M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton

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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Dishing the Dirt

Cozy Mystery

Sep-2015

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 26

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Death of a Liar

Mystery

Feb-2015

Hamish MacBeth - 32

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The Blood of an Englishman

Cozy Mystery

Sep-2014

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 25

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Death of a Policeman

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-2014

Hamish MacBeth - 31

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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead

Cozy Mystery

Sep-2013

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 24

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Death of Yesterday

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Apr-2013

Hamish MacBeth - 30

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Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble

Cozy Mystery

Dec-2012

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 23.5

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Hiss and Hers

Cozy Mystery

Sep-2012

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 23

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Death of a Kingfisher

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2012

Hamish MacBeth - 29

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As the Pig Turns

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2011

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 22

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Death of a Chimney Sweep

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2011

Hamish MacBeth - 27

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The Agatha Raisin Companion

Cozy Mystery

Nov-2010

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 0

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Busy Body

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2010

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 21

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Death of a Valentine

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jan-2010

Hamish MacBeth - 26

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There Goes the Bride

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2009

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 20

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Death of a Witch

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2009

Hamish MacBeth - 25

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A Spoonful of Poison

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2008

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 19

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Death of a Gentle Lady

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-2008

Hamish MacBeth - 24

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Kissing Christmas Goodbye

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2007

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 18

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Death of a Maid

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2007

Hamish MacBeth - 23

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Love, Lies and Liquor

Cozy Mystery

Sep-2006

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 17

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Death of a Dreamer

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-2006

Hamish MacBeth - 22

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The Perfect Paragon

Cozy Mystery

Aug-2005

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 16

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Death of a Bore

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-2005

Hamish MacBeth - 21

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The Deadly Dance

Cozy Mystery

Nov-2004

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 15

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Death of a Poison Pen

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-2004

Hamish MacBeth - 20

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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House

Cozy Mystery

Oct-2003

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 14

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Death of a Village

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2003

Hamish MacBeth - 19

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Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate

Cozy Mystery

Feb-2003

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 13

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Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came

Cozy Mystery

Jul-2002

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 12

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Death of a Celebrity

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jan-2002

Hamish MacBeth - 18

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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

Cozy Mystery

Dec-2001

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 11

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Death of a Dustman

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-2001

Hamish MacBeth - 17

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The Skeleton in the Closet

Amateur Sleuth

Mar-2001

Fellworth Dolphin and Maggie Partlett - 1

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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam

Cozy Mystery

Jun-2000

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 10

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A Highland Christmas

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Nov-1999

Hamish MacBeth - 16

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Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden

Cozy Mystery

Nov-1999

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 9

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Death of an Addict

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

May-1999

Hamish MacBeth - 15

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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham

Cozy Mystery

Apr-1999

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 8

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Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death

Cozy Mystery

Aug-1998

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 7

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Death of a Scriptwriter

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jun-1998

Hamish MacBeth - 14

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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist

Cozy Mystery

Oct-1997

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 6

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Death of a Dentist

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Aug-1997

Hamish MacBeth - 13

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Death of a Macho Man

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Aug-1997

Hamish MacBeth - 12

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Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

Cozy Mystery

Nov-1996

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 5

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Death of a Nag

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jul-1995

Hamish MacBeth - 11

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Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

Cozy Mystery

Apr-1995

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 4

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Death of a Charming Man

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Sep-1994

Hamish MacBeth - 10

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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener

Cozy Mystery

Aug-1994

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 3

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Death of a Travelling Man

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Dec-1993

Hamish MacBeth - 9

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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet

Cozy Mystery

Aug-1993

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 2

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Death of a Glutton / Death of a Greedy Woman

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Apr-1993

Hamish MacBeth - 8

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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

Cozy Mystery

Dec-1992

An Agatha Raisin Mystery - 1

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Death of a Prankster

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jun-1992

Hamish MacBeth - 7

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Death of a Snob

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Jul-1991

Hamish MacBeth - 6

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Death of a Hussy

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Nov-1990

Hamish MacBeth - 5

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Death of a Perfect Wife

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Nov-1989

Hamish MacBeth - 4

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Death of an Outsider

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Nov-1988

Hamish MacBeth - 3

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Death of a Cad

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Feb-1987

Hamish MacBeth - 2

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Death of a Gossip

Police/Detective/Law Enforcement

Mar-1985

Hamish MacBeth - 1

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