THE Welsh author of a murder mystery surrounding the death of a piano teacher found bludgeoned to death will be the next writer to appear at a Powys book shop.

Sian Collins will be talking about her thriller, ‘Tiding’, at North Books in Hay-on-Wye on Saturday, October 28.

This is part of the ‘Four O'Clock Friends’ series at the shop, which means they start at 4pm.


During the great freeze of 1963, Eleanor O’Dowd, a middle-aged piano teacher, is found bludgeoned to death. As the freeze takes hold, there is a brutal reckoning for the residents of Glanmorfa, who are caught in the grip of an ancient curse.

Or so it appears, according to the vicar’s daughter, Daphne Morgan, who finds herself engulfed in the currents of the adult world and mysteries far deeper than she expected in this chilling story about the power of imagination.

Set in the fictional Carmarthenshire town of Glanmorfa, Collins draws inspiration from her own childhood to craft a masterful tale exploring how children can sometimes become victims of adult power.

County Times:

Collins was born in Pembrokeshire. An Edinburgh graduate, she taught anglo saxon and medieval literature in South Africa, worked as an assistant editor on The Lancet, and ran English and drama departments in several well-known London secondary schools.

She returned home to teach, write and relish life in the beautiful Tywi Valley. Her debut novel, ‘Unleaving’, was published in 2019.

Tickets are £5 and there will be a discount on the book on the day of 10 per cent. Pop into North Books or email to reserve a seat.