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.
Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is alarmed to receive a report from a woman in the small village of Cronish in the Scottish Highlands. She has been brutally attacked and the criminal is on the loose. But upon further investigation, Hamish discovers that she was lying about the crime. So when the same woman...
"Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman..." Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playin...
Blessed with beauty, Mrs. Manners never bothered with the lesser skills of grammar and spelling. So, in order to entrap a second husband, namely the dashing Duke of Denbigh, she needed Miss Verity Bascombe. Surely the modest chit would be honored to write her love letters.Poor Verity Her old schoo...
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Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer...
Gloria French was a jolly widow with dyed blonde hair, a raucous laugh and rosy cheeks. When she first moved from London to the charming Cotswolds hills, she was heartily welcomed. She seemed a do-gooder par excellence, raising funds for the church and caring for the elderly. But she had a nasty ...
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When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is for...
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Christmas tale that’s holly, jolly—and deadly, by golly…At home alone for the holidays, Agatha Raisin decides to host a dinner party for the elder residents in her Cotswold village of Winter Parva. Agatha’s never been much of a homemaker, but she’s dead-set on making this the perfect holi...
If only the bossy, beloved Agatha Raisin were as lucky at finding the right man as she is at catching killers in M. C. Beaton's New York Times bestselling mystery series Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of everyone's favorite sleuth, M. C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin is as feisty as ever -- arme...
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When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood,...
Winter Parva is a "picturesque" (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a medieval market hall, and thatched cottages. After a disappointing Christmas season, the parish council has decided to hold a special event in January, complete with old-fashioned costumes, morris dancing, and a pig roas...
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There's not a cloud in Constable Hamish Macbeth's sky, just plenty of warm sunshine and not quite enough of beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in. The fou...
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In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated northern villages, the people rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Highlands . . . until the day Police Constable Hamis...
This book is a celebration of all things Agatha Raisin. It includes an introduction by M C Beaton, Agatha's biography, her background and retirement to the Cotswolds, her complex love life and the details of village life in Carsely. There are brief biogs of all the men in her life (there are many...
This Christmas, be careful what you wish for... Cranky yet lovable Agatha Raisin has always been ambivalent about holiday cheer, though her cozy village of Carsely has long prided itself on its Christmas festivities. Until now. This year, local Health and Safety Board officer John Sunday is thre...
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Amazing news is spreading across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. While everyone in Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. A...
For whom the wedding bells toll... Much as it goes against the grain, Agatha Raisin is trying to be a good sport. Even though her ex-husband James Lacey's upcoming marriage to the beautiful Felicity Bross-Tilkington fills her heart with dread, she takes a break from her successful detective agency...
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A DEADLY BREW OF TOIL AND TROUBLE Returning from a vacation, Constable Hamish Macbeth senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over his Scottish village of Lochdubh. Newcomer Catriona Beldame has cast a bewitching spell over the town, causing the local men to visit her cottage at all hours of the night...
Beloved author M. C. Beaton has delighted readers and fans alike with her Agatha Raisin mysteries. The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet, the first two books in the series, are now together for the first time in one volume. . . .The Quiche of DeathPutting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin...
THIS TIME, SHE'S GOT HERSELF IN A JAM Agatha Raisin's detective agency has become so successful that now all she wants is some R&R. But as soon as she cuts back her hours, Agatha remembers that when she has too much quality time, she doesn't know what to do with it. So it doesn't take much for the...
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You are cordially invited to the wedding of Hamish Macbeth... Living in her castle near the village of Lochdubh, the elderly Mrs. Gentle wears lavender-colored clothes and is kind and solicitous of her neighbors. Everyone in town adores her -- except for Constable Hamish Macbeth, who discovers t...
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Agatha Raisin is bored. Her detective agency in the Cotswolds is thriving, but she'll scream if she has to deal with another missing cat or dog. Only two things seem to offer potential excitement: Christmas, and her ex, James Lacey. This year Agatha's sure that if sh...
