M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton also wrote as: Marion Chesney, Jennie Tremaine and Ann Fairfax.

M.C. Beaton was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 10th, 1936 and passed away at the age of 83 on December 30th, 2019.

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M.C. Beaton Stats: The highest rated book by M.C. Beaton on Book Notification is Death of a Maid, the 23rd novel in the Hamish Macbeth series. The second-highest rated book is Death of a Dustman (Hamish Macbeth #17).

The most read book by M.C. Beaton on Book Notification is The Quiche of Death, the first novel in the Agatha Raisin series. The second most read book is The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2).

Below is a complete list of M.C. Beaton books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by M.C. Beaton is the Hamish Macbeth Series.

List of Agatha Raisin Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.9
The Quiche of Death
1992
2
6.8
The Vicious Vet
1993
3
7.5
The Potted Gardener
1994
4
7
The Walkers of Dembley
1995
5
7.2
The Murderous Marriage
1996
6
7.4
The Terrible Tourist
1997
7
8.9
The Wellspring of Death
1998
8
8.3
The Wizard of Evesham
1999
9
7.1
The Witch of Wyckhadden
1999
10
7.6
The Fairies of Fryfam
2000
11
7.7
The Love from Hell
2001
12
8.3
The Day the Floods Came
2002
13
7.3
The Case of the Curious Curate
2003
14
7.5
The Haunted House
2003
15
8
The Deadly Dance
2004
16
7.4
The Perfect Paragon
2005
17
7.9
Love, Lies and Liquor
2006
18
7.6
Kissing Christmas Goodbye
2007
19
8.3
A Spoonful of Poison
2008
20
7.7
There Goes the Bride
2009
21
7.7
Busy Body
2010
22
8.9
As The Pig Turns
2011
23
8
Hiss and Hers
2012
24
9
Christmas Crumble
2012
25
7.3
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead
2013
26
7
Hell's Bells
2013
27
6.9
The Blood of an Englishman
2014
28
8.2
Agatha's First Case
2015
29
7.5
Dishing the Dirt
2015
30
6.5
Pushing up Daisies
2016
31
8.3
The Witches' Tree
2017
32
6.9
The Dead Ringer
2018
33
8
Beating about the Bush
2019
34
8.2
Hot to Trot (With: R.W. Green)
2020
35
7.2
Down the Hatch (With: R.W. Green)
2021
36
6.8
Devil’s Delight (With: R.W. Green)
2022
37
8
Dead on Target (With: R.W. Green)
2023

Agatha’s First Case is a prequel novella in the series.

List of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Hamish Macbeth Books in Publication Order (with R.W. Green)

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8
Death of a Gossip
1985
2
9.6
Death of a Cad
1987
3
9.6
Death of an Outsider
1988
4
9
Death of a Perfect Wife
1989
5
8.3
Death of a Hussy
1990
6
9.3
Death of a Snob
1992
7
9.2
Death of a Prankster
1992
8
8.2
Death of a Glutton / Death of a Greedy Woman
1993
9
9
Death of a Travelling Man
1993
10
8.8
Death of a Charming Man
1994
11
9.7
Death of a Nag
1995
12
9
Death of a Macho Man
1996
13
9.8
Death of a Dentist
1997
14
9
Death of a Scriptwriter
1998
15
9.3
Death of an Addict
1999
16
8
A Highland Christmas
1999
17
9.8
Death of a Dustman
2001
18
8.5
Death of a Celebrity
2002
19
9.5
Death of a Village
2003
20
8.5
Death of a Poison Pen
2004
21
9
Death of a Bore
2005
22
9.5
Death of a Dreamer
2006
23
10
Death of a Maid
2007
24
9.3
Death of a Gentle Lady
2008
25
9.5
Death of a Witch
2009
26
9.2
Death of a Valentine
2009
27
9.2
Death of a Chimney Sweep / Death of a Sweep
2011
28
9
Death of a Kingfisher
2012
29
8.9
Death of Yesterday
2013
30
9
Death of a Policeman
2014
31
9.2
Death of a Liar
2015
32
7.3
Knock, Knock, You're Dead!
2016
33
8.6
Death of a Nurse
2016
34
9
Death of a Ghost
2017
35
8.2
Death of an Honest Man
2018
36
8.8
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster / Death of a Love (With: R.W. Green)
2022
37
9.5
Death of a Laird (With: R.W. Green)
2022
38
9.7
Death of a Traitor (With: R.W. Green)
2023
39
10
Death of a Spy (With: R.W. Green)
2024

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Cozy Case Files Volume 1 (By: Cynthia Riggs, Mindy Quigley)
2017
2
2017
3
Cozy Case Files Volume 3 (With: Donna Andrews, Ellie Alexander, Mindy Quigley)
2017
4
2018
5
Cozy Case Files Volume 5 (By: Carolyn Haines, Donna Andrews, Carola Dunn, Sheila Connolly, Ellie Alexander, Susan C. Shea, Judith Flanders, Mindy Quigley, Auralee Wallace)
2018
6
2019
7
2019
8
2020
9
2020
10
2020
11
2021
12
2021
13
Cozy Case Files Volume 13 (By: Mindy Quigley)
2021
14
2022
15
Cozy Case Files Volume 15 (By: Mindy Quigley)
2022
16
Cozy Case Files Volume 16 (By: Carolyn Haines, Donna Andrews, Diane Kelly, Elizabeth Penney, Mindy Quigley, Korina Moss, M. C. Beaton)
2022
17
2023
18
2023
19
2023
20
2024
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Anthology series. If author is listed on a book then this author wrote a story within that book.

