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M. C. Beaton (1936–2019)

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About the Author

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
Disambiguation Notice:

(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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Death of a Cad (1987) 908 kappaletta
Death of an Outsider (1988) 832 kappaletta
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989) 818 kappaletta
Death of a Hussy (1990) 777 kappaletta
Death of a Snob (1991) 767 kappaletta
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Death of a Scriptwriter (1998) 694 kappaletta
Death of a Dreamer (2006) 690 kappaletta
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There Goes the Bride (2009) 539 kappaletta
Busy Body (2010) 534 kappaletta
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Death of a Kingfisher (2012) 425 kappaletta
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Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013) 365 kappaletta
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Death of a Nurse (2016) 314 kappaletta
Pushing Up Daisies (2016) 310 kappaletta
Death of a Ghost (2017) 305 kappaletta
Our Lady of Pain (2006) 297 kappaletta
The Witches' Tree (2017) 293 kappaletta
Lady Fortescue Steps Out (1992) 262 kappaletta
The Dead Ringer (2018) 247 kappaletta
Death of an Honest Man (2018) 236 kappaletta
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Minerva (1983) 199 kappaletta
Emily Goes to Exeter (1990) 195 kappaletta
Hot to Trot (2020) 171 kappaletta
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (1993) 169 kappaletta
Agatha's First Case (2015) 157 kappaletta
Belinda Goes to Bath (1991) 154 kappaletta
Refining Felicity (1988) 151 kappaletta
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The Taming of Annabelle (1983) 129 kappaletta
The Banishment (1995) 128 kappaletta
Diana the Huntress (1985) 127 kappaletta
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (1991) 126 kappaletta
The Miser of Mayfair (1986) 126 kappaletta
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Deirdre and Desire (1984) 125 kappaletta
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The Wicked Godmother (1987) 99 kappaletta
Sir Philip's Folly (1993) 99 kappaletta
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue (1994) 97 kappaletta
Perfecting Fiona (1989) 92 kappaletta
Rake's Progress (1987) 91 kappaletta
Animating Maria (1990) 90 kappaletta
Rainbird's Revenge (1988) 88 kappaletta
Back in Society (1994) 85 kappaletta
The Intrigue (1995) 82 kappaletta
Finessing Clarissa (1989) 79 kappaletta
The Ghost and Lady Alice (1982) 77 kappaletta
The Adventuress (1987) 77 kappaletta
Enlightening Delilah (1989) 76 kappaletta
Devil's Delight (2022) 75 kappaletta
Marrying Harriet (1990) 75 kappaletta
Lady Margery's Intrigues (1980) 73 kappaletta
The Original Miss Honeyford (1985) 72 kappaletta
The Homecoming (1997) 70 kappaletta
The Dreadful Debutante (1994) 69 kappaletta
The Folly (1996) 66 kappaletta
My Dear Duchess (1979) 62 kappaletta
The Romance (1997) 61 kappaletta
The Deception (1996) 60 kappaletta
The Paper Princess (1987) 59 kappaletta
The Savage Marquess (1988) 58 kappaletta
Death of a Traitor (2023) 57 kappaletta
The Chocolate Debutante (1995) 55 kappaletta
The Scandalous Lady Wright (1990) 51 kappaletta
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016) 50 kappaletta
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The Marquis Takes a Bride (1980) 47 kappaletta
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The Sins of Lady Dacey (1994) 46 kappaletta
The Perfect Gentleman (1988) 46 kappaletta
The Education of Miss Patterson (1985) 43 kappaletta
The Constant Companion (1980) 43 kappaletta
The Desirable Duchess (1993) 43 kappaletta
The Scandalous Marriage (1991) 42 kappaletta
His Lordship's Pleasure (1991) 42 kappaletta
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To Dream of Love (1986) 40 kappaletta
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Dead on Target (2023) 37 kappaletta
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Quadrille (1981) 36 kappaletta
Those Endearing Young Charms (1986) 35 kappaletta
The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010) 35 kappaletta
Lessons in Love (1987) 35 kappaletta
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The Glitter and the Gold (1993) 34 kappaletta
Lady Lucy's Lover (1983) 34 kappaletta
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Susie (1981) 23 kappaletta
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Molly (1980) 21 kappaletta
Sally (1982) 20 kappaletta
Poppy (1982) 20 kappaletta
Agatha Raisin Omnibus (2011) 19 kappaletta
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Lucy (1980) 18 kappaletta
Love and Lady Lovelace (1982) 16 kappaletta
Maggie (1984) 16 kappaletta
Dancing on the Wind (1988) 15 kappaletta
Amaryllis (2014) 10 kappaletta
The Summer of Discontent (2015) 7 kappaletta
The Love Match / Quadrille (1998) 7 kappaletta
The Waverley Women, Books 1-3 (2014) 7 kappaletta
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Very Merry Mysteries (3-in-1) (1999) — Avustaja — 24 kappaletta
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 [Videorecording] (1995) — Original Books — 21 kappaletta
Agatha Raisin, Series 1 (2014) — Original Books — 16 kappaletta
Agatha Raisin, Series 2 (2019) 10 kappaletta
Agatha Raisin, Series 3 (2020) — Original Books — 5 kappaletta
Agatha Raisin, Series 1-3 — Original Books — 1 kappale
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 & 2 [Videorecording] — Original Books — 1 kappale