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A DEATHLY MESS A housecleaner who damages more, items than she dusts, Mrs. Gillespie is a notorious snoop who spreads malicious gossip throughout the Highlands. After winning her cleaning services in a church raffle, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth feels an ill wind coming. Sure enough, the mean...
OLD HABITS DIE HARD Agatha Raisin is lonely. Busy as she is with her detective agency and the meetings of the Carsely Ladies' Society, she still misses her ex-husband, James Lacey. So when he suddenly resurfaces and invites her on holiday at a surprise location, she's ready to go yesterday. With...
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A DREAM OF DYING In the Highlands village of Lochdubh, every season has its special flavor. Lanky, red-haired constable Hamish Macbeth relishes them all, but spring is the grandest. Now the winter storms have blown out to sea, the loch is smooth as glass, and Macbeth is content with his dog, cat, ...
AGATHA RAISIN...AND THE CASE FROM HELL She's nosed in on murder investigations, annoyed law enforcement on two continents, and been targeted by everyone from a hit man to a killer secretary. But now Agatha Raisin must take on her greatest nightmare--a divorce case. Bad enough that her struggling...
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THE INK IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD Famous writer John Heppel is a bitter, self-important man who cruelly belittles the scribblings of the locals signed up for his writing course. So when Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth finds Heppel murdered, his mouth filled with ink, it seems like a fitting f...
SHE'S OUTCLASSED, OUTMATCHED, AND OUTGUNNED Infuriated that her holiday was ruined by a mugging, Agatha Raisin decides to open up her own detective agency. The romance-minded sleuth is thrilled by visions of handsome fellow gumshoes and headline-making crimes--but soon finds the only cases she c...
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MURDEROUS MISSIVES A sudden plague of maliciousness strikes the beautiful Highland town of Lochdubh in the form of a rash of poison pen letters. Things turn deadly when the local postmistress is found hanged in her room...with a vicious note beneath her dangling feet. Though his superiors call i...
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT... Agatha Raisin, snug and warm in her Carsely cottage, has that same old feeling--boredom--until a report of a haunted house sends her and handsome new neighbor Paul Chatterton to investigate. Suddenly, middle-aged Agatha is aglow with romance and excitement. ...
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TOWN WITHOUT PITY...OR A GOOD PUB Trouble is afoot in the remote Scottish fishing village of Stoyre, where the inhabitants are acting, well, fishy. On a routine visit, Constable Hamish Macbeth finds the pub empty, the church unexpectedly full, and the very air permeated with fear. Then an explos...
Wretched after being dumped by her husband, bored with pottering about Carsely, and wishing every man would sod off, including her neighbor John Armitage, Agatha Raisin is unmoved by news of the captivating new curate. But when she meets the golden-haired, blue-eyed Tristan Delon, she is swept off ...
'TIL DEATH DO YOU PART... Crankier than ever, Agatha Raisin wants to forget that her husband left her to enter a monastery--a turn of affairs more humiliating than when she caught him with a mistress. She feels abandoned, fat, frumpy, and absolutely furious. What are her options? She takes an...
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MURDER ON THE TELLY Lochdubh, a remote village reached only by a one-track lane, nestles serenely amid Scotland's hills...until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright BMW. And Constable Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty instead of the fiancee who dumped him, promptly ...
AGATHA RAISIN HAS FINALLY MARRIED THE MAN OF HER DREAMS, BUT NOW HER LIFE IS NOTHING SHORT OF A NIGHTMARE... The honeymoon is most definitely over for Agatha Raisin and her new husband, James Lacey. It's only been a short time since their wedding--and already they aren't getting on. But his wand...
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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT The garbage collectors in Britain are still called dustmen, and Lochdubh's dustman is an abusive drunk named Fergus Macleod. When Fergus is put in charge of a recycling center and dubbed the "environment officer," Constable Hamish Macbeth smells trouble. Sure enough, Fergus so...
