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

# Read Title Published
1 The Miser of Mayfair 1986
2 Plain Jane 1986
3 The Wicked Godmother 1987
4 Rake's Progress 1987
5 The Adventuress 1987
6 Rainbird's Revenge 1988

Order of Agatha Raisin Series

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

Order of Bad Husbands Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Scandalous Lady Wright 1990
2 His Lordship's Pleasure 1991
3 Her Grace's Passion 1991

Order of Daring Debutantes Series

# Read Title Published
1 Henrietta 1979
2 Kitty 1979
3 Molly 1980
4 Penelope 1980
5 Lucy 1980
6 Annabelle 1980
7 Sally 1982

Order of Dukes & Desires Series

Order of Edwardian Candlelight Series

# Read Title Published
1 Molly 1980
2 My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie 1981

Order of Edwardian Murder Mysteries Series

# Read Title Published
1 Snobbery with Violence 2003
2 Hasty Death 2004
3 Sick of Shadows 2005
4 Our Lady of Pain 2006

Order of Endearing Young Charms Series

Order of Hamish Macbeth Series

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

Order of Ladies in Love Series

# Read Title Published
1 Polly 1980
2 Ginny 1980
3 Tilly 1981
4 Susie 1981
5 Daisy 2014
6 Maggie 2014
7 Poppy 2014
8 Amaryllis 2014

Order of Love & Temptation Series

Order of Love Series

# Read Title Published
1 Regency Gold 1980
2 The Flirt 1985
3 Lessons in Love 1987

Order of M.C. Beaton Standalone Novels

Order of Partners in Crime Series

Order of Poor Relation Series

Order of Regency Flame Series

# Read Title Published
1 Regency Gold 1980

Order of Regency Love Series

# Read Title Published
1 Henrietta 1979
2 Penelope 1982

Order of Regency Royal Series

Order of Regency Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Constant Companion 1980

Order of Royal Ambition Series

# Read Title Published
1 Miss Fiona's Fancy 1987

Order of The Daughters of Mannerling Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Banishment 1995
2 The Intrigue 1995
3 The Deception 1996
4 The Folly 1996
5 The Romance 1997
6 The Homecoming 1997

Order of The School For Manners Series

# Read Title Published
1 Refining Felicity 1988
2 Perfecting Fiona 1989
3 Enlightening Delilah 1989
4 Finessing Clarissa 1989
5 Animating Maria 1990
6 Marrying Harriet 1990

Order of The Six Sisters Series

# Read Title Published
1 Minerva 1982
2 The Taming of Annabelle 1983
3 Deirdre and Desire 1983
4 Daphne 1984
5 Diana the Huntress 1985
6 Frederica in Fashion 1985

Order of The Traveling Matchmaker Series

Order of The Waverly Women Series

# Read Title Published
1 The First Rebellion 1989
2 Silken Bonds 1989
3 The Love Match 1989
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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’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.