten by a radioactive book. As a Christian, he strives to write fiction that is entertaining and wholesome, but devoid of overt “messages” or agendas. He lives in the wilds of southern Idaho, removed far enough from civilization to keep humanity safe should any of his rough drafts break through the electric fence. Aside from writing ...more

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