IGNORANCE IS BLISS... Ever since the death of his father, poor Fellworth Dolphin has slaved away as a waiter to support his miserly, cold-hearted mother. When his mother suddenly dies, Fellworth is shocked to discover that she has left him a sizable inheritance. Confused, Fell teams up with Maggie...
DANCING LIGHTS, DISAPPEARING VALUABLES....AND MURDER--A FANCIFUL MYSTERY FOR THE INDOMITABLE AGATHA Feeling jilted, cross and desperate to reclaim James, the love of her life, Agatha Raisin follows a fortune-teller's advice and rents a cottage in the picturesque village of Fryfam, where she hop...
EYE OF NEWT, TOE OF FROG..AND MURDER Left with bald patches thanks to the wicked doings of a murderer from a previous investigation, Agatha flees to Wyckhadden to grow her tresses back in privacy. When a local witch provides her with hair tonic (and a love potion for fun), Agatha's hair begins t...
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In the dark, wintry highlands of Lochdubh, Scotland, where the local Calvinist element resists the secular trimmings of Christmas, the spirit of Old St. Nick is about as welcome as a flat tire on a deserted road. Nor is crime taking a holiday, as Constable Hamish Macbeth soon finds himself protecti...
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LETHAL HALIBUTS Recovering addict Tommy Jarret rented a chalet to check on reports of a sea monster near the dour village of Drim. But when he turns up dead, apparently of a drug overdose, Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth finds the lad's demise to be particularly fishy--and not of the local sal...
HE WAS A HAIRDRESSER TO DYE FOR -- UNTIL SOMEONE DID HIM IN... The local ladies deemed him a "wizard." So when, to Agatha's horror, she finds several coarse gray hairs poking out of her head-and the rinse she tries at home turns her hair a lovely shade of purple-she makes a beeline for Mr. Joh...
AGATHA IS AT IT AGAIN! This time, the feisty sleuth stumbles upon the victim of an unnatural death in a Cotswold village's famous natural spring. Who was the unlucky corpse? The Ancombe Parish Council chairman--and the only uncommitted member voting on whether to allow the Ancombe Water Company ...
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HOLLYWOOD IN THE HIGHLANDS With the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe away in London, Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth pines for company during the long Scottish winter. He gets his wish--and more--when a troupe of flashy, urbane filmmakers clamors into the nearby town of Drim. Before long bedl...
COLD-BLOODED MURDER HEATS UP AGATHA'S GREEK HOLIDAY... Everyone loves Agatha! Called "a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball" by the St. Petersburg Times and "refreshingly sensible, wonderfully eccentric, thoroughly likable" by Booklist, reviewers and readers alike c...
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MURDER WITH BITE In Scotland, where thrift and a "nice set of dentures" are admired, Dr. Frederick Gilchrist's cheap rates and penchant for pulling teeth have gained him a clientele. However, wiser Highlanders--like Lochdubh policeman Hamish Macbeth--steer clear of this reputed womanizer's too-b...
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WHAT ACCOMPANIES A HUGE, TATTOOED STRANGER TO A TINY HIGHLAND TOWN? DEATH. Everybody in Lochdubh knew about the Macho Man, a mean bully claiming to be a professional wrestler. His insults at the local pub caused some bonny brawls. His sneaking around aroused suspicion that he was romancing some ...
WEDDING BELLS SOUND A DEATH KNELL Moonstruck Agatha Raisin is tying the knot with distinguished but reserved James Lacey before he can have second thoughts. After all, her first husband Jimmy must be long since dead of alcohol poisoning. But Jimmy Raisin hears the news in his cardboard residence...
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A FORGOTTEN NORTH SEA RESORT IS A PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM EVERYTHING. EXCEPT MURDER. Lochdubh constable Hamish Macbeth is more dour than ever after losing both his promotion and his girl, the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. A trip to a charming seaside inn with his dog Towser is meant to raise...
After six months in London, Agatha Raisin returns to her beloved Cotswold village--and to her attractive neighbor, James Lacey. True, James is less than thrilled to see her, but Agatha is soon consoled by a sensational homicide. The victim, found in a lonely field, is hiker Jessica Tartinck, who...
