Imatge de l'autor

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019)

Autor/a de Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

231+ obres 52,258 Membres 1,731 Ressenyes 76 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
Nota de desambiguació:

(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.

Crèdit de la imatge: M.C. Beaton by David Shankbone. 25 September 2006. New York City.


Obres de M. C. Beaton

Death of a Gossip (1985) 1,200 exemplars
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (1993) 1,116 exemplars
Death of a Cad (1987) 926 exemplars
Death of an Outsider (1988) 858 exemplars
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989) 846 exemplars
Death of a Hussy (1990) 798 exemplars
Death of a Snob (1991) 788 exemplars
Death of a Prankster (1992) 744 exemplars
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (1999) — Autor — 727 exemplars
A Highland Christmas (1999) 724 exemplars
Death of a Dentist (1997) 716 exemplars
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007) 716 exemplars
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998) 714 exemplars
Death of a Dreamer (2006) 707 exemplars
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008) 707 exemplars
Love, Lies and Liquor (2006) 704 exemplars
The Deadly Dance (2004) 694 exemplars
Death of a Charming Man (1994) 687 exemplars
Death of a Maid (2007) 678 exemplars
Death of a Village (2003) 667 exemplars
Death of a Glutton (1993) 659 exemplars
Death of a Dustman (2001) 658 exemplars
Death of a Celebrity (2002) 657 exemplars
Death of an Addict (1999) 651 exemplars
The Perfect Paragon (2005) 649 exemplars
Death of a Valentine (2010) 636 exemplars
Death of a Macho Man (1996) 635 exemplars
Death of a Poison Pen (2004) 631 exemplars
Death of a Witch (2009) 625 exemplars
Death of a Travelling Man (1993) 616 exemplars
Death of a Bore (2005) 615 exemplars
A Spoonful of Poison (2008) 600 exemplars
Death of a Chimney Sweep (2011) 595 exemplars
Death of a Nag (1995) 587 exemplars
Snobbery with Violence (2003) 582 exemplars
There Goes the Bride (2009) 555 exemplars
Agatha Raisin Mystery: Busy Body (2010) 549 exemplars
As the Pig Turns (2011) 507 exemplars
Hiss and Hers (2012) 440 exemplars
Death of a Kingfisher (2012) 440 exemplars
Death of Yesterday (2013) 429 exemplars
The Skeleton in the Closet (2001) 414 exemplars
Hasty Death (2004) 390 exemplars
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013) 381 exemplars
The Blood of an Englishman (2014) 381 exemplars
Death of a Policeman (2014) 379 exemplars
Dishing the Dirt (2015) 340 exemplars
Death of a Liar (2015) 337 exemplars
Sick of Shadows (2005) 329 exemplars
Death of a Nurse (2016) 326 exemplars
Death of a Ghost (2017) 324 exemplars
Pushing Up Daisies (2016) 321 exemplars
Our Lady of Pain (2006) 310 exemplars
The Witches' Tree (2017) 305 exemplars
Lady Fortescue Steps Out (1992) 275 exemplars
The Dead Ringer (2018) 260 exemplars
Death of an Honest Man (2018) 247 exemplars
Beating About the Bush (2019) 246 exemplars
Minerva (1983) 204 exemplars
Emily Goes to Exeter (1990) 202 exemplars
Hot to Trot (2020) 181 exemplars
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (1993) 176 exemplars
Agatha's First Case (2015) 165 exemplars
Belinda Goes to Bath (1991) 163 exemplars
Down the Hatch (2021) 163 exemplars
Refining Felicity (1988) 153 exemplars
The Taming of Annabelle (1983) 133 exemplars
The Miser of Mayfair (1986) 132 exemplars
Diana the Huntress (1985) 132 exemplars
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (1991) 132 exemplars
The Banishment (1995) 131 exemplars
Christmas Crumble (2012) 130 exemplars
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (2022) 130 exemplars
Deirdre and Desire (1984) 127 exemplars
Frederica in Fashion (1985) 125 exemplars
Deborah Goes to Dover (1992) — Another of author's pseudonyms — 125 exemplars
Yvonne Goes to York (1992) 123 exemplars
Beatrice Goes to Brighton (1991) 116 exemplars
Daphne (1984) 116 exemplars
Plain Jane (1986) 113 exemplars
Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace (1993) 106 exemplars
Sir Philip's Folly (1993) 105 exemplars
The Wicked Godmother (1987) 104 exemplars
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue (1994) 103 exemplars
Devil's Delight (2022) 94 exemplars
Rake's Progress (1987) 93 exemplars
Perfecting Fiona (1989) 93 exemplars
Animating Maria (1990) 92 exemplars
Rainbird's Revenge (1988) 90 exemplars
Back in Society (1994) 87 exemplars
The Intrigue (1995) 83 exemplars
The Adventuress (1987) 82 exemplars
Finessing Clarissa (1989) 81 exemplars
Enlightening Delilah (1989) 78 exemplars
The Ghost and Lady Alice (1982) 77 exemplars
Marrying Harriet (1990) 77 exemplars
Lady Margery's Intrigues (1980) 73 exemplars
The Original Miss Honeyford (1985) 73 exemplars
The Dreadful Debutante (1994) 71 exemplars
The Homecoming (1997) 71 exemplars
Dead on Target (2023) 68 exemplars
The Folly (1996) 67 exemplars
Death of a Traitor (2023) 66 exemplars
My Dear Duchess (1979) 64 exemplars
The Romance (1997) 62 exemplars
The Deception (1996) 61 exemplars
The Savage Marquess (1988) 59 exemplars
The Paper Princess (1987) 59 exemplars
The Chocolate Debutante (1995) 55 exemplars
The Scandalous Lady Wright (1990) 53 exemplars
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016) 52 exemplars
The Marquis Takes a Bride (1980) 49 exemplars
Sweet Masquerade (1984) 48 exemplars
Regency Gold (1980) 47 exemplars
The Sins of Lady Dacey (1994) 47 exemplars
Miss Davenport's Christmas (1993) 46 exemplars
The Perfect Gentleman (1988) 46 exemplars
The Desirable Duchess (1993) 44 exemplars
The Education of Miss Patterson (1985) 44 exemplars
Henrietta (1979) 44 exemplars
The Constant Companion (1980) 44 exemplars
Death of a Spy (2024) 43 exemplars
The Scandalous Marriage (1991) 43 exemplars
Penelope (1982) 43 exemplars
To Dream of Love (1986) 42 exemplars
His Lordship's Pleasure (1991) 42 exemplars
The Viscount's Revenge (1983) 40 exemplars
The Flirt (1985) 40 exemplars
Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells (2013) 40 exemplars
Her Grace's Passion (1991) 40 exemplars
Silken Bonds (1989) 40 exemplars
The First Rebellion (1989) 39 exemplars
The Highland Countess (1981) 38 exemplars
Quadrille (1981) 37 exemplars
The Love Match (1989) 37 exemplars
A Marriage of Inconvenience (1992) 36 exemplars
The Westerby Inheritance (1982) 36 exemplars
Those Endearing Young Charms (1986) 35 exemplars
The Loves of Lord Granton (1996) 35 exemplars
Lady Anne's Deception (1985) 35 exemplars
Kitty (1979) 35 exemplars
Lessons in Love (1987) 35 exemplars
Lady Lucy's Lover (1983) 34 exemplars
Milady in Love (1987) 34 exemplars
The Glitter and the Gold (1993) 34 exemplars
The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010) 34 exemplars
Annabelle (1980) 34 exemplars
Pretty Polly (1988) 34 exemplars
Miss Fiona's Fancy (1987) 33 exemplars
Polly (1980) 30 exemplars
The Poor Relation (1984) 30 exemplars
Tilly (1981) 27 exemplars
Ginny (1980) 27 exemplars
Duke's Diamonds (1982) 27 exemplars
A Governess of Distinction (1992) 26 exemplars
The French Affair (1984) 26 exemplars
Death of a Laird (2022) 26 exemplars
My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie (1981) 26 exemplars
Daisy (1979) 25 exemplars
Susie (1981) 24 exemplars
Summertime Splendor (4-in-1) (1992) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
Sally (1982) 22 exemplars
Molly (1980) 21 exemplars
Poppy (1982) 21 exemplars
Lucy (1980) 20 exemplars
The Westerby Sisters (1983) 19 exemplars
Agatha Raisin Omnibus (2011) 19 exemplars
Love and Lady Lovelace (1982) 16 exemplars
Maggie (1984) 16 exemplars
Dancing on the Wind (1988) 15 exemplars
Amaryllis (2014) 11 exemplars
The Waverley Women, Books 1-3 (2014) 8 exemplars
The Love Match / Quadrille (1998) 7 exemplars
The Summer of Discontent (2015) 7 exemplars
Agatha Raisin, Series 4 (2022) — Creator — 6 exemplars
The Ladies In Love Series (2020) 5 exemplars
M. C. Beaton 3 exemplars
Agatha Raisin: Killing Time (2024) 2 exemplars

