The Scroll [NOOK Book]

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Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors

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 ...
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The Scroll

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Overview



Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors

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 impervious to modern technology. As the scroll’s mystery enchants him, this hapless bookseller falls into a cutthroat conspiracy that he may never escape.
 
Soon a dead-eyed old man and his granddaughter come calling for the scroll. Danforth refuses to sell them the manuscript, but they will not be the last to demand it. Powerful forces crave the secrets locked within this ancient document, and Danforth will survive only if he can master its power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453261088
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Series: Bibliomysteries
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 42,530
  • File size: 203 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Perry

Anne Perry (b. 1938) is a bestselling author of historical detective fiction, most notably the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and the William Monk series, both set in Victorian England. Her first book, The Cater Street Hangman (1979), launched both the Pitt series and her career as a premier writer of Victorian mysteries. Other novels in the series include Resurrection Row, Death in the Devil’s Acre, and Silence in Hanover Close, as well as more than twenty others. The William Monk series of novels, featuring a Victorian police officer turned private investigator, includes Funeral in Blue, The Twisted Root, and The Silent Cry. In addition to these series, Perry is also author of the World War I novels No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, and others, as well as several collections of short stories. Perry’s novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world and she has over twenty-five million books in print worldwide. She lives in Scotland.       

Biography

Born in London in October 1938, Anne Perry was plagued with health problems as a young child. So severe were her illnesses that at age eight she was sent to the Bahamas to live with family friends in the hopes that the warmer climate would improve her health. She returned to her family as a young teenager, but sickness and frequent moves had interrupted her formal education to the extent that she was finally forced to leave school altogether. With the encouragement of her supportive parents, she was able to "fill in the gaps" with voracious reading, and her lack of formal schooling has never held her back.

Although Perry held down many jobs—working at various times as a retail clerk, stewardess, limousine dispatcher, and insurance underwriter—the only thing she ever seriously wanted to do in life was to write. (In her '20s, she started putting together the first draft of Tathea, a fantasy that would not see print until 1999.) At the suggestion of her stepfather, she began writing mysteries set in Victorian London; and in 1979, one of her manuscripts was accepted for publication. The book was The Cater Street Hangman, an ingenious crime novel that introduced a clever, extremely untidy police inspector named Thomas Pitt. In this way an intriguing mystery series was born…along with a successful writing career.

In addition to the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels, Perry crafts darker, more layered Victorian mysteries around the character of London police detective William Monk, whose memory has been impaired by a coach accident. (Monk debuted in 1990's The Face of a Stranger.) She also writes historical novels set during the First World War (No Graves as Yet, Shoulder the Sky, etc.) and holiday-themed mysteries (A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Secret, etc), and her short stories have been included in several anthologies.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Anne Perry:

The first time I made any money telling a story I was four and a half years old—golden hair, blue eyes, a pink smocked dress, and neat little socks and shoes. I walked home from school (it was safe then) with my lunchtime sixpence unspent. A large boy, perhaps 12 or 13, stopped me. He was carrying a stick and threatened to hit me if I didn't give him my sixpence. I told him a long, sad story about how poor we were—no food at home, not even enough money for shoes! He gave me his half crown—five times sixpence! It's appalling! I didn't think of it as lying, just escaping with my sixpence. How on earth he could have believed me I have no idea. Perhaps that is the knack of a good story—let your imagination go wild, pile on the emotions—believe it yourself, evidence to the contrary be damned. I am not really proud of that particular example!

I used to live next door to people who had a tame dove. They had rescued it when it broke its wing. The wing healed, but it never learned to fly again. I used to walk a mile or so around the village with the dove. Its little legs were only an inch or two long, so it got tired, then it would ride on my head. Naturally I talked to it. It was a very nice bird. I got some funny looks. Strangers even asked me if I knew there was a bird on my head! Who the heck did they think I was talking to? Of course I knew there was a bird on my head. I'm not stupid—just a writer, and entitled to be a little different. I'm also English, so that gives me a second excuse!

On the other hand I'm not totally scatty. I like maths, and I used to love quadratic equations. One of the most exciting things that happened to me was when someone explained non-Euclidean geometry to me, and I suddenly saw the infinite possibilities in lateral thinking! How could I have been so blind before?

Here are some things I like—and one thing I don't:

  • I love wild places, beech trees, bluebell woods, light on water—whether the light is sunlight, moonlight, or lamplight; and whether the water is ocean, rain, snow, river, mist, or even a puddle.

