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March 17, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Fiction

Criminally Good Afternoon Tea

The Collector: Fiona Cummins
A photo of author Fiona Cummins


Park Inn Palace Hotel, Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
(includes author talk and afternoon tea)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948
Image (c) Simon Burke

Tuck into a delicious Sunday Afternoon Tea overlooking the world’s longest pleasure pier, as Essex based crime-writer Fiona Cummins reads from her latest taut and terrifying psychological thriller. Her first novel, Rattle,was nominated for the Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut, and has been optioned for a six part television series.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on 16 & 17 March.



Fiona Cummins resurrects the child snatching villain of her first novel, Rattle, one of the most terrifying psychopaths I’ve encountered in years. Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

A riveting read that will keep you up at night. Hello!

Rattle was one of the most chilling and gripping thrillers released last year. The Collector …. Is even more creepy and unsettling with tension slowly ramped up to build to a sensational finale that will make you gasp. Daily Express

Cummins has a gift for imbuing the everyday with menace. Despite the picture postcard coastal setting, the seam of evil that runs through this story is totally convincing. Sunday Mirror


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Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
01702 455155

Hearing Loop:

Park Inn Palace currently has no hearing loop systems installed. Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]