M C Beaton Books

M C Beaton is a pseudonym used by prolific and popular British romance, mystery and crime fiction writer, Marion Chesney. She was born in 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland. She is married to Middle East Correspondent – Harry Scott Gibbons and has a son called Charles Gibbons. She has worked in several places such as John Smith & Sons Ltd as a book seller in the fiction department, Scottish Daily Mail as theatre critic, Scottish Daily Express as a crime reporter and Fleet Street as a journalist. Currently, she currently divides her time between Paris and Cotswolds, where she and her husband live in a small village.

Order of A House for the Season Series

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1 The Miser of Mayfair 1986 Description / Buy
2 Plain Jane 1986 Description / Buy
3 The Wicked Godmother 1987 Description / Buy
4 Rake's Progress 1987 Description / Buy
5 The Adventuress 1987 Description / Buy
6 Rainbird's Revenge 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Agatha Raisin Series

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1 The Quiche of Death 1992 Description / Buy
2 The Vicious Vet 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Potted Gardener 1994 Description / Buy
4 The Walkers of Dembley 1995 Description / Buy
5 The Murderous Marriage 1996 Description / Buy
6 The Terrible Tourist 1997 Description / Buy
7 The Wellspring of Death 1998 Description / Buy
8 The Wizard of Evesham 1999 Description / Buy
9 The Witch of Wyckhadden 1999 Description / Buy
10 The Fairies of Fryfam 2000 Description / Buy
11 The Love from Hell 2001 Description / Buy
12 The Day the Floods Came 2002 Description / Buy
13 The Case of the Curious Curate 2003 Description / Buy
14 The Haunted House 2003 Description / Buy
15 The Deadly Dance 2004 Description / Buy
16 The Perfect Paragon 2005 Description / Buy
17 Love, Lies and Liquor 2006 Description / Buy
18 Kissing Christmas Goodbye 2007 Description / Buy
19 A Spoonful of Poison 2008 Description / Buy
20 There Goes the Bride 2009 Description / Buy
21 Busy Body 2010 Description / Buy
22 As The Pig Turns 2011 Description / Buy
23 Hiss and Hers 2012 Description / Buy
24 Christmas Crumble (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
25 Something Borrowed, Someone Dead 2013 Description / Buy
26 The Blood of an Englishman 2014 Description / Buy
27 Agatha's First Case (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
28 Dishing the Dirt 2015 Description / Buy
29 Pushing up Daisies 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Bad Husbands Series

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1 The Scandalous Lady Wright 1990 Description / Buy
2 His Lordship's Pleasure 1991 Description / Buy
3 Her Grace's Passion 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Daring Debutantes Series

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1 Henrietta 1979 Description / Buy
2 Kitty 1979 Description / Buy
3 Molly 1980 Description / Buy
4 Penelope 1980 Description / Buy
5 Lucy 1980 Description / Buy
6 Annabelle 1980 Description / Buy
7 Sally 1982 Description / Buy

Order of Dukes & Desires Series

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1 Lady Lucy's Lover 1983 Description / Buy
2 My Dear Duchess 1987 Description / Buy
3 Pretty Polly 1988 Description / Buy
4 Her Grace's Passion 1991 Description / Buy
5 The Scandalous Marriage 1991 Description / Buy
6 The Desirable Duchess 1993 Description / Buy
7 The Sins of Lady Dacey 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Edwardian Candlelight Series

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1 Molly 1980 Description / Buy
2 My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie 1981 Description / Buy

Order of Edwardian Murder Mysteries Series

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1 Snobbery with Violence 2003 Description / Buy
2 Hasty Death 2004 Description / Buy
3 Sick of Shadows 2005 Description / Buy
4 Our Lady of Pain 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Endearing Young Charms Series

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1 The French Affair 1984 Description / Buy
2 Those Endearing Young Charms 1986 Description / Buy
3 To Dream of Love 1986 Description / Buy
4 Marriage of Inconvenience 1992 Description / Buy
5 A Governess of Distinction 1992 Description / Buy
6 The Glitter and the Gold 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Hamish Macbeth Series

