The final story in The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley is entitled Schism, and features…*ahem*…all the members of the cast who have survived up to this point.
In unrelated news, this story has a small cast.
Not really, but it’s smaller than the cast of The Stroke of Eleven, soooo…yeah.
Dr. Jekyll has sprung his trap. Tragedy has shattered Beaumont and Beasley, and Nick, Crispin, and Molly are missing. Talesend is being torn apart by an insidious magical plague, and there are only two people left to save the city–Lady Cordelia Beaumont and Malcolm Blackfire.
And they’re not on speaking terms. Not that they need to be. At the moment, they can hear each other’s thoughts, which is incredibly awkward.
To make matters worse, Jekyll is more powerful than ever, and he has plans for his captives. Cordelia is determined to find a way to save her friends without sacrificing any lives in the process, but the deranged alchemist has placed her in a no-win scenario. Even Malcolm is helpless to stop him.
The good news is, there’s someone else who wants to save Talesend.
The bad news is, his name is the Jabberwock.
This story will be catastrophic for the Beaumont and Beasley series, but in (I hope) a good way. The stakes are higher than ever, and there are permanent consequences. Plus, certain lingering plot threads from the first three books finally get addressed, though they will remain more or less on the sidelines until future books that are devoted entirely to wrapping them up.
Also, here’s the final, final cover for the entire book.
This book will essentially be a whole new era of Beaumont and Beasley in one volume. Not all subsequent releases in the series will have this format, but it’s one I’ll probably return to in future. It’s fun to write, and it’s given me the chance to explore certain characters and world-building elements in new ways.
Stay tuned for more news about this release over the coming weeks. Also, as a last hurrah, I will be releasing the cover and synopsis for B&B Book 5 tomorrow. Trust me, you will not want to miss that.