List of M.C. Beaton Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years
2001
2
Cozy Case Files Volume 1
2017
3
Cozy Case Files Volume 2
2017
4
Cozy Case Files Volume 3
2017
5
Cozy Case Files Volume 4
2018
6
Cozy Case Files Volume 5
2018
7
Cozy Case Files Volume 6
2019
8
Cozy Case Files Volume 7
2019
9
Cozy Case Files Volume 8
2020
10
Cozy Case Files Volume 9
2020
11
Cozy Case Files Volume 10
2020
12
Cozy Case Files Volume 11
2021
13
Cozy Case Files Volume 12
2021
14
Cozy Case Files Volume 13
2021
15
Cozy Case Files Volume 14
2022
16
Cozy Case Files Volume 15
2022
17
Cozy Case Files Volume 16
2022
18
Cozy Case Files Volume 17
2023
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M.C. Beaton: Biography

M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney Gibbons) was born on June 10th, 1936. M.C. passed away December 30th, 2019 at 83 years old. M.C. Beaton was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

M.C. Beaton was the author of the Hamish Macbeth series which consists of 39 novels. The Hamish Macbeth series started in 1985 with the novel Death of a Gossip. The most recently released novel in the Hamish Macbeth series was Death of a Spy which was released in 2024. There are no upcoming novels for the Hamish Macbeth series.

M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney Gibbons) also wrote the Agatha Raisin series which has 37 books including The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet.

M.C. Beaton: Awards & Accolades

M.C. Beaton was nominated for the Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2019.

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  4. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  5. Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum Series.

M.C. Beaton: F.A.Q

When was M.C. Beaton Born?

M.C. Beaton was born on June 10th, 1936.

When did M.C. Beaton die?

M.C. Beaton died on December 30th, 2019 at 83 years old.

Where was M.C. Beaton Born?

M.C. Beaton was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

What was the first book M.C. Beaton wrote?

The first novel written by M.C. Beaton was The Poor Relation, published in 1984.

What was the most recent book M.C. Beaton wrote?

Her most recently released work was Death of a Spy on February 13th, 2024.

How many books has M.C. Beaton written?

M.C. Beaton has written 82 books excluding contributions to anthologies. 37 books in the Agatha Raisin Series, 1 book in the Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books, 39 books in the Hamish Macbeth Series, 4 Standalone Novels, 1 book in the Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Series.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    It is always comforting to pick up a novel with Agatha Raisin and the village of Carsley, as it feels a lot like returning back home and visiting a very good friend. It’s rather easy to get pulled back into her world, no matter how long it’s been since reading one of her books. She also has incredible wit.

    For whatever reason, when I read about Constable Hamish Macbeth, I always picture David Tenant as the character. Beaton does a wonderful job of using the setting to its fullest extent in her work.

    All of the characters in her books are wonderful, even the cats in some of these books are always a highlight.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Am I the only one who was surprised by The Quiche of Death? This is the only M.C. Beaton novel I’ve read so far, and it isn’t quite what I expected. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining.

    But I can’t be the only long-time cozy mystery fan who expected a warm, fuzzy story about a sweet old lady solving crimes. Agatha is none of those things. She isn’t likable at all, and not just because she says everything that comes to her mind.

    Though, if I’m being honest, of all the new protagonists I’ve met in the last three months, Agatha is the only one I remember. I suppose Beaton knew what she was doing. Rather than fitting into the typical cozy mystery mold, she decided to break the rules. And in the process, she created one of the most memorable protagonists I’ve met in recent years.

    jgoodrow
    jgoodrow
    Reply to  Michael K.
    1 year ago

    Agatha Raisin is not a lovable character but that is what totally adds to the story. She is outspoken and crass. You just have to step back and watch her antics. I have read some of this series and have enjoyed it. I plan to read the entire series. M.C. Beaton also writes a series starring Hamish Macbeth. He is a bumbling ‘copper’, set in a similar village as Agatha Raisin books. He always gets his man. Give one of his books a try.

    Brenna
    Brenna
    Reply to  Michael K.
    3 months ago

    I really don’t care for the Agatha Raisin series, however, I really like the Hamish Macbeth novels. I’m still working my way through them, but they are short and easy to read. Macbeth may come off as bumbling, but he’s actually quite clever, just lazy. I’m on the fence as to whether Beaton’s novels qualify as cozies. They are “clean” yet full of death at every turn, and don’t feature a retiree amateur sleuth. They aren’t as complex as Christie by any means, but they are enjoyable nonetheless!

    azangie
    azangie
    5 months ago

    M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books are wonderful!! Full of quirky characters living in the small English village of Carsley. I would love to visit!!!

    azangie
    azangie
    3 months ago

    Hamish Macbeth is a policeman in the Scottish Highlands. The villages sound so enchanting and the people living there are a quirky bunch. Which is good because Hamish fits right in with them.

    Pam
    Pam
    2 months ago

    Sad that M.C. Beaton has left us, but glad the R.W. Green picked up both series and we still can revel in Agatha and Hamish’s worlds. Please keep them coming. Also – the video versions aren’t the same, but are based on the books and are well worth your time as well.

    @HelenLoves2Read
    @HelenLoves2Read
    12 days ago

    I have to say that I really love reading M.C. Beaton books and I love Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth they make me laugh and I have read almost of her books and will continue to do so.

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