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The Nosferatu Scroll (Chris Bronson #4)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  828 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews

On the northern banks of the Vltava River, an extraordinary event is taking place. Inside a private chapel, a high-born Hungarian lady is being laid to rest. But not before her heart is removed from her body, and she is buried beneath a layer of heavy stones - lest she rise again to prey upon her victims ...

VENICE, 2010

Holidaying in the world's most beautiful
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by Bantam (first published June 9th 2011)
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Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dan Brown victims
Recommended to Jason by: Insomnia
It's easy to be scathing about these kinds of books. As an Indie publisher, I like to keep up with what's 'hot' in the mass-market bestsellers, so every now and then I swipe randomly at the Top 10 case in the station, or on the ferry, to receive the litmus fix.

#4 of a series, apparently, by Becker, the jacket blurb was enough to show where the story would lead well before its almost 500-page block was exhausted. I therefore held no high literary expectations, anticipating the generic 'historica
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A little bit disappointed if I'm honest. This reads like a thriller but the ending was always very obvious to me. There was a hint of there being an actual vampire in the story but the reader never finds out if it was one or not. I also would have preferred if the two main characters were an actual couple rather than divorced with very strong feelings for one another. I've not read the previous books in this series but it didn't make sense to me for them to be divorced.

In all, an OK read but no
Jim Gunnee
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a really difficult decision giving 2 starts.

It's the only James Becker I've read, so maybe I'm missing something of the characters, but they don't seem well developed to me.

There are lots of reviews on Amazon and elsewhere that unfairly criticise the book - I don't have any problem with the plot or the content - I think my main problem is threefold:

1) It's too long. There is no need for this book to be more than 300 pages. Which leads me to...
2) IMHO it needed another edit. Either by Be
Kate Neilan
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, crime, horror
Bohemia, 1741On the northern banks of the Vltava River an extraordinary event is taking place. Inside a private chapel a high-born Hungarian lady is being laid to rest. But not before her heart is removed from her body and she is buried beneath a layer of heavy stones - lest she rise again to prey upon her victims...
Venice, 2010
Holidaying in the world’s most beautiful city, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis discover a desecrated tomb. Inside it is a female skeleton and a diary dating back hundreds
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in a little over a week. This either tells you that it is a great book which I couldn't put down or that I had too much time on my hands. A bit of both I think and a 3 hour train journey also helps. It also helps that James Becker writes in a very formulaic style with short “chapters” and cliff hanging last paragraphs and carrying 2 or 3 story lines in alternate “chapters “ (Terry Pratchett does the same). Some may dismiss this book on that basis as a good beach read and lit ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lj
When British cop Chris Bronson and his ex-wife take a week's vacation to Venice he wasn't expecting a busman's holiday. Neither was he expecting vampires. In fact, it takes serious suspension of disbelief, on his part and ours, to expect them now but when Angela, his ex-wfe, is kidnapped by the serial killer, Chris refuses to rule out any possibility. Graeme Malcolm's cultured European accent doesn't romanticize the vampires but it does serve to romanticize Europe which helps because the story i ...more
V.E. Lynne
Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis, divorced but back together, are enjoying a relaxing, romantic trip to Venice but their good time soon turns sour when they discover a diary, written in Latin, hidden in the tomb of a supposed vampire. Angela, an archaeologist, is kidnapped by a cult dedicated to the bloodline of the Princess Eleanora, the so-called 'Vampire Princess', and forced to translate the document. Several young women have been raped and killed by this group and Chris Bronson, himself a pol ...more
John Hanscom
Feb 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I picked up as I had nothing else to read. What a stupid book and waste of paper. First of all, though it said nowhere on the title, or outer or inner description, it was about vampires. I am so bloody sick of vampires. Since "Twilight," every third book is about vampires. Secondly, vampires aside, some of the events were absolutely unbelievable and did not make sense, even in context. Third, the ending was a "deus ex machina," and I hagte that. Finally, the disposition of the vampi ...more
Debbie Bennett
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure I've read other books by this author and they were more original. This just seemed like a rehash of every other novel of this type with nothing fresh or different about it. Pedestrian writing and a cliched plot and I'm not sure why I bothered.