Obres associades

The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years (2001) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
Very Merry Mysteries (3-in-1) (1999) — Col·laborador — 26 exemplars
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 [Videorecording] (1995) — Original Books — 22 exemplars
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Agatha Raisin, Series 1 (2014) — Original Books — 16 exemplars
Agatha Raisin, Series 2 (2019) 10 exemplars
Agatha Raisin, Series 3 (2020) — Original Books — 5 exemplars
Agatha Raisin, Series 1-3 — Original Books — 2 exemplars
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 & 2 [Videorecording] — Original Books — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Chesney Gibbons, Marion
Altres noms
Fairfax, Ann (pseudonym)
Tremaine, Jennie (pseudonym)
Crampton, Helen (pseudonym)
Chesney, Marion (maiden name and pseudonym)
Ward, Charlotte (pseudonym)
Beaton, M. C. (pseudonym) (mostra-les totes 8)
Chester, Sarah (pseudonym)
Beaton, M.C.
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Lloc de defunció
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Cotswolds, England, UK
Paris, France
buyer (for bookshop)
theater critic
reporter (newspaper)
Gibbons, Harry Scott (husband)
Biografia breu
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.
Nota de desambiguació
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.



I loved seeing a young, resourceful Agatha with hints of what was to come in other books. Well done shorter-length story.
Zmosslady | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | May 13, 2024 |
This outing flows along like most of the Agatha Raisin books, although this time Agatha and her neighbour (and possibly love-interest) James Lacey team up and move temporarily to a village to solve a murder pretending to be a married couple. Romance is in the air in more ways than one, and the end of this book set up an interest question for the next book to come.
SharonMariaBidwell | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | Apr 29, 2024 |
{third of 34+3 in Agatha Raisin series; detective, murder, village life, Cotswolds, comedy, audiobook, BBC adaptation}(2010)

The Potted Gardener

I enjoyed the TV series of these books with Ashley Jensen and I loved listening to Penelope Keith in the full cast BBC dramatisation of the first two books, so I decided to continue on in the same vein. Ms Keith is back in Carsely playing Agatha Raisin and this time Agatha can't resist taking shortcuts to win the gardening competition. You'd think she would have learned her lesson after the Quiche of Death but after all, as she points out, the judge is hardly going to eat her garden.

But this is Aggie and of course there is a murder; one of the gardeners is, quite literally, potted. So she and her neighbour James Lacey, following very strict orders from Detective Sergeant Bill Wong not to interfere, go ahead and investigate on their own.

Given that the whole audiobook (I think this and The Walkers of Dembley together) is around 2 hours long, I suspect that this dramatisation is an abridged version of the book and some details (like Chivers's - the marmalade cat - name; actually she seems to have two cats in the e-book) have been changed. I guessed who the murderer might be before they were revealed but I don't know if that would have been the case if I had read the book.

The mystery, as I heard it, wasn't the most mysterious but I love listening to Penelope Keith in this role and James is a good foil for Aggie. Her former employee, Roy, is back too. There are some hilarious moments and I'm looking forward to continuing on with The Walkers of Dembley.

(March 2024)
4-4.5 stars (****)

Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley

{fourth of 34+3 in Agatha Raisin series; detective, murder, mystery, crime, village life, Cotswolds, English countryside, comedy, audiobook, BBC adaptation}(2010)

Another instalment, listening to the lovely voice of Penelope Keith as Agatha. Having skimmed through the e-book of The Potted Gardener (looking for a quote after listening to the audiobook) I've concluded that these dramatisations are probably closer to the television adaptations than to the books themselves - not that I'm complaining.

This time Agatha - with James in tow - is asked to investigate by Sir Charles - for a fee, no less! - and clear his name after a rambler using the right of way over his fields is killed after a run-in with his estate manager. The rambler belonged to a group from a close by village called 'The Walkers of Dembley' so Agatha and James go under cover in a flat (supplied by Sir Charles) as a married couple (there are two beds) in the village and start asking questions.

I thought the mystery was solved rather quickly but I'm having such fun listening to Agatha and James!

(April 2024)
4 stars (****)

Averaging: 4 stars (I love listening to this audio adaptation)
… (més)
humouress | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 17, 2024 |
Come for the mystery, stay for the dark comedy.
wandaly | Hi ha 29 ressenyes més | Apr 16, 2024 |



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