And a darkness descended over the land.
Harry Bridges is entering the dark world of witchcraft, a journey he might not survive. He was a detective inspector in the police force until he retired, then a store detective. Now, he considers ending his own purposeless life, there is no need for him to be here anymore. A chance meeting with an old colleague from the police force, Jack Cooper, sees him re-engaging with his beloved detective days, involving him in a series of baffling murders.
However, all is not as it seems, and he soon becomes embroiled in a centuries old quest for vengeance by those condemned to die as witches by the infamous Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, during Oliver Cromwell’s reign as Lord Protector of Great Britain in the seventeenth century. It was a brutal period of European history when both men and women were ‘pointed out’ as witches and either burned at the stake or hanged. During the investigation Harry finds love with a new romance. Gloria enters his life and sweeps him off his feet.
The story of Harry, Jack, and Gloria is interwoven with the horrific period of Matthew Hopkins and his feared assistant, John Stearne; shifting between time zones as it builds to a cliffhanger of an ending.
An Exciting Mystery
Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live is a crime novel by Raymond M Hall. It follows the Harry Bridges, a retired detective, ready to give up on life. This was an intriguing story that melded together past and present, crime and supernatural. Bridges find himself asked to help out on a case that takes a very dark turn. He is now caught up in a deadly mystery that seems to come straight out of history. I was especially interested in the look at the witch killings, this was a dark and terrible point in history that creates fascinating tales. The writing style was interesting as it kept the reader in the head of its main character. Bridges is in a very dark place when the book begins which sets the dark tone for the entire novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone who may be triggered by thoughts of suicide or graphically detailed scenes containing hanging people. I found the story to be very exciting and pulls together the little pieces in the story to make a great mystery. I would definitely recommend this book to supernatural and mystery lovers.
- Emerson Rose Craig, November 19, 2017
You know those books that make you have a book hangover? Leave you gasping for air? Make you think about them for weeks and months after you read them? Decide to read more novels in that genre? Thou shalt not Suffer a Which to Live is all those things to me.
I loved Thou shalt not Suffer a Which to Live so much. I was so excited to read this book. I came in with high hopes for this book, and it didn't disappoint. I normally don't read books in this genre but I really had interest in reading this. I was completely enthralled when reading this book. I completed the book in less than two days and I honestly could barely put it down. I really enjoyed the mystery aspects of this novel.
The book follows Harry Bridges, who is a retired detective who is thinking about committing suicide. When a friend reaches out to him to help solve the murder of a local teenager. This case would lead to a world he would have never expected.The supernatural takes over and things get really interesting.
I will say that the book is a little slow at times but I enjoy a book like that. I want build up in a story, and I want to be able to see a lot of character development. This has that for sure! I will be honest some of the characters are dislikable and often unrelatable but I did enjoy them none the less.
Also, this book does have some violent and very descriptive scenes in it. I would not recommend this book to readers that can't handle or don't want to read about that. It isn't overly descriptive but it did have moments that had me hanging and made my heart race.
I can't wait to read other books that Raymond M Hall writes! I hope you will check this book out!
- The Young Girl Who Loved Books, December 5, 2017
Thou shalt not....
This is an interesting book, Harry Bridges is a retired detective who is contemplating suicide when he’s called in by an old friend to help investigate the murder of a teenager. Little did Harry know what he was going to delving into when he accepted the the job. The book kind of jumps around from Harry to Jack to the 1600’s but it all comes together, little pieces start fitting together and slowly things come together. There are some pretty explicit sky described hanging scenes, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who may not be able to handle those well described scenes. Other than that the storyline is intriguing and entertaining, it progresses smoothly and never really gets boring. I like the insight into the history of witch hunting as well. Not only does it provide prices of the puzzle but it just provides an interesting addition to the book.
- Shanell, November 17, 2017