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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.



This really is cosy crime, with nothing more threatening than a lost cat and some nicked christmas lights and a tree. The hero, PC MacBeth, has more to worry about from his unreasonable and nasty boss than any criminals, apart from one near mishap when apparently his spectral dog comes to the rescue. Having dropped into this, not realising it was so late in the series and just a novella, I found it rather light though it was easy enough to pick up on the situation - the PC unlucky in love and stuck on duty over Christmas in a community where the Calvinist spirit lingers and it is considered unseemly to celebrate in what is viewed a pagan manner. He manages to do some good on that front, helping both a little girl and a frightened and isolated old lady.

It was a light pre-Christmas read and at least didn't have the ghastly Agatha Raisin of the author's other series who screams instead of speaking. So an OK 2-star read for me.
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kitsune_reader | 27 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
Number 6 in the Agatha Raisin series. In this, it seems that Agatha's husband turned up in the previous book in time to prevent her marriage to James - after reading book 2, I can't imagine why he agreed to marry her - and although he was subsequently murdered, James has gone to North Cyprus where the couple were due to honeymoon. Needy Agatha follows him and traipses round until she finds him. The place he was booked into by a long term friend turns out to be a complete dive, so he takes a villa and reluctantly invites her to stay.

Before this, she had been staying at a hotel along with other British tourists and ended up going on a boat trip with two couples, each of whom have a wealthy older man tagging along with them. One couple is posh, the other are stereotypical Essex types. We are told that the Essex woman, Rose, occasionally betrays the fact that she is well read, though we don't see this in conversation and in fact, that is the style with these books, to tell things as info dumps rather than showing them. In fact this book has loads of info dumps about the various historical sites the characters end up going round, in some cases Agatha's 'dialogue' being her reading things out from guidebooks.

James and Agatha end up going along with these people to a disco where Rose is stabbed using a long thin blade of some kind. Subsequently, the two couples and their men friends, plus Agatha and James, are repeatedly grilled by the police. Agatha starts poking her nose in and antagonising some of the British and the local police chief, especially as she has a tendency to blurt out embarrassing questions. James is cold and appears annoyed with her a lot, not helped when she runs into Charles, a baronet who apparently was introduced in a book a couple before this one, where Agatha solved a murder among walkers using his land.

On the rebound from one of many fallings out with James, she is put up by Charles in the spare bed in his hotel room, but they have both been drinking and when he climbs into bed with her, she doesn't repulse him. She subsequently feels guilty and lies to James about what happened, but the police eventually tell him she slept with Charles, at which point James leaves for the Turkish mainland in pursuit of the old friend who had rented him the awful accommodation and who he now suspects of drug running. This is despite the fact that attempts are being made on her life, and should convince her that he cares absolutely nothing for her.

