Dr Fraser Callan is recovering from his wife’s death.
In need of a change, he takes a job at the Wansborough Community Hospital in Wiltshire.
Previously known as St. James’, the hospital has made a miraculous recovery from a scandalous history, when it was described as “Death Wards” for the elderly by the national press.
But history sometimes comes back to haunt us…
At first, the hospital seems a model of excellence, but then Fraser realises that more patients are dying of pneumonia than should be the case.
When he raises the matter, he is ridiculed, threatened with the sack and finally beaten up by gangs of thugs.
Then, after the suspicious death of an old man with terminal cancer, Fraser realises he must act.
He reports his suspicions and is persuaded by Marcus Evans, a mysterious civil servant, to work undercover to find the killer.
But who is the culprit?
And can Fraser find him before he also meets his Death Before Time?
‘Death Before Time’ 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. This is his eleventh novel.