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The Scroll (Bibliomysteries)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  208 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
An ancient scroll draws a bookseller into a chilling mystery

Monty Danforth finds the tin buried beneath a shipment of leather-bound classics. Inside is a millennia-old vellum manuscript written in an unfamiliar but unmistakably ancient language. Danforth tries to photocopy and photograph it, but he ends up with blank images, as though the ink were made of something impervi
ebook, 70 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Road
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First Sentence: The early winter evening was drawing in. In the antiquarian bookshop well away from the High Street in Cambridge, Monty Danforth sat in his room in the back, working on unpacking and cataloguing the books and papers from the last crate of the Greville Estate.

Monty Danforth’s boss is out sick so it falls on him to unpack the shipment of books received from an estate sale. At the very bottom of the box, is an incredibly old scroll written in a language unknown to Monty. Thinking to
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Liked the story. It was well written & felt longer than 64 pages. Anne Perry has proven again that she knows how to bind a reader to a story world and how to leave the reader crawing for more, no matter which genre she writes about.
Victorian crime isnt required when modern day times themselves have enough mystery food hidden in the shadows of history.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
similar to The Da Vinci Code but mercifully shorter. very atmospheric and tense.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really bad short story. Don't bother.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a series of short stories concerning books by famous authors, Bibliomysteries.
Paula Hofmeister
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting short story

Great premise. I found the characters and resolution intriguing, it definitely kept my interest, and I have my own guess as to who Hudson Garrett is.
Lakis Fourouklas
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Scroll is an eBook short mystery that’s full of intrigue, big questions and quite a bit of personal drama.

It all begins when Monty Danforth, a man who works in an antiquarian shop in Cambridge, starts unpacking and cataloguing the books delivered to him in crates by the Greville estate. Among the things that he uncovers is a mysterious scroll that seems to be written in Hebrew.

At first he doesn’t seem to know what to make of it since he can’t understand a word of the language it is written i
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Monty Danforth packt wie so oft in dem Antiquariat seines Arbeitgebers Bücher und Dokumente aus einer Kiste aus, um sie zu katalogisieren. Ganz unten entdeckt er jedoch eine Keksdose, in der sich etwas zu befinden scheint.

"Er trug es zur Lampe und machte sie an. ein gelber Schein erfüllte den Raum und tauchte die Ecken in noch dunklere Schatten. Das Ding in der Dose sah aus wie eine alte Schriftrolle. Behutsam nahm er sie heraus und legte sie direkt unter die Lampe auf den Ti
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Le Mystère de High Street?
"J'ai reçu ce livre grâce aux éditions Ombres Noires. Il s'agit d'une petite nouvelle d'Anne Perry qui n'avait pas encore été publié en France, suivie d'une interview exclusive de l'auteur."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Monty Danforth déballe des cartons dans le fond de la librairie où il travaille lorsqu'il tombe sur un manuscrit très étrange. Et les évènements qui vont suivre ne feront que re
Ingrid Fasquelle
Née en 1938 à Londres, Anne Perry vit aujourd’hui en Écosse. Depuis le succès international des enquêtes du couple Pitt et de William Monk, publié en France aux Editions 10/18, elle s’est intéressée à d’autres périodes historiques, passant de la Révolution française au portrait d’une famille anglaise durant la Première Guerre mondiale.

Avec Le mystère de High Street, elle s’aventure dans une novella paranormale troublante et plonge son lecteur au cœur d'un Londres angoissant.

On peut faire confian
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cambridge bookstore employee Monty Danforth finds an old scroll written in Aramaic in a crate of old books received from an estate. Monty is curious about this scroll and wants to get the opinion of his best friend Hank, a scientist. Monty can’t believe his eyes when he finds he can’ take a picture of the ancient scroll or make a photo copy of it. He has told nobody else about the scroll, so Monty is even more puzzled when he starts getting visitors who all want to possess the scroll --- at any ...more
Jess Swann
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je connais Anne Perry pour ses romans policiers et je m'attendais à lire une nouvelle dans ce genre (non, je ne lis pas les résumés, enfin quand c'est l'un de mes auteurs favoris ...). J'ai donc été surprise par cette nouvelle fantastique qui reprend les codes des maitres du 19 ème siècle (le mystérieux manuscrit, la visite d'inconnus aussi énigmatiques qu'inquiétants, le choix que doit faire le héros...) et leur style ( j'ai du relire deux fois le mot photocopieuse, tant je m'étais projetée dan ...more
Lexxi Kitty
Story opens upon the scene of a book shop worker, Monty, opening a create of books. The crate is a collection that the bookshop owner had bought from an estate sale.