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1 Death of a Gossip 1985 Description / Buy
2 Death of a Cad 1987 Description / Buy
3 Death of an Outsider 1988 Description / Buy
4 Death of a Perfect Wife 1989 Description / Buy
5 Death of a Hussy 1990 Description / Buy
6 Death of a Snob 1992 Description / Buy
7 Death of a Prankster 1992 Description / Buy
8 Death of a Glutton 1993 Description / Buy
9 Death of a Travelling Man 1993 Description / Buy
10 Death of a Charming Man 1994 Description / Buy
11 Death of a Nag 1995 Description / Buy
12 Death of a Macho Man 1996 Description / Buy
13 Death of a Dentist 1997 Description / Buy
14 Death of a Scriptwriter 1998 Description / Buy
15 Death of an Addict 1999 Description / Buy
16 A Highland Christmas 1999 Description / Buy
17 Death of a Dustman 2001 Description / Buy
18 Death of a Celebrity 2002 Description / Buy
19 Death of a Village 2003 Description / Buy
20 Death of a Poison Pen 2004 Description / Buy
21 Death of a Bore 2005 Description / Buy
22 Death of a Dreamer 2006 Description / Buy
23 Death of a Maid 2007 Description / Buy
24 Death of a Gentle Lady 2008 Description / Buy
25 Death of a Witch 2009 Description / Buy
26 Death of a Valentine 2009 Description / Buy
27 Death of a Chimney Sweep 2011 Description / Buy
28 Death of a Kingfisher 2012 Description / Buy
29 Death of Yesterday 2013 Description / Buy
30 Death of a Policeman 2014 Description / Buy
31 Death of a Liar 2015 Description / Buy
32 Knock, Knock, You're Dead! 2016 Description / Buy
33 Death of a Nurse 2016 Description / Buy
34 Death of a Ghost 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Ladies in Love Series

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1 Polly 1980 Description / Buy
2 Ginny 1980 Description / Buy
3 Tilly 1981 Description / Buy
4 Susie 1981 Description / Buy
5 Daisy 2014 Description / Buy
6 Maggie 2014 Description / Buy
7 Poppy 2014 Description / Buy
8 Amaryllis 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Love & Temptation Series

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1 Quadrille 1981 Description / Buy
2 The Original Miss Honeyford 1985 Description / Buy
3 The Education of Miss Patterson 1985 Description / Buy
4 The Education of Miss Patterson 1985 Description / Buy
5 At the Sign of the Golden Pineapple 1987 Description / Buy
6 Perfect Gentleman 1988 Description / Buy
7 Miss Davenport's Christmas 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Love Series

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1 Regency Gold 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Flirt 1985 Description / Buy
3 Lessons in Love 1987 Description / Buy
4 LESSONS IN LOVE 1987 Description / Buy

Order of M.C. Beaton Standalone Novels

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1 The Poor Relation 1984 Description / Buy
2 Summertime Splendor 1992 Description / Buy
3 The Skeleton in the Closet 2001 Description / Buy
4 The Agatha Raisin Companion 2010 Description / Buy
5 Summer of Discontent (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Partners in Crime Series

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1 Partners in Crime Part 1 (36 Hours Book 25) 2014 Description / Buy
2 Nine Months Part 2 2014 Description / Buy
3 Nine Months Part 3 2014 Description / Buy
4 Partners in Crime Part 2 2014 Description / Buy
5 Partners in Crime Part 3 2014 Description / Buy
6 Nine Months Part 1 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Poor Relation Series

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1 Lady Fortescue Steps Out 1992 Description / Buy
2 Miss Tonks Turns to Crime 1993 Description / Buy
3 Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace 1993 Description / Buy
4 Sir Philip's Folly 1993 Description / Buy
5 Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue 1994 Description / Buy
6 Back in Society 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Regency Flame Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Regency Gold 1980 Description / Buy

Order of Regency Love Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Henrietta 1979 Description / Buy
2 Penelope 1982 Description / Buy

Order of Regency Royal Series

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1 Lady Margery's Intrigue 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Ghost and Lady Alice 1981 Description / Buy
3 Ghost & Lady Alice 1981 Description / Buy
4 The Westerby Inheritance 1982 Description / Buy
5 Love and Lady Lovelace 1982 Description / Buy
6 Duke's Diamonds 1982 Description / Buy
7 The Viscount's Revenge 1983 Description / Buy
8 Lady Lucy's Lover 1983 Description / Buy
9 Lady Anne's Deception 1985 Description / Buy
10 The Paper Princess 1987 Description / Buy
11 Milady in Love 1987 Description / Buy
12 Savage Marquess 1988 Description / Buy
13 Scandalous Marriage 1991 Description / Buy
14 The Dreadful Debutante 1994 Description / Buy
15 The Chocolate Debutante 1995 Description / Buy
16 The Loves of Lord Granton 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Regency Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Constant Companion 1980 Description / Buy

Order of Royal Ambition Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Miss Fiona's Fancy 1987 Description / Buy

