Marion Chesney

Marion Chesney

Marion Chesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and started her first job as a bookseller in charge of the fiction department in John Smith & Sons Ltd. While bookselling, by chance, she got an offer from the Scottish Daily Mail to review variety shows and quickly rose to be their theatre critic. She left Smith’s to join Scottish Field magazine as a secretary in the advertising department, without any shorthand or typing, but quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She then moved to the Scottish Daily Express where she reported mostly on crime. This was followed by a move to Fleet Street to the Daily Express where she became chief woman reporter. After marrying Harry Scott Gibbons and having a son, Charles, Marion went to the United States where Harry had been offered the job of editor of the Oyster Bay Guardian. When that didn’t work out, they went to Virginia and Marion worked as a waitress in a greasy spoon on the Jefferson Davies in Alexandria while Harry washed the dishes. Both then got jobs on Rupert Murdoch’s new tabloid, The Star, and moved to New York.

Anxious to spend more time at home with her small son, Marion, urged by her husband, started to write historical romances in 1977. After she had written over 100 of them under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester, she getting fed up with 1714 to 1910, she began to write detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. On a trip from the States to Sutherland on holiday, a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. They returned to Britain and bought a croft house and croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep. But Charles was at school, in London so when he finished and both tired of the long commute to the north of Scotland, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.

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Our Lady of Pain

Historical Mystery

Apr-2006

Edwardian Murder Mysteries - 4

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Sick of Shadows

Historical Mystery

Apr-2005

Edwardian Murder Mysteries - 3

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Hasty Death

Historical Mystery

Jul-2004

Edwardian Murder Mysteries - 2

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Snobbery with Violence

Historical Mystery

Jul-2003

Edwardian Murder Mysteries - 1

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The Homecoming

Traditional Regency

Dec-1997

Daughters of Mannerling - 6

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The Romance

Traditional Regency

Mar-1997

Daughters of Mannerling - 5

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The Loves of Lord Granton

Traditional Regency

Feb-1997

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The Folly

Traditional Regency

Sep-1996

Daughters of Mannerling - 4

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The Deception

Traditional Regency

Apr-1996

Daughters of Mannerling - 3

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The Chocolate Debutante

Traditional Regency

Oct-1995

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The Intrigue

Traditional Regency

Oct-1995

Daughters of Mannerling - 2

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The Banishment

Traditional Regency

Apr-1995

Daughters of Mannerling - 1

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The Dreadful Debutante

Traditional Regency

Jan-1995

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Back in Society

Traditional Regency

Aug-1994

The Poor Relation - 6

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Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue

Traditional Regency

Apr-1994

The Poor Relation - 5

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The Sins of Lady Dacey

Traditional Regency

Apr-1994

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Miss Davenport's Christmas

Traditional Regency

Nov-1993

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Sir Philip's Folly

Traditional Regency

Nov-1993

The Poor Relation - 4

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The Glitter and the Gold

Traditional Regency

Aug-1993

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Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace

Traditional Regency

Aug-1993

The Poor Relation - 3

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Lady Fortescue Steps Out

Traditional Regency

Jul-1993

The Poor Relation - 1

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Miss Tonks Takes a Risk / Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

