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M. C. Beaton (1936–2019)

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M. C. Beaton's real name is Marion Chesney. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1936. She has written over a hundred books under her own name and other pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. She started her writing career while working as a näytä lisää fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow. Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland. Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer. She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive. Her title His and Hers made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Marion Chesney passed away on December 31, 2019 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

(eng) Marion Chesney also writes under the pseudonyms of Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M. C. Beaton, and Sarah Chester. More of her books are being reedited as Marion Chesney or M. C. Beaton.

Image credit: M.C. Beaton by David Shankbone. 25 September 2006. New York City.


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Virallinen nimi
Chesney Gibbons, Marion
Muut nimet
Fairfax, Ann (pseudonym)
Tremaine, Jennie (pseudonym)
Crampton, Helen (pseudonym)
Chesney, Marion (maiden name and pseudonym)
Ward, Charlotte (pseudonym)
Beaton, M. C. (pseudonym) (näytä kaikki 7)
Chester, Sarah (pseudonym)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Cotswolds, England, UK
Paris, France
buyer (for bookshop)
theater critic
reporter (newspaper)
Gibbons, Harry Scott (husband)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Marion Chesney was a very prolific author, born in 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland. She 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 knowledge of shorthand or typing. She quickly got the job of fashion editor instead. She later 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. She married Harry Scott Gibbons, the paper's Middle East Correspondent and had a son, Charles. The family later moved 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, where 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 began to write historical romances in 1977. Marion wrote over 100 of these historical romances under her maiden name Marion Chesney, and under the pseudonyms: Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester. Finally becoming fed up with all eras from 1714 to 1910, she began to write contemporary detectives stories in 1985 under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton. A trip to Sutherland on holiday and a course at a fishing school inspired the first Constable Hamish Macbeth story. The family later returned to Britain and bought a croft in Sutherland where Harry reared a flock of black sheep and Charles went to school in London. When Charles finished school, they moved to the Cotswolds where Agatha Raisin was created.
Marion Chesney also writes under the pseudonyms of Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, M. C. Beaton, and Sarah Chester. More of her books are being reedited as Marion Chesney or M. C. Beaton.



Borrowed this on Maddie's recommendation, but couldn't get into it. The title detective barely shows his face in the first third, and neither does the murder. (It becomes obvious who's gonna die eventually, although "gossip" is a light word for it. I also don't love that she's fat and ugly and mean to everyone who crosses her path for no gain, and these are all given similar narrative weight.)

Maddie says MC Beaton is great at unlikeable narrators, which seems likely but is not my favorite thing. Gonna try one of the later books in this series, though.… (lisätietoja)
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caedocyon | 62 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 23, 2024 |
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BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Liked it kept u thinking till the end. Quick read
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saracsmith | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 13, 2024 |
{first two of 34+3 in Agatha Raisin series; detective, murder, village life, Cotswolds, comedy, audiobook, BBC adaptation}

I've enjoyed watching Ashley Jensen portraying the titular Agatha Raisin in the TV adaptation of M.C. Beaton's series and I came across them (probably in my Recommendations) and thought I'd give the books a go. Since there was an audiobook of the first two available at one of my libraries I decided to give listening while I work (or, more accurately, potter) another try. These books are narrated by a full cast (including brass band sound effects) with Penelope Keith as Agatha. I loved hearing her voice with those '[To the Manor Born]' tones which suited the character in a different way from Jensen's take.

ETA: I suspect, from reading a few other reviews, that I listened to an abbreviated/ adapted version; some of the incidents didn't happen in the book I borrowed (who's Doris?) and the cat's name was different. But I didn't find Agatha as abrasive or unlikeable as some people seem to have found her; in this edition she resembled Jensen's version quite a bit. I did wonder how I whizzed through two audiobooks so quickly. Maybe I'll rethink my complete conversion to this media ...

The Quiche of Death

Agatha Raisin, having started a PR firm in London, made it successful and sold it for a fortune (or at least for more than the cost of a cottage in the Cotswolds) has now moved to said cottage and wants to integrate into Carsely village life. To this end she enters a local baking competition - and orders Roy, her former employee, to buy a quiche from the best quiche shop in London. Despite her nefarious plan, she doesn't win - but the judge does take it home to have for dinner. When he's later found dead from cowbane poisoning from the quiche, Agatha falls under suspicion.

So of course she's not going to take that sitting down and sets about proving her innocence, totally upsetting the police investigation. And she makes classic mistakes, like being alone with the murderer when she accuses them - which are pointed out to her when it's just too late. Fortunately she has friends in local policeman Bill Wong who is also considered an outsider by the locals (though he's a Gloucestershire lad born and bred, his dad is half Chinese) and Chivers, the orange (marmalade?) kitten he leaves with her to foster.

3.5 stars

The Vicious Vet

A handsome new vet moves into the village and Agatha gets a new neighbour - James, an ex-military colonel who just wants to be left alone to write his book on British military history without having to fend off all the single ladies bringing food to his door. Though Paul, the vet, has plenty of female admirers who consider him a miracle worker for their pets, one elderly lady claims that her Charlie had no reason to die. When Paul, and later his accuser, are found dead due to accidents Agatha thinks it's time to stick her nose in.

I found the way Agatha bosses James around hilarious. And he, colonel that he was, must enjoy their detective work because he goes along with her escapades without much protest. Or not until afterwards, anyway - at which point he's quite voluble.

3.5 stars (rounding down for animal cruelty)

(January 2024)
3.5 stars
plus an extra half star for the audio. 4.0 stars
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humouress | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 12, 2024 |



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