The Elixir- Editorial Review #4

JB Michaels’ urban fantasy novel is the second book in the Bud Hutchins thriller series. While this fast-paced and thrilling story can be read on its own, I’d strongly recommend that readers begin with the first book in the series, The Order of St. Michael. Michaels builds the character of his hero as well as his mechanical sidekick, Bert, in that first book, and the plot revolves around the genesis of his friendship with Maeve. I had a marvelous time reading The Elixir. Michaels’ action-packed scenes are fabulous, and there’s plenty of humor in this story that doesn’t always take itself quite so seriously — and that’s a good thing. I especially enjoyed seeing how Bud teams up with professional student and current archaeologist, Ivy Zheng, to solve the mystery behind the Elixir and the murder of Ivy’s friend. Michaels’ homages to Victorian horror were a real treat to discover as well. The Elixir: A Bud Hutchins Urban Fantasy is most highly recommended.

-Review by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite


The Elixir Editiorial Review #3

A poltergeist takes the form of notorious Chicago legends such as Al Capone and Resurrection Mary as Bud Hutchins races against the forces of evil to stop a murderer and try to save his rapidly decaying undead friend, Maeve, in The Elixir by JB Michaels. In this action-packed urban fantasy, a brilliant young private investigator raises money to supply the electronics he needs for teleportation devices, Maeve’s treatment, and his robotic friend, Bert.

When a beautiful young research assistant is murdered, Bud has to switch gears and prove the innocence of the wife who had hired him to prove her husband was having an affair with the victim. Ivy, the victim’s best friend, wants to solve the murder and joins with Bud, only to have the experience of a lifetime as they flee for their lives from a rampaging spirit intent on killing them. Escapades throughout Chicago keep Bud, Father Martinez of the Order of St. Michael, and the police busy as evil creates havoc. Bud and Ivy’s eventual escape takes them right to the lair of the murderer – will luck be on their side or have things gotten too far out of control?

JB Michaels has created another captivating, exciting urban fantasy in The Elixir. Imaginative and fast-paced, this is a story you just can’t put down as you sit on the edge of your seat, wondering what could possibly happen next. Michaels uses advanced technology, good old-fashioned investigative techniques, and plenty of faith to guide Bud through this adventure that keeps you riveted to the pages as he tries to save his friend, the city, and his own soul. Great story! – Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite


Editorial Review #1 of “The Elixir: A Bud Hutchins Urban Fantasy”

This urban fantasy thriller lives up to its name—a real page-turner with never a dull moment. The Elixir grabbed me into its fast-paced, brisk action from the first couple of chapters and had me hooked. The sharp, visceral writing and strong protagonists make for an entertaining ride. Pacing is expert, situations use science and history inventively, and the story just keeps going right until the conclusion that hints of more to come. Bud is a great center for the story, alternately cocky and vulnerable just when he needs to be, and the breakneck plot is balanced with moments of tenderness and friendship for Maeve. Any reader of urban fantasy should grab this one right away and get hooked on the series—it’s got everything. The world is fascinating, hilarious, and involving, and puts JB Michaels high on my list of authors. – Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite





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