Traditional Regency

Apr-1993

The Poor Relation - 2

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The Desirable Duchess

Traditional Regency

Mar-1993

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A Governess of Distinction

Traditional Regency

Dec-1992

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The Summer of Discontent

in Summertime Splendor

Traditional Regency

Jul-1992

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A Marriage of Inconvenience

Traditional Regency

Jun-1992

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Yvonne Goes to York

Traditional Regency

Jun-1992

The Traveling Matchmaker - 6

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Deborah Goes to Dover

Traditional Regency

Mar-1992

The Traveling Matchmaker - 5

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The Scandalous Marriage

Traditional Regency

Feb-1992

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Beatrice Goes to Brighton

Traditional Regency

Oct-1991

The Traveling Matchmaker - 4

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Her Grace's Passion

Traditional Regency

Aug-1991

Bad Husbands - 3

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Penelope Goes to Portsmouth

Traditional Regency

Jul-1991

The Traveling Matchmaker - 3

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His Lordship's Pleasure

Traditional Regency

May-1991

Bad Husbands - 2

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Belinda Goes to Bath

Traditional Regency

Feb-1991

The Traveling Matchmaker - 2

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Emily Goes to Exeter

Traditional Regency

Nov-1990

The Traveling Matchmaker - 1

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The Scandalous Lady Wright

Traditional Regency

Aug-1990

Bad Husbands - 1

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Marrying Harriet

Traditional Regency

Jul-1990

The School for Manners - 6

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Animating Maria

Traditional Regency

Feb-1990

The School for Manners - 5

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The Love Match

Traditional Regency

Feb-1990

The Waverley Women - 3

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Finessing Clarissa

Traditional Regency

Oct-1989

The School for Manners - 4

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Silken Bonds

Traditional Regency

Oct-1989

The Waverley Women - 2

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The First Rebellion

Traditional Regency

Aug-1989

The Waverley Women - 1

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Enlightening Delilah

Traditional Regency

May-1989

The School for Manners - 3

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Perfecting Fiona

Traditional Regency

Jan-1989

The School for Manners - 2

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Pretty Polly

Traditional Regency

Oct-1988

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Refining Felicity

Traditional Regency

Oct-1988

The School for Manners - 1

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The Perfect Gentleman

Traditional Regency

Jun-1988

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Rainbird's Revenge

Traditional Regency

May-1988

A House for the Season - 6

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The Savage Marquess

Traditional Regency

Mar-1988

Signet Regency Romance -

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The Paper Princess

Traditional Regency

Feb-1988

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The Adventuress

Traditional Regency

Nov-1987

A House for the Season - 5

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Lessons in Love

Traditional Regency

Nov-1987

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Miss Fiona's Fancy

Traditional Regency

Jul-1987

Signet Regency Romance -

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Milady in Love

Traditional Regency

Jun-1987

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Rake's Progress

Traditional Regency

Jun-1987

A House for the Season - 4

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The Wicked Godmother

Traditional Regency

Feb-1987

A House for the Season - 3

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At the Sign of the Golden Pineapple

Traditional Regency

Jan-1987

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Plain Jane

Traditional Regency

Oct-1986

A House for the Season - 2

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The Miser of Mayfair

Traditional Regency

Apr-1986

A House for the Season - 1

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To Dream of Love

Traditional Regency

Apr-1986

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Those Endearing Young Charms

Traditional Regency

Feb-1986

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The Education of Miss Patterson

Traditional Regency

Dec-1985

Signet Regency Romance -

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Frederica in Fashion

Traditional Regency

Oct-1985

The Six Sisters - 6

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The Flirt

Traditional Regency

Sep-1985

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Diana the Huntress

Traditional Regency

Jun-1985

The Six Sisters - 5

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The Original Miss Honeyford

Traditional Regency

May-1985

Signet Regency Romance -

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Daphne

Traditional Regency

Nov-1984

The Six Sisters - 4

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Sweet Masquerade

Traditional Regency

Sep-1984

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Deirdre and Desire

Traditional Regency

Jun-1984

The Six Sisters - 3

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The French Affair

Traditional Regency

Apr-1984

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The Poor Relation

Traditional Regency

Mar-1984

Signet Regency Romance -

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Lady Lucy's Lover

Traditional Regency

Dec-1983

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The Taming of Annabelle

Traditional Regency

Nov-1983

The Six Sisters - 2

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The Viscount's Revenge

Traditional Regency

Nov-1983

Signet Regency Romance -

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Minerva

Traditional Regency

Aug-1983

The Six Sisters - 1

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The Westerby Sisters

Traditional Regency

Jul-1983

Westerby - 2

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Duke's Diamonds

Traditional Regency

Nov-1982

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Love and Lady Lovelace

Traditional Regency

Jul-1982

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The Westerby Inheritance

Traditional Regency

Jun-1982

Westerby - 1

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The Ghost and Lady Alice

Traditional Regency

Jan-1982

Coventry - 163

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My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie

Traditional Regency

Oct-1981

Coventry - 145

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Quadrille

Traditional Regency

Apr-1981

Coventry - 106

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The Constant Companion

Traditional Regency

Dec-1980

Coventry - 83

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Lady Margery's Intrigue

Traditional Regency

Jun-1980

Coventry - 49

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Regency Gold

Traditional Regency

Jan-1980

Coventry - 15

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Reissues -- Writing as Marion Chesney

Traditional RegencyJan-1986 Buy
Traditional RegencyJun-1982 Buy
Traditional RegencyJan-1982 Buy
COT-10Traditional RegencyApr-1981 Buy
Traditional RegencyAug-1980 Buy
COT-2Traditional RegencyJun-1980 Buy
Traditional RegencyOct-1979 Buy
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