An Arkham Horror novel

I received an advance reader copy of this book from Aconyte Books via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the latest in a series from Aconyte based on the Arkham Horror board game. This volume features main character Betsy Baxter, a 1920 silent film star and studio owner known for playing the lead role as “The Flapper Detective,” a very popular series of films.

I think the best thing about The Deadly Grimoire is that it features several very strong female characters. The male characters in most cases are lacking in some necessary trait or another, or are only characterized at a superficial level. Plot-wise, the horror elements are not very strong and most of the threat to the main character and her allies comes from totally human villains. The adventure elements of the story are strong, as Betsy indulges her addiction to adrenaline rushes with the assistance of her pilot friend, Wini Habbamock.

I gave The Deadly Grimoire four stars. It was fun to read about women pushing against the 1920s social conventions of what they should and should not do, and there were several exciting action sequences. On the other hand, the lack of a strong horror element in the plot brought my rating down to four stars.