And the deus ex machina twist? What a let down. (view spoiler)
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be my favourite Chris Bronson novel to date. Vampires are a popular subject at the moment - Trueblood, Vampire Diaries, Twilight to mention just a few but this story manages to take a fresh approach to the vampire legend. Chris Bronson is in the ultimate race against time to save the day in this tense, exciting adventure.
Abbie Ennis
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
Mr. Becker has brought Christmas early! This book is so far his best and has left me wanting more. The incorperation of vampires and crime in this novel can satisfy all.

Bronson and Lewis are unable to have a quiet holiday and end up racing through Venice chasing men who after the gift of immortality.

A truly gripping read!
I must admit I avoid detective stories. Despite the logic and the uncertainty till the very end I find them usually too predictable and not as thrilling as I would want.
But since I needed a break from those free e-reads I'm trying to go through I thought why not kill two birds with one stone. This book had been sitting on my shelf for years so it definitely needed attention. And since it was a gift from my brother who couldn't resist buying two books for one price while he was waiting at the a
Alyson Walton
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
very easy read, whilst I was looking for something I could easily digest, this came across just a little too easy? I agree with other reviews that it was a little too easy to guess the outcome but it kept me entertained none the less. would I read any others from this author? Yes. am I in a rush to buy them? no.
Barbara Ford
Good read and I enjoyed it but I thought The Messiah Secret was a much better read.
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Being my careless self, I loaned this book from the library because it seemed interesting (history and vampires are my weakeness) and I got the impression that it wasn't a sequel to anything. You can imagine how badly I facepalmed when I did some research of the book and found out it's the FOURTH installment of the "Chris Bronson"-series. And did I mention I had already read more than 200 pages at that point?

Luckily The Nosferatu Scroll is similar to The Da Vinci Code; it doesn't honestly matter
Stuart Black
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So, this is Mr Becker’s fourth novel of its type with policeman Chris Bronson as focal point and protagonist? I didn’t know this when I picked it up from the shelf in a well known supermarket simply for its ornate and decorative (although also slightly tawdry) cover. The back of the book contains a brief synopsis that mentions Bohemia in 1741, the desecration of the corpse of an aristocratic female, Venice in the modern day and an adventure centred on graveyards and the death of more young women ...more
Pat Sul
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
i have only read the one dan brown book: the da vinci code. it was an ok page turner that crammed a lot into its pages with a straight forward no frills style of writing. a style of writing that was neither good nor bad, just indifferent.

for some odd reason i have become a bit of a fan of the dan brown knock off book. you koow the thing: a recently uncovered secret could spell doom and disaster if revealed/ covered up our heroes must fight to protect/ announce the secret.
one of the things that
Kristopher Mason
First and foremost, I think I should say that I bought this book based solely on the cover because I thought it looked amazing and it was in a discount bookstore. Originally I thought it was going to sit on my shelf unread, however I'm glad I decided to pick it up.

As far as $5 books go this knocked it out of the park. To me this book felt similar to a Dan Brown novel, but better written, not as repetitive but with surprisingly graphic accounts of violence.
The characters felt well rounded, relata
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The Nosferatu Scroll is the fourth book by James Becker to have Chris Bronson, ex-Army Officer and Metropolitan policeman, as the central character. How this book compares with the others featuring Bronson, I cannot comment having not read them.

The story is based almost entirely in Venice and is a combination of history, thriller and the supernatural. Bronson is holidaying with his ex-wife, Angela, an historian from the British Museum, when they stumble across some bizarre happenings on the Isol
Rosie Amber
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book opens with a scene set in 1741. The burial of Princess Eleonora Amalia Magdalena of Lobkowicz. A Princess of the Schwarzenberg family, but one who received no royal funeral and no family in attendance.

