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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 visa mer 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) visa färre

(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.

Foto taget av: M.C. Beaton by David Shankbone. 25 September 2006. New York City.


Verk av M. C. Beaton

Death of a Gossip (1985) 1,170 exemplar
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (1993) 1,074 exemplar
Death of a Cad (1987) 908 exemplar
Death of an Outsider (1988) 832 exemplar
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989) 818 exemplar
Death of a Hussy (1990) 777 exemplar
Death of a Snob (1991) 767 exemplar
Death of a Prankster (1992) 720 exemplar
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (1999) — Författare — 709 exemplar
A Highland Christmas (1999) 704 exemplar
Death of a Dentist (1997) 701 exemplar
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007) 696 exemplar
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998) 694 exemplar
Death of a Dreamer (2006) 690 exemplar
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008) 687 exemplar
Love, Lies and Liquor (2006) 687 exemplar
The Deadly Dance (2004) 680 exemplar
Death of a Charming Man (1994) 667 exemplar
Death of a Maid (2007) 661 exemplar
Death of a Village (2003) 653 exemplar
Death of a Celebrity (2002) 644 exemplar
Death of a Dustman (2001) 643 exemplar
Death of a Glutton (1993) 639 exemplar
The Perfect Paragon (2005) 636 exemplar
Death of an Addict (1999) 634 exemplar
Death of a Valentine (2010) 619 exemplar
Death of a Macho Man (1996) 619 exemplar
Death of a Poison Pen (2004) 614 exemplar
Death of a Witch (2009) 601 exemplar
Death of a Travelling Man (1993) 600 exemplar
Death of a Bore (2005) 595 exemplar
A Spoonful of Poison (2008) 583 exemplar
Death of a Chimney Sweep (2011) 581 exemplar
Death of a Nag (1995) 573 exemplar
Snobbery with Violence (2003) 560 exemplar
There Goes the Bride (2009) 539 exemplar
Busy Body (2010) 534 exemplar
As the Pig Turns (2011) 497 exemplar
Death of a Kingfisher (2012) 425 exemplar
Hiss and Hers (2012) 425 exemplar
Death of Yesterday (2013) 417 exemplar
The Skeleton in the Closet (2001) 406 exemplar
Hasty Death (2004) 373 exemplar
The Blood of an Englishman (2014) 367 exemplar
Death of a Policeman (2014) 364 exemplar
Dishing the Dirt (2015) 327 exemplar
Death of a Liar (2015) 325 exemplar
Sick of Shadows (2005) 321 exemplar
Death of a Nurse (2016) 314 exemplar
Pushing Up Daisies (2016) 310 exemplar
Death of a Ghost (2017) 305 exemplar
Our Lady of Pain (2006) 297 exemplar
The Witches' Tree (2017) 293 exemplar
Lady Fortescue Steps Out (1992) 262 exemplar
The Dead Ringer (2018) 247 exemplar
Death of an Honest Man (2018) 236 exemplar
Beating About the Bush (2019) 225 exemplar
Minerva (1983) 199 exemplar
Emily Goes to Exeter (1990) 195 exemplar
Hot to Trot (2020) 171 exemplar
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (1993) 169 exemplar
Agatha's First Case (2015) 157 exemplar
Belinda Goes to Bath (1991) 154 exemplar
Refining Felicity (1988) 151 exemplar
Down the Hatch (2021) 148 exemplar
The Taming of Annabelle (1983) 129 exemplar
The Banishment (1995) 128 exemplar
Diana the Huntress (1985) 127 exemplar
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (1991) 126 exemplar
The Miser of Mayfair (1986) 126 exemplar
Christmas Crumble (2012) 125 exemplar
Deirdre and Desire (1984) 125 exemplar
Frederica in Fashion (1985) 124 exemplar
Deborah Goes to Dover (1992) — Another of author's pseudonyms — 122 exemplar
Yvonne Goes to York (1992) 119 exemplar
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (2022) 116 exemplar
Daphne (1984) 114 exemplar
Beatrice Goes to Brighton (1991) 113 exemplar
Plain Jane (1986) 108 exemplar
Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace (1993) 101 exemplar
The Wicked Godmother (1987) 99 exemplar
Sir Philip's Folly (1993) 99 exemplar
Perfecting Fiona (1989) 92 exemplar
Rake's Progress (1987) 91 exemplar
Animating Maria (1990) 90 exemplar
Rainbird's Revenge (1988) 88 exemplar
Back in Society (1994) 85 exemplar
The Intrigue (1995) 82 exemplar
Finessing Clarissa (1989) 79 exemplar
The Ghost and Lady Alice (1982) 77 exemplar
The Adventuress (1987) 77 exemplar
Enlightening Delilah (1989) 76 exemplar
Devil's Delight (2022) 75 exemplar
Marrying Harriet (1990) 75 exemplar
Lady Margery's Intrigues (1980) 73 exemplar
