M C Beaton Books

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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 Agatha Raisin Series

1The Quiche of Death 1992Description / Buy
2The Vicious Vet 1993Description / Buy
3The Potted Gardener 1994Description / Buy
4The Walkers of Dembley 1995Description / Buy
5The Murderous Marriage 1996Description / Buy
6The Terrible Tourist 1997Description / Buy
7The Wellspring of Death 1998Description / Buy
8The Wizard of Evesham 1999Description / Buy
9The Witch of Wyckhadden 1999Description / Buy
10The Fairies of Fryfam 2000Description / Buy
11The Love from Hell 2001Description / Buy
12The Day the Floods Came 2002Description / Buy
13The Case of the Curious Curate 2003Description / Buy
14The Haunted House 2003Description / Buy
15The Deadly Dance 2004Description / Buy
16The Perfect Paragon 2005Description / Buy
17Love, Lies and Liquor 2006Description / Buy
18Kissing Christmas Goodbye 2007Description / Buy
19A Spoonful of Poison 2008Description / Buy
20There Goes the Bride 2009Description / Buy
21Busy Body 2010Description / Buy
22As The Pig Turns 2011Description / Buy
23Hiss and Hers 2012Description / Buy
24Christmas Crumble (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
25Something Borrowed, Someone Dead 2013Description / Buy
26The Blood of an Englishman 2014Description / Buy
27Agatha's First Case (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
28Dishing the Dirt 2015Description / Buy
29Pushing up Daisies 2016Description / Buy
30The Witches' Tree 2017Description / Buy
31The Dead Ringer 2018Description / Buy
32Beating about the Bush 2019Description / Buy
33Hot to Trot ( With: R.W. Green) 2020Description / Buy
34Down the Hatch ( With: R.W. Green) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books

1The Agatha Raisin Companion 2010Description / Buy

Order of Hamish Macbeth Series

1Death of a Gossip 1985Description / Buy
2Death of a Cad 1987Description / Buy
3Death of an Outsider 1988Description / Buy
4Death of a Perfect Wife 1989Description / Buy
5Death of a Hussy 1990Description / Buy
6Death of a Snob 1992Description / Buy
7Death of a Prankster 1992Description / Buy
8Death of a Glutton / Death of a Greedy Woman 1993Description / Buy
9Death of a Travelling Man 1993Description / Buy
10Death of a Charming Man 1994Description / Buy
11Death of a Nag 1995Description / Buy
12Death of a Macho Man 1996Description / Buy
13Death of a Dentist 1997Description / Buy
14Death of a Scriptwriter 1998Description / Buy
15Death of an Addict 1999Description / Buy
16A Highland Christmas 1999Description / Buy
17Death of a Dustman 2001Description / Buy
18Death of a Celebrity 2002Description / Buy
19Death of a Village 2003Description / Buy
20Death of a Poison Pen 2004Description / Buy
21Death of a Bore 2005Description / Buy
22Death of a Dreamer 2006Description / Buy
23Death of a Maid 2007Description / Buy
24Death of a Gentle Lady 2008Description / Buy
25Death of a Witch 2009Description / Buy
26Death of a Valentine 2009Description / Buy
27Death of a Chimney Sweep / Death of a Sweep 2011Description / Buy
28Death of a Kingfisher 2012Description / Buy
29Death of Yesterday 2013Description / Buy
30Death of a Policeman 2014Description / Buy
31Death of a Liar 2015Description / Buy
32Knock, Knock, You're Dead! 2016Description / Buy
33Death of a Nurse 2016Description / Buy
34Death of a Ghost 2017Description / Buy
35Death of an Honest Man 2018Description / Buy
36Death of a Green-Eyed Monster 2021Description / Buy

Order of M.C. Beaton Standalone Novels

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

Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Series

1A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 1 2017Description / Buy
2A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 2 2017Description / Buy
3A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 3 2017Description / Buy
4A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 4 2018Description / Buy
5A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 5 2018Description / Buy
6A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 6 2019Description / Buy
7A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 7 2019Description / Buy
8A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 8 (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
9A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 9 2020Description / Buy
10A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 10 2020Description / Buy
11A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 11 2021Description / Buy
12A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 12 2021Description / Buy
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After the birth of her son Charles to her husband Harry Scott Gibbons, the family moved to the United States when her husband took a job as the editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. From there, the two of them would go on to work at Rupert Murdoch’s start-up tabloid called The Star. They lived in New York at this time, but Marion’s time with The Star wouldn’t last long as she wanted to spend more time at home with her second child, Marion.

This is when she began writing Recency Romance novels at an incredible pace to support her working from home. She wrote close to 100 historical romance novels under her maiden name, Marion Chesney. Writing about the 1811-1820 period of time can get old though, especially when you write so many novels of the time period and she deicided to start writing detective stories under the pseudonym M C Beaton. These stories would be what took her to another level of writing success.

Her characters have been inspired by her surroundings in a lot of ways. A course at a fishing school in Sutherland on holiday inspired her first Hamish Macbeth story. A move to Cotswolds helped create the character of Agatha Raisin. She has used many pseudonyms throughout her career including Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tramaine, Charlotte Ward and Helen Crampton, but in the US and abroad M. C. Beaton is used most often as that is the most successful of her names.

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’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’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.


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?

The next book by M.C. Beaton is Down the Hatch and will be released on October, 26th 2021. It is the newest book in the Agatha Raisin Series.


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  1. Mrs. Marion Chesney Gibbons (M. C. Beaton) died on December 30, 2019, according to her obituaries.
    Perhaps she gave Mr. Green permission to continue publishing as a co-author?
    Regardless, the “last” book co-written did not have her “voice,” and had many factual flaws. To be fair, even Mrs. Gibbons at times did not strictly adhere to her character’s back story.
    Mr. Green describes his relationship with Mrs. Gibbons here: femalefirst.co.uk/books/m-c-beaton-hot-to-trot-1260949.html

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