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Author photo. M.C. Beaton by David Shankbone. 25 September 2006. New York City.

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

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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 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) — biography from Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death… (more)
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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.

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death 1,767 copies, 100 reviews
Death of a Gossip 1,163 copies, 62 reviews
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet 1,068 copies, 43 reviews
Death of a Cad 899 copies, 38 reviews
Death of an Outsider 823 copies, 28 reviews
Death of a Perfect Wife 810 copies, 18 reviews
Death of a Hussy 773 copies, 23 reviews
Death of a Snob 760 copies, 17 reviews
Death of a Prankster 713 copies, 15 reviews
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (Author) 704 copies, 21 reviews
A Highland Christmas 700 copies, 27 reviews
Death of a Dentist 697 copies, 14 reviews
Kissing Christmas Goodbye 692 copies, 26 reviews
Death of a Scriptwriter 692 copies, 8 reviews
Death of a Gentle Lady 684 copies, 22 reviews
Death of a Dreamer 684 copies, 15 reviews
Love, Lies and Liquor 681 copies, 14 reviews
The Deadly Dance 675 copies, 13 reviews
Death of a Charming Man 664 copies, 18 reviews
Death of a Maid 656 copies, 18 reviews
Death of a Village 646 copies, 17 reviews
Death of a Celebrity 638 copies, 15 reviews
Death of a Dustman 637 copies, 14 reviews
The Perfect Paragon 635 copies, 16 reviews
Death of a Glutton 632 copies, 15 reviews
Death of an Addict 630 copies, 13 reviews
Death of a Macho Man 618 copies, 9 reviews
Death of a Valentine 611 copies, 30 reviews
Death of a Poison Pen 608 copies, 12 reviews
Death of a Travelling Man 600 copies, 18 reviews
Death of a Witch 594 copies, 25 reviews
Death of a Bore 588 copies, 16 reviews
A Spoonful of Poison 583 copies, 22 reviews
Death of a Chimney Sweep 573 copies, 21 reviews
Death of a Nag 570 copies, 12 reviews
Snobbery with Violence 560 copies, 26 reviews
There Goes the Bride 536 copies, 25 reviews
Busy Body 530 copies, 20 reviews
As the Pig Turns 493 copies, 20 reviews
Death of a Kingfisher 423 copies, 27 reviews
Hiss and Hers 422 copies, 19 reviews
Death of Yesterday 415 copies, 18 reviews
The Skeleton in the Closet 405 copies, 12 reviews
Hasty Death 372 copies, 14 reviews
The Blood of an Englishman 366 copies, 12 reviews
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead 361 copies, 16 reviews
Death of a Policeman 359 copies, 15 reviews
Dishing the Dirt 325 copies, 15 reviews
Death of a Liar 324 copies, 22 reviews
Sick of Shadows 321 copies, 11 reviews
Death of a Nurse 308 copies, 14 reviews
Pushing Up Daisies 307 copies, 13 reviews
Death of a Ghost 298 copies, 19 reviews
Our Lady of Pain 297 copies, 11 reviews
The Witches' Tree 291 copies, 15 reviews
Lady Fortescue Steps Out 259 copies, 20 reviews
The Dead Ringer 245 copies, 12 reviews
Death of an Honest Man 228 copies, 16 reviews
Beating About the Bush 218 copies, 12 reviews
Minerva 198 copies, 6 reviews
Emily Goes to Exeter 189 copies, 9 reviews
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime 168 copies, 7 reviews
Hot to Trot 166 copies, 10 reviews
Belinda Goes to Bath 152 copies, 2 reviews
Refining Felicity 151 copies, 9 reviews
Agatha's First Case 150 copies, 10 reviews
Down the Hatch 141 copies, 8 reviews
The Taming of Annabelle 129 copies, 2 reviews
Diana the Huntress 129 copies, 1 review
The Banishment 128 copies, 3 reviews
The Miser of Mayfair 127 copies, 5 reviews
Deirdre and Desire 126 copies, 2 reviews
Frederica in Fashion 125 copies, 1 review
Christmas Crumble 124 copies, 3 reviews
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth 123 copies, 3 reviews
Deborah Goes to Dover 120 copies, 4 reviews
Yvonne Goes to York 118 copies, 3 reviews
Daphne 113 copies, 1 review
Beatrice Goes to Brighton 112 copies, 3 reviews
Plain Jane 108 copies, 7 reviews
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster 108 copies, 9 reviews
Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace 99 copies, 6 reviews
The Wicked Godmother 98 copies, 2 reviews
Sir Philip's Folly 97 copies, 5 reviews
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue 96 copies, 2 reviews
Perfecting Fiona 92 copies, 5 reviews
Rake's Progress 91 copies, 2 reviews
Animating Maria 90 copies, 1 review
Rainbird's Revenge 88 copies, 3 reviews
Back in Society 85 copies, 4 reviews
The Intrigue 82 copies, 2 reviews
Finessing Clarissa 79 copies, 1 review
The Adventuress 78 copies, 2 reviews
The Ghost and Lady Alice 77 copies, 1 review
Enlightening Delilah 75 copies, 2 reviews
The Homecoming 70 copies, 1 review
The Original Miss Honeyford 70 copies, 3 reviews
The Dreadful Debutante 70 copies, 1 review
Devil's Delight 68 copies, 6 reviews
The Folly 66 copies, 2 reviews
My Dear Duchess 62 copies
The Romance 61 copies
The Deception 60 copies
The Paper Princess 59 copies, 1 review
The Savage Marquess 59 copies, 1 review
The Chocolate Debutante 54 copies, 2 reviews
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! 50 copies, 4 reviews
Death of a Traitor 50 copies, 3 reviews
Regency Gold 48 copies
Sweet Masquerade 48 copies, 1 review
The Marquis Takes a Bride 47 copies, 2 reviews
The Perfect Gentleman 46 copies, 1 review
Miss Davenport's Christmas 46 copies, 1 review
The Constant Companion 43 copies, 1 review
The Flirt 41 copies, 2 reviews
Henrietta 41 copies
The Viscount's Revenge 40 copies, 1 review
Penelope 40 copies
Silken Bonds 39 copies
The Love Match 36 copies, 1 review
Quadrille 36 copies, 1 review
The Westerby Inheritance 35 copies, 1 review
Lessons in Love 35 copies
The Glitter and the Gold 34 copies, 1 review
Lady Anne's Deception 34 copies, 1 review
Kitty 34 copies
Milady in Love 34 copies
Pretty Polly 33 copies, 1 review
Annabelle 33 copies
The Poor Relation 30 copies, 1 review
Polly 28 copies
Ginny 27 copies
Tilly 27 copies
Duke's Diamonds 26 copies
Susie 23 copies, 1 review
Daisy 23 copies
Summertime Splendor (4-in-1) (Contributor) 22 copies
Death of a Laird 22 copies, 2 reviews
Molly 21 copies
Poppy 20 copies
Sally 20 copies, 1 review
Lucy 18 copies
Maggie 16 copies
Amaryllis 10 copies
Agatha Raisin, Series 4 (Creator) 6 copies
M. C. Beaton 2 copies
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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.
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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.

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