The Original Miss Honeyford (1985) 72 exemplar
The Homecoming (1997) 70 exemplar
The Dreadful Debutante (1994) 69 exemplar
The Folly (1996) 66 exemplar
My Dear Duchess (1979) 62 exemplar
The Romance (1997) 61 exemplar
The Deception (1996) 60 exemplar
The Paper Princess (1987) 59 exemplar
The Savage Marquess (1988) 58 exemplar
Death of a Traitor (2023) 57 exemplar
The Chocolate Debutante (1995) 55 exemplar
The Scandalous Lady Wright (1990) 51 exemplar
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016) 50 exemplar
Sweet Masquerade (1984) 48 exemplar
Regency Gold (1980) 47 exemplar
The Marquis Takes a Bride (1980) 47 exemplar
Miss Davenport's Christmas (1993) 46 exemplar
The Sins of Lady Dacey (1994) 46 exemplar
The Perfect Gentleman (1988) 46 exemplar
The Constant Companion (1980) 43 exemplar
The Desirable Duchess (1993) 43 exemplar
The Scandalous Marriage (1991) 42 exemplar
His Lordship's Pleasure (1991) 42 exemplar
Henrietta (1979) 41 exemplar
The Flirt (1985) 40 exemplar
To Dream of Love (1986) 40 exemplar
Her Grace's Passion (1991) 40 exemplar
Penelope (1982) 40 exemplar
Silken Bonds (1989) 40 exemplar
The Viscount's Revenge (1983) 40 exemplar
Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells (2013) 39 exemplar
The First Rebellion (1989) 38 exemplar
The Highland Countess (1981) 38 exemplar
Dead on Target (2023) 37 exemplar
The Love Match (1989) 36 exemplar
Quadrille (1981) 36 exemplar
Those Endearing Young Charms (1986) 35 exemplar
The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010) 35 exemplar
Lessons in Love (1987) 35 exemplar
The Loves of Lord Granton (1996) 35 exemplar
The Westerby Inheritance (1982) 35 exemplar
Milady in Love (1987) 34 exemplar
The Glitter and the Gold (1993) 34 exemplar
Lady Lucy's Lover (1983) 34 exemplar
Lady Anne's Deception (1985) 34 exemplar
A Marriage of Inconvenience (1992) 34 exemplar
Kitty (1979) 34 exemplar
Pretty Polly (1988) 33 exemplar
Miss Fiona's Fancy (1987) 33 exemplar
Annabelle (1980) 33 exemplar
The Poor Relation (1984) 30 exemplar
Polly (1980) 28 exemplar
Ginny (1980) 27 exemplar
Tilly (1981) 27 exemplar
Duke's Diamonds (1982) 26 exemplar
The French Affair (1984) 26 exemplar
A Governess of Distinction (1992) 25 exemplar
My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie (1981) 25 exemplar
Daisy (1979) 23 exemplar
Death of a Laird (2022) 23 exemplar
Susie (1981) 23 exemplar
Summertime Splendor (4-in-1) (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Molly (1980) 21 exemplar
Sally (1982) 20 exemplar
Poppy (1982) 20 exemplar
Agatha Raisin Omnibus (2011) 19 exemplar
The Westerby Sisters (1983) 18 exemplar
Lucy (1980) 18 exemplar
Love and Lady Lovelace (1982) 16 exemplar
Maggie (1984) 16 exemplar
Dancing on the Wind (1988) 15 exemplar
Amaryllis (2014) 10 exemplar
The Summer of Discontent (2015) 7 exemplar
The Love Match / Quadrille (1998) 7 exemplar
Agatha Raisin, Series 4 (2022) — Creator — 6 exemplar
The Ladies In Love Series (2020) 5 exemplar
M. C. Beaton 2 exemplar
Death of a Spy (2024) 2 exemplar

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Very Merry Mysteries (3-in-1) (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 [Videorecording] (1995) — Original Books — 21 exemplar
Agatha Raisin, Series 1 (2014) — Original Books — 16 exemplar
Agatha Raisin, Series 2 (2019) 10 exemplar
Agatha Raisin, Series 3 (2020) — Original Books — 5 exemplar
Agatha Raisin, Series 1-3 — Original Books — 1 exemplar
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 & 2 [Videorecording] — Original Books — 1 exemplar
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death [2014 TV Episode] (2015) — Författare — 1 exemplar


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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Chesney Gibbons, Marion
Andra namn
Fairfax, Ann (pseudonym)
Tremaine, Jennie (pseudonym)
Crampton, Helen (pseudonym)
Chesney, Marion (maiden name and pseudonym)
Ward, Charlotte (pseudonym)
Beaton, M. C. (pseudonym) (visa alla 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)
Kort biografi
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 andra recensioner | 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 andra recensioner | 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 andra recensioner | 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 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |



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