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HE COULD CHARM YOUR PANTS OFF. THAT WAS PRECISELY THE PROBLEM. Police constable Hamish Macbeth hears that a posh English chap has moved into an unlikely place--the backwater village of Drim. Indeed, Peter Hynd has the town's matrons giggling like teens as they ogle him working shirtless in his g...
Never say die. That's the philosophy Agatha Raisin clings to when she comes home to cozy Carsely and finds a new woman ensconced in the affections of her attractive bachelor neighbor, James Lacey. The beautiful newcomer, Mary Fortune, is superior in every way, especially when it comes to gardening....
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Hamish Macbeth's life is going to pot. He's been promoted (horrors!), his boss is a dunce, and--to add insult to injury--a sinister self-proclaimed gypsy and his girlfriend have parked their rusty, eye-sore-of-a-van in the village. Hamish smells trouble and as usual he's right. The doctor's drugs ...
ROMANCE--ANDMURDER--WAFT UPON THE SWEET COTSWOLD AIR.... The feisty Agatha Raisin, until recently a London public-relations executive, believes that the attractive new village vet has taken a shine to her. Yet before romance can bloom, Dr. Paul Bladen accidentally kills himself under suspicious ...
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THERE'S NOT A CLOUD IN CONSTABLE HAMISH MACBETH'S SKY.... Just plenty of warm sunshine and not quite enough of beautiful Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. But as eight hopeful members of the Checkmate Singles Club converge on Tommel Castle Hotel for a week of serious matchmaking, the clouds roll in...
AH-H-H... THE CLOUDLESS PEACE OF THE BEAUTIFUL COTSWOLDS... After Agatha's years of slaving to promote other people's success, her new life in a picture-book English village is a dream come true. And how better to make friends than by entering the village quiche-making competition? To ensure fi...
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WHEN IT COMES TO MURDER, CONSTABLE HAMISH MACBETH CAN'T SEE THE JOKE. Admittedly there's a touch of black humor in the case. Rich, old practical joker Andrew Trent summons his kin to remote Arrat House in the dead of winter for a deathbed farewell. They arrive to find him in perfect health and e...
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IT'S CHRISTMAS, AND CONSTABLE HAMISH MACBETH IS ONE BIG BUNDLE OF MISERY. With a cold in his head and no place to go for the holidays, Hamish snaps up the invitation of gorgeous Jane Wetherby to spend Christmas at her Scottish island health farm -- and determine whether someone really is trying to...
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WEALTHY MAGGIE BAIRD IS NEITHER NICE NOR KIND NOR GENEROUS. About the best that can be said of her is that inside her middle-aged body, there still beats the heart of a beautiful tart. So when her car catches fire, with Maggie in it, there are five likely perpetrators right on the premises, h...
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CONSTABLE HAMISH MACBETH IS A HAPPY MAN He has his home, his cattle, hens and geese, his friends and neighbors, and soon, he hopes, he'll have lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe as well. God's in his heaven and all's right with the world...until someone poisons village newcomer Trixie Thomas. ...
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IT'S A WONDER SOMEONE DIDN'T MURDER WILLIAM MAINWARING LONG AGO. Nobody in the Scottish town of Cnothan had liked the abrasive Englishman, and now that he has been murdered--in a most original fashion--nobody much minds. Constable Hamish Macbeth's hard luck is that he happens to be on temporary ...
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THE HUNTER IS HUNTED When Priscilla Halburton-Smythe brings her London playwright fiance home to Lochdubh, the whole town is delighted, save perhaps for lovesmitten bobby Hamish Macbeth. But the morning after a tastefully posh engagement party, one of the guests, Captain Bartlett--who so enraged...
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MOST UNSPORTING BEHAVIOR John Cartwright, owner and fishing instructor at the Lochdubh School of Casting in the wilds of Scotland, had a premonition of evil doings. And when the latest class of anglers appeared, his fears were proved real, in the most unladylike person of Lady Jane Winters--so...