  • I love the setting sun in autumn over the cornstooks.

  • I love to eat raspberries, pink grapefruit, crusty bread dipped in olive oil.

  • I love gardens where you seem to walk from "room to room," with rambling roses and vines climbing into the trees and sudden vistas when you turn corners.

  • I love white swans and the wild geese flying overhead.

  • I dislike rigidity, prejudice, ill-temper, and perhaps above all, self-righteousness.

  • I love laughter, mercy, courage, hope. I think that probably makes me pretty much like most people. But that isn't bad.
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      1. Also Known As:
        Juliet Hulme
      2. Hometown:
        Portmahomack, Ross-shire, U.K
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 28, 1938
      2. Place of Birth:
        Blackheath, London England

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2012

      What a joke

      What a joke 35 pages

      27 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 12, 2012

      I don't understand the reviewer who was upset over the length...

      I don't understand the reviewer who was upset over the length... it's pretty clear from the details and the cover this is a short story... but hey, you can't please everyone... luckily, I was very pleased... Anne Perry is a great storyteller and this was a good read... apparently this is part of a series?... looking forward to seeing more!!!

      16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2012

      Great short story

      I very much enjoyed this short story. Anne Perry is always worth reading.

      13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2012

      Joke

      This book is .....35.....pages!!!!!!!! DO NOT WASTE UR MONEY

      6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2012

      Should be free

      Sounds good and i like short stories now and then but i believe anything under 100 pages, esp if part of a series or a lead into the full book, should be FREE. Not paying a buck actually more when u add tax for 35 pages no matter how good it sounds.

      6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 3, 2013

      Great mystery

      Written only in 30 pages Ann Perry delivers a fully detailed mystery. Fun read for sure.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 14, 2012

      Length disappointing

      I loved the concept of the blurb promoting this ebook, but it was my first foray into the Bibliomysteries, which are apparently very short. I frankly wanted MORE! I did enjoy what was there.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 27, 2013

      Highly re recommended

      Very good short mystery

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 31, 2013

      Ok but a bit preachy

      Pretty good for what it was. Just a short story about a mystery surrounding an ancient scroll. It got a little preachy for my tastes, but I hadn't made the biblio-bible connection (I took "bibliomysteries" as in "bibliotech" instead of "bible"). Over all, an okay short with an intriguing mystery.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2012

      Not worth it

      What was the point?

      1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 11, 2014

      Highly Recommended - Check it out!!

      This was a great book that grabs you with wonder and intrigue. The mystery arises when a scroll is discovered and and many people want it and yet it is written in a language no one can read. How do you decide who gets it when each buyer carries with them warnings about what can happen if it falls into the wrong hands? A must read, a grand read and one you won't want to put down until the very end. Anne Perry at her best! A great book for book club discussions!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 17, 2013

      Favorite Author

      I can always count on Anne Perry to come thorough.
      Even though this is different from what I am use to from her
      I enjoyed it and wanted more.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 15, 2012

      Short Introductory Version

      The first 34 pages of this mystery appear interesting.
      Not purchasing the entire book at this time but I am exploring the Bibliomysteries from the unexplored MysteriousPress website with great interest for other choices as well.

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    • Posted December 12, 2012

      Fun , and scary!

      LOVE,anne perry this is different for her but high quality

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 11, 2012

      Recommended for casual readers.

      A Fun
      Read

      AThis is a short story. I think it could be investigated further and made into a more satisfying mystery with perhaps some solution? I enjoyed reading it and would buy more by Anne Perry.
      true batty (pen name)

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 11, 2012

      Very disappointing

      I was very disappointed in this book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 11, 2012

      deceiving

      Not a book! short story

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 11, 2012

      Quick Read

      I think if I would have known it was a 35 page book I probably wouldnt have purchased it, but it was interesting so as quick a read as it was I have to say she is a good writer and kept you all intrigued to find out more.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 10, 2012

      NOT A BOOK!!!

      Althought advertised and sold as a book (just look at the illustration), this is just a short story. It says there are 35 pages. There are only 26 pages of text. The other 9 pages are blank, advertising, and introductions.

      The story itself is an adequate mystery, no more.

      My recommendation is not to buy this ripoff.

      In the future I will be more circumspect in buying Nook Books, if I buy any at all after this.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 10, 2012

      Recommend.

      I love Anne Perry's books but this was too short. Well written as always. PANPAN

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