Next we jump to the present day, Chris Bronson and his ex-wife are on holiday in Venice. They are witnesses to a broken grave, on the day of the Festival of the Dead. They find an old diary in the broken grave of Carmelita Paganini and a strange burial sight.

The police in Venice are under
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Becker continues to create great summer reading novels and this one is, by my account, one of the most interesting pieces he's published. Moving away from the religious relic domain, Becker takes a look at the underground world of the paranormal and vampires. He does so in a classy way, still filling the book with historical fact and keeping the cheesy organ music at bay. Moving the book to Italy this time, Becker brings the story to life with a great deal of action, a little romance, and a cont ...more
Nick Brett
This is the fourth in James Becker’s Bronson/Lewis stories. Here police officer Bronson and ex-wide Angela Lewis are on holiday in Venice when they stumble on a cult of Vampire followers who are abducting young ladies. Of course, as is required in these kinds of books, the pair do not leave well alone, they get involved and it becomes a race against time before Angela joins the previous victims.

Mr Becker evokes the darker side of Venice very well, here it becomes the dark and brooding place it c
Kim Wilkes
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery combined with elements of the supernatural. Angela and Chris are in Venice on vacation and go to see the Festival of the Dead. They end up stumbling upon a mystery when they find a tomb that has been opened and she discovers an old diary. When she starts translating it there is mention of vampires. They are later attacked and Angela is kidnapped. Chris proceeds to search for her. In the meantime a vampire cult is responsible for kidnapping and killing young women from Venice. Ange ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this book being a step away from the normal format of searching for religious artefacts, the author has still put in plenty of research into the subject. My only concern is that at times it did read a little like a travellogue for Venice. After deciding on a short break to Venice the main characters are soon drawn into the thick of things. There are graves being desecrated and robbed, young women are going missing, dead bodies are turning up and all against the backdrop of Vampires. Read ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paul by: Continuing a series
Like the other books in this series, this weaves a tale in the current day, based on 'facts' derived from history. As he has in the past, author James Becker is somewhat creative in his use of historical 'facts', but he succeeds in making an interesting story of it.

Some of the previous entries in this series might have been seen as attacking Christian faith, Catholicism in particular. Followers might be relieved to see this novel doesn't draw on religion so much. Instead it illustrates the dark
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated between two and three stars because, although I finished it only two days ago, I am struggling to remember anything about the book other than I felt it had a very abrupt ending! "Threats to life and limb, terrifying possible vampire ...aaaaand it is all fine and we're going home!"

Although there is room for a sequel specific to this topic.

The topic was interesting, the setting fun to read about (Venice), and I'll read another Becker before passing final judgment on this series. I find h
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-becker
wow.... James Becker sarà sicuramente uno degli autori che voglio continuare a leggere e seguire.... È uno bravo, sono riuscito a seguire con passione la storia.... Poi come la Cornwell ci ha messo un po' di Italia dentro e lo apprezzo sempre.... Consiglio di leggerlo perché se è piaciuto a me che non sono propenso alle fantasie come i vampiri, allora le persone a cui piace il genere lo ameranno... Sono rimasto molto contento anche delle ultime pagine perché è il primo autore che descrive (almen ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best book I’ve ever read, but not bad either. I generally don’t do mystery/thrillers. But the vampire bit hooked me in. Sadly, not a whole lot of vampire in this book. Just a shadowy bad guy. It was a little formulaic at times, and the writing waffled between trying to sound smart and very simplistic. Every now and then, the author would throw in a fact about Venice, as if he had pulled it directly from a textbook and was trying to show us what he knows. Those spots didn’t fit with the f ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a particularly original story but an entertaining one. While I didn't feel a connection to the characters I did feel for them in the story. Becker did paint a good picture of the different locales. The Grand Canal of Venice. The boat chase, the eerie islands and the creepy basement. I did feel like I wanted more, a little more closure to the story. I wouldn't say it felt unresolved just left wanting a bit more about the aftermath. Maybe there is a reason for it. I may check out some of his o ...more
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