Order of The Daughters of Mannerling Series

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1 The Banishment 1995 Description / Buy
2 The Intrigue 1995 Description / Buy
3 The Deception 1996 Description / Buy
4 The Folly 1996 Description / Buy
5 The Romance 1997 Description / Buy
6 The Homecoming 1997 Description / Buy

Order of The School For Manners Series

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1 Refining Felicity 1988 Description / Buy
2 Perfecting Fiona 1989 Description / Buy
3 Enlightening Delilah 1989 Description / Buy
4 Finessing Clarissa 1989 Description / Buy
5 Animating Maria 1990 Description / Buy
6 Marrying Harriet 1990 Description / Buy

Order of The Six Sisters Series

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1 Minerva 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Taming of Annabelle 1983 Description / Buy
3 Deirdre and Desire 1983 Description / Buy
4 Daphne 1984 Description / Buy
5 Diana the Huntress 1985 Description / Buy
6 Frederica in Fashion 1985 Description / Buy

Order of The Traveling Matchmaker Series

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1 Emily Goes to Exeter 1990 Description / Buy
2 Belinda Goes to Bath 1990 Description / Buy
3 Penelope Goes to Portsmouth 1991 Description / Buy
4 Beatrice Goes to Brighton 1991 Description / Buy
5 Deborah Goes to Dover 1992 Description / Buy
6 Yvonne Goes to York 1992 Description / Buy

Order of The Waverly Women Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The First Rebellion 1989 Description / Buy
2 Silken Bonds 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Love Match 1989 Description / Buy
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M C Beaton has been writing since 1979, and has authored several successful novels including the Hamish Macbeth and the Agatha Raisin mystery series. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series consists of over 25 mystery novels written from 1992 onwards. It depicts the character of Agatha Raisin as a retired public relations agent who moves from London to Cotswolds and strives hard to solve the mystery murders around her.

The Hamish Macbeth series on the other hand follows Hamish Macbeth, a fictional village police officer who uses his wit to solve crimes in his town, and occasionally bend the rules to suit him or his friends. The series has more than 30 books written from 1985 onwards.

M C BEATON AWARDS

M C Beaton’s long and outstanding writing career has not gone without being noticed. In 1986, she won the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer. She has also won international acclaim for her New York best selling Agatha Raisin series and the Hamish Macbeth series.

M C BEATON BOOKS INTO MOVIES

M C Beaton’s novel – Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death from the Agatha Raisin book series, was adapted into an eight-episode comedy drama and aired on Sky1 starting Dec. 2014. It stars actress Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin.

The Hamish Macbeth book series was also turned into a comedy-mystery drama series and first aired in 1995 by BBC Scotland. The Hamish Macbeth TV series, which is based loosely on the book series, stars Robert Carlyle as the main character. It aired between 1995 and 1997 before the show was cancelled. The first and second seasons had 6 episodes each, while the third episode had eight episodes.

M.C. BEATON BEST BOOKS

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death: This is the first novel of the Agatha Raisin mystery series. The plot is set in Cotswolds, England and revolves around the main characters’ lives – Agatha Raisin, Bill Wong, Roy Silver and James Lacey. In the novel, Agatha Raisin is introduced as a successful former PR officer who sells her apartment in London and goes to begin a new life in Carsely town. She quickly finds out that she is unable to make friends with the locals because they are very quiet. Encouraged by Bill Wong, a local bobby, she decides to join a quiche competition at the village hoping to win.

However, things take a turn for the worst when the judge at the competition dies suddenly after taking a bite of the quiche that Agatha brought with her. When she becomes the prime suspect in the murder, Agatha decides to prove herself innocent and find the judge’s real killers.

The Vicious Vet: The plot of this novel is also set in Cotswolds. In the beginning, Agatha Raisin is portrayed as a woman who is addicted to city life, and finds it very difficult to adjust to her new life in the village. Quickly, she finds herself attracted to James Lacey, a retired military officer who lives in her neighborhood. However, when she realizes that he isn’t interested in her, she quickly tries to attract the smart and good-looking vet of the town.

However, the vet is found dead a few days later next to a high strung horse. The police believe that his death was accidental, but Agatha thinks he was murdered. She together with James Lacey, work together to investigate who killed him. However, Agatha’s attempts to solve the murder, puts her life in great danger, though she is unaware of it. She has to catch the murderer as soon as she can before she becomes his next victim.

When Does The Next M.C. Beaton book come out?

M.C. Beaton doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Death of a Ghost and was released on February, 2nd 2017. It is the newest book in the Hamish Macbeth Series .

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