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Sisters of Mercy [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Puckett
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Latchvale Hospital.

Sister Josephine Farewell has suspicions about the deaths on her ward.

As another patient dies unexpectedly, Sister Farewell begins to suspect that a serial killer is at work in the Intensive Therapy Unit.

After reporting her fears to the police, Home Office investigator Tom Jones enlists Jo’s help in his undercover operation.

Jones is not convinced that the deaths are random.

But what is the link?

As Jones and Sister Farewell investigate they find sinister connections between the patients that lead them into a world of religious fanaticism and cold-blooded manipulation…

‘Sisters of Mercy’ is a chilling medical thriller.

Praise for Andrew Puckett:

‘If medical mysteries are what keep you glued to your fireside chair… then look no further. Puckett, something of a master of the genre, has penned a cracker’ - Western Daily Press

‘a thoroughly well-worked mystery’ - Oxford Times

‘an interesting story with a very plausible plot and frightening overtones’ - Mystery News

‘A terrifying scenario made all the more chillingly believable by its similarities to real life situations’ - The Southern Daily Echo

‘the best thing about it is its remarkable feeling of authenticity’ - Birmingham Post

Andrew Puckett worked in the NHS for twenty one years, fifteen of them as microbiologist for the Oxford Blood Transfusion Centre, before turning to writing and teaching. He has also written ‘Death Before Time’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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Andrew Puckett is a writer who feels he should experience for himself the trials imposed on his protagonists.
Examples are: Being locked in a freezer room at -40 degrees, Climbing a 1000 foot cliff from a rocky beach in the dark, Then encountering the Exmoor Beast (involuntary), Escaping from a prison ship (not actually incarcerated!), Falling into the sea from Durdle Dor (not quite), Escaping from a burning caravan etc.

Before that, he grew up on his parents' farms, the first in a remote part of Dorset, the second in the shadow of Salisbury cathedral.

He worked in a brewery, a chemical factory and Porton Germ Warfare Establishment, where he acquired a painful immunity to Plague, Anthrax and Smallpox (which did at least give him the idea for his novel Going Viral). He then worked in hospital labs in Taunton, London and finally Oxford, where he ran the microbiology department at Oxford Blood Transfusion Centre for fifteen years.

His first novel, Bloodstains, was derived from his experiences in the Blood Transfusion Service. He has subsequently published ten more, mostly on a medical theme. He now lives in Taunton with his wife and daughters.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unhealthy Hospital 1 July 2014
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Hospitals are supposed to heal not to harm. This is not the case in Latchvale Hospital.

Andrew Puckett’s fast-moving thriller pits Sister Farewell against a mystery killer. Hospitals are full of experts in the human body and here they have the means to murder while seeming innocent. Puckett is adept at detailing how a determined killer can use the myriad of means that a hospital provides to engage in a spree of death.

This is a fast moving thriller and it kept me guessing concerning the murderer and motives. The heroes are ordinary, down-to-earth people, the villains equally so. There’s a little bit of rather brittle, sad romance thrown in, just the right touch for the situation.

It’s an entertaining holiday read but not one to take with you if you’re going in to hospital. You might not find it easy to sleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Big'Ed
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This is a mystery with menace and genuine insight into hospital goings-ons. It deals with the responses of staff toward the most vulnerable of patients, and the difficulties for whistleblowers in institutions that instinctively close ranks. The author shows his scientific background as Jo and Tom pursue a serial killer - the terse dialogue carrying us through until the final twist.
Be prepared to have your hospital suspicions debunked and reinforced in turn, through an effortless and entertaining who-dunnit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller With An Added Edge 23 July 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a thriller with the added edge that it could happen to anyone. After all there have been so many similar scenarios in real life. The basic premise is good and I liked the way the story was set up. There was much to raise a wry smile, especially the washing of hands and prohibition of taking it further when the possibility of murder in the ITU was first raised. Typical NHS hierarchical buck passing. Thank goodness that some people prefer to follow their own instincts rather than follow someone else's rules.
I have to say that I didn't get the ultimate perpetrator, nor the person they were using for their own nefarious purposes. When the killer was unmasked it seemed too easy,too predictable and a little too glib, but of course no story is over till the last page.
I do have one gripe however - what on earth was a Department of Health Investigator (or Home Office - he was attributed to both, didn't seem to know who he worked for) doing with a gun? Not even the police routinely carry guns here, so an investigator of indeterminate origin would be unlikely to do so. Tom's exact role was never made clear but I suspect that this was entirely deliberate.

Whilst not an unputdownable book this was entertaining with enough mystery to hold the attention for a couple of hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen
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Sisters of Mercy

**** Rating 3.85/5

Sisters of Mercy is a medical thriller set in a hospital in England, involving the ITU ward and donor transplants. Although the percentage of deaths is higher in this area, Sister Jo Farewell comes across an increased number of unexpected deaths, relating to patients who were expected to recover.

Jo Farewell comes across as a well rounded believable character with all the human emotions you would expect to be displayed in the situations; even down to her heading for the whisky bottle when stressed. Tom Jones, an interesting character but complex. I had a problem relating to him carrying a gun, just did not ring true given his job title but maybe it went deeper than that.

A good read, with lots of red herrings and action. I must admit I did not see the end coming, skilfully achieved with all the loose ends tied up. Worth reading.

It was obvious Andrew Puckett has a medical background and I would be interested in reading some of his other novels. Despite my problem with some aspects of his character, I would like to see more of the gritty, maverick Tom Jones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read! 15 Sept. 2014
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The main character, Sister Farewell, becomes suspicious after a series of deaths in Latchvale Hospital's Intensive Care Unit. The author, Andrew Puckett, weaves a thoroughly gripping and thrilling story. Sister Farewell teams up with a Department of Health Investigator, Tom Jones, to unravel the crime. The author's medical background is apparent throughout the story. I found it hard to stop reading this book. The story starts off with a bang and gathers pace up until the end. The plot also had plenty of interesting twists and turns. I would heartily recommend this book! I found it a really enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 25 April 2015
By Jan O
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from Jan O on 25 April 2015

I was initially irritated by this book due to the lack of proper punctuation which had been replaced with hyphens, brackets and half lines of full stops. Fortunately this improved as the story progressed. It was a good story, well worth reading, including some interesting characters and plenty of twists. It was hard to keep track of all the medical terminology at times but this was inevitable. The ending was neatly done if a little abrupt. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters of Mercy 11 July 2014
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Fast paced thriller with plenty of blood and gore. Nice twist at the end and heavy with suspense.
Excellent piece of writing, a one hit read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars especially the lead investigator who I found pretty unconvincing.
I made myself finish this. It was ok but not compelling and I didn't really identify with the main characters, especially the lead investigator who I found pretty unconvincing.
Published 23 days ago by Homer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was o.k.
Published 29 days ago by Sylvia Avery
2.0 out of 5 stars A good plot.
Okay, too much medical information for me, it did go on a bit, but a very sound plot.
Published 1 month ago by Rose Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story line
Published 1 month ago by Back seat rider
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quite a good read
Published 1 month ago by maggie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Valentine
4.0 out of 5 stars my opinion.
An okay book that kept me entertained but failed where the author took on the female narration.
Published 2 months ago by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Medical Thriller Really enjoyed this book set in a hospital...
Medical Thriller
Really enjoyed this book set in a hospital environment. The story line is disturbing as it could happen to patients. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns plot
A good book that keeps the reader on the edge of thinking you know the killer then a twist changes the plot and you just want to keep reading.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Irene Sheldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The ending could have been better
Published 2 months ago by Gloria Gardner
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