Crate contains leather bound classics and a tin. Tin contains a scroll. Scroll may or may not be ancient. Then these mysterious spooky people start appearing asking for the scroll. A scroll that no one should know Monty has in his possession. The scroll may or may not come from the time of Christ and may or may not "destroy the eart
This is an ebook from the BiblioMysteries collection published by The Mysterious Press in New York which carries the tag line,"Short Tales About Deadly Books".

Indeed, each story concerns a book with evil or death connected to it.

This particular story concerns an ancient scroll that surfaces, and purports to be a document written by Judas Iscariot which is in need of translation from the original Aramaic.

While it is a rather compelling meditation on good vs. evil, and what the contents of the scr
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book turned out to be a lot different than I thought it was going to be when I first picked it up. It is definitely my favourite of the four "BiblioMysteries," having nothing to do with the fact it was written by one of my favourite authors. However, I knew that Anne Perry was a religious person, but I really did not expect that this book would have a religious theme. The theme was very subtle, right up until the end, which is greatly preferable to me as I am an Athiest.

I think "The Scroll"
Ended up with a handful of these "Bibliomysteries", ebook shorts by prominent suspense/thriller/mystery writers featuring deadly plots centered around books. Unfortunately, all but one were not really worth the read. I suspect it's not a coincidence either that the former were around 20 pages long and the one good one was twice that. In general, the short was over before the premise development really got enough steam going.

This was one of the ones that wasn't even merely satisfactory. Story de
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Master mystery writer Anne Perry weaves a short story about an
ancient scroll, perhaps dating to the time of Jesus – a tale seasoned
with the supernatural.

What does this scroll in Aramaic say? Is it indeed part of the rumored
Judas Gospel? And if it is, will it contradict the story of the Crucifixion and Jesus’ rising from his tomb?

Three visitors, a bishop, a scholar, and an old man with a demon child
visit the bookseller who discovers the scroll in an estate sale. Should the bookseller sell to the
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short e-book by one of my favourite historical mystery writers. However, I don't think the short story is a good form for Anne Perry. The story was very good and building nicely. I was really enjoying it but, as the number of pages remaining ran down, I began to worry that there weren't enough pages left to end the story properly. Ms. Perry does tend to wrap up her very complex mysteries a bit abruptly in the final pages, but in this short story, the end came way too soon. There was st ...more
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une histoire très courte, mais quand même bien détaillée pour sa longueur, une ambiance mystérieuse bien installée, des personnages intéressants, bref un roman qui aurait pu avoir une note de 5 étoiles, mais la fin tombe un peu à plat, ce qui est fort décevant. J'ai par contre bien aimé la petite morale et les choix moraux des trois personnages mystérieux, qui ont tous leurs raisons et qui met tous les choix dans une zone grise ou le bien et le mal ne sont pas toujours noir ou blanc. Ce dernier ...more
Paula Howard
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Scroll is a novella, only 35 pages. The Scroll is a ancient religious document that is found within a group of books purchased at auction. No one knew that it was contained within the purchase at that time. Shortly after it's discovery, 3 different people show up wanting this Scroll. It is a well formed mystery that could have easily been developed into a wonderfully rich religious mystery. The Scroll is one of 4 books titled - Bibliomysteries.
Otto Penzler
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert, a bookstore owner, having just received all the books and papers from an old estate, assigns his employee, Monty, to organize and catalogue them. Among the expected leather-bound classics, Monty discovers something more intriguing – an old vellum scroll. In this intriguing story, Anne Perry delivers a mystery that, like the scroll, is part of something indescribably larger.
Un prix plus élevé qu'un poche (8€) pour moins de 80 pages d'histoire. Sans renier le talent d'Anne Perry, je trouve que cela fait un peu cher. Votre biblio ou vos amis sauront vous le prêter, car ce n'est pas non plus l'histoire du siècle.
David Schwan
Short story about a book seller employee who finds a valuable scroll at the bottom of a box of books bought at auction. Even though the scroll has not been advertised for sale three people request to buy it. The story moves well, the ending was kind of lame.
Barbara St. Dennis

Ordinarily enjoy Ms. Perry very much, especially for her crisp writing. This was vague and the ending unsatisfying. She made us care very much about the scroll and then....
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-mystery, ebook, 2013
Not crazy about the ending.
Fe Taylor
Senseless Story
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This short story has no ending and I hated the subject.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This is part of a series of short stories by mystery authors, I think. It was about 40 pages and draws you in immediately. I liked it a lot.
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting short story.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good for what it is, though it gets a little preachier than I generally like (I took "bibliomystery" as meaning "bibliotech" not "bible"). Still, not a bad read.
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Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

Juliet took the name "Anne Perry," the latter being her stepfather's surname. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979. Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurrin
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