After that she tours various places with Charles, trying half heartedly to solve the murder, mainly because the police have refused permission for them to leave (which James defied) until the culprit is apprehended.

There is a lot of mooning about James and a lot of the character being tearful etc about him and obsessing and hoping he will come back, despite his cold and rejecting behaviour. At one point, Charles says he felt like this about a girl once, and it was called a teenage crush. This seems exactly what it is but in a 50 something woman is grotesque. The story is really mostly about this obsession with the odd bit of detecting if you can call it that shoehorned in, plus driving around and having dinner in restaurants. The most interesting thing was the description of a couple of historical sites visited, and a little bit of the atmosphere of North Cyprus.

The book does show something of the character and emotions and reads less like a synopsis than one I read late in the series (number 22) so it scrapes a 2 star rating.

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kitsune_reader | 28 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
A quick read and with some mildly amusing moments. Agatha is what I think these days is referred to as a cougar, a 50s woman in pursuit of men, or at least one man in particular, her neighbour James. The story opens with her returning from a miserable holiday where she anticipated meeting up with him but didn't because he promptly changed his destination when he heard she was going there too. Agatha subsequently tries to play it cool and make him think he imagined her obsessive interest, though she occasionally forgets.

As part of this tactic, she nearly gets involved with the newly arrived vet but chickens out about staying there for the night and is subsequently relieved when, after he dies in a seeming accident, it comes out that he was a conman preying on a lot of local women. She sets out to prove he was murdered, not so much because she wants justice to prevail, but mostly because James is keen to solve the mystery and it gives her an excuse to spend time with him, so contrary to back cover blurb, she is nothing at all like Miss Marple.

The story is set in a village and there is some sense of the community and nosiness associated with such, but there is no evocation of the Cotswolds where it supposedly is set. The constant head hopping and omniscient author style is also old fashioned in contrast with the close third person narrative of most books these days, possibly as it was written in the 1990s.
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kitsune_reader | 43 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
In this number 17 of the series, Agatha is taken on a surprise holiday by ex-husband James, suspending her critical judgement after their apparently awful marriage, as she is still obsessed with her romantic idea of him. The biggest surprise to me, having read book 2 previously where she was desperately pursuing him and he was running away except when she played it cool and helped him solve a murder, is that they were actually married at some point between the two books.

The seaside town where James takes her is a big disappointment even to him because it has declined severely in the intervening 40 years. The formerly grand hotel is rundown and with worsening sea erosion, in danger of being swept away, a peril that worsens as time goes on. On their first night, over a dreadful dinner, Agatha gets into a slanging match with a thoroughly unpleasant guest who is murdered that night with Agatha's mislaid scarf, and she has to prove her innocence. Soon Agatha is embroiled in a convoluted web as the dead woman turns out to have been a gold digger who married men for money and was involved with criminals. A number of her family and friends are in the frame for her murder and bodies begin to pile up, with Agatha's own life being endangered more than once. And the local police are inept and resentful of her involvement and that of her staff. To make matters worse, James clears off abroad although he later returns, and Agatha is riven with jealousy over his apparent involvement with an attractive divorced woman who has recently arrived in their village.

As I have observed before, these books have a cartoon like quality. You couldn't be involved in this much whistlestop action, with money launderers, hitmen, armed robbers and more, in anything resembling ordinary fiction. Plus Agatha is woefully inept in her chosen career, discussing details of the case in public places and putting others' lives in danger in the process.

The book is a little better than number 22 which I also finished today, as there is quite a well developed sense of place, with the dingy seaside location, crumbling seawall and lashing spray against the hotel and houses. It has the strongest sense of place I've seen so far in this series, and in fact the place is a stronger character than any of the people who are cardboard characters apart from Agatha who is merely irritating and unlikeable.
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kitsune_reader | 14 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |



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