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M. C. Beaton (1936–2019)

Autor(a) de Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

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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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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.


Obras por M. C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1992) 1,781 exemplares
Death of a Gossip (1985) 1,190 exemplares
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (1993) 1,094 exemplares
Death of a Cad (1987) 917 exemplares
Death of an Outsider (1988) 845 exemplares
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989) 831 exemplares
Death of a Hussy (1990) 783 exemplares
Death of a Snob (1991) 777 exemplares
Death of a Prankster (1992) 731 exemplares
A Highland Christmas (1999) 721 exemplares
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (1999) — Autor — 717 exemplares
Death of a Dentist (1997) 705 exemplares
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007) 704 exemplares
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998) 701 exemplares
Death of a Dreamer (2006) 696 exemplares
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008) 695 exemplares
Love, Lies and Liquor (2006) 690 exemplares
The Deadly Dance (2004) 685 exemplares
Death of a Charming Man (1994) 673 exemplares
Death of a Maid (2007) 668 exemplares
Death of a Village (2003) 659 exemplares
Death of a Celebrity (2002) 652 exemplares
Death of a Glutton (1993) 647 exemplares
Death of a Dustman (2001) 646 exemplares
Death of an Addict (1999) 643 exemplares
The Perfect Paragon (2005) 639 exemplares
Death of a Valentine (2010) 628 exemplares
Death of a Macho Man (1996) 628 exemplares
Death of a Poison Pen (2004) 624 exemplares
Death of a Witch (2009) 612 exemplares
Death of a Travelling Man (1993) 607 exemplares
Death of a Bore (2005) 605 exemplares
A Spoonful of Poison (2008) 587 exemplares
Death of a Chimney Sweep (2011) 587 exemplares
Death of a Nag (1995) 577 exemplares
Snobbery with Violence (2003) 572 exemplares
There Goes the Bride (2009) 543 exemplares
Busy Body (2010) 538 exemplares
As the Pig Turns (2011) 499 exemplares
Death of a Kingfisher (2012) 433 exemplares
Hiss and Hers (2012) 429 exemplares
Death of Yesterday (2013) 423 exemplares
The Skeleton in the Closet (2001) 409 exemplares
Hasty Death (2004) 377 exemplares
Death of a Policeman (2014) 373 exemplares
The Blood of an Englishman (2014) 371 exemplares
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013) 369 exemplares
Death of a Liar (2015) 332 exemplares
Dishing the Dirt (2015) 331 exemplares
Sick of Shadows (2005) 327 exemplares
Death of a Nurse (2016) 323 exemplares
Pushing Up Daisies (2016) 315 exemplares
Death of a Ghost (2017) 315 exemplares
Our Lady of Pain (2006) 302 exemplares
The Witches' Tree (2017) 299 exemplares
Lady Fortescue Steps Out (1992) 269 exemplares
The Dead Ringer (2018) 254 exemplares
Death of an Honest Man (2018) 244 exemplares
Beating About the Bush (2019) 235 exemplares
Minerva (1983) 201 exemplares
Emily Goes to Exeter (1990) 198 exemplares
Hot to Trot (2020) 178 exemplares
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (1993) 173 exemplares
Introducing Agatha Raisin (2-in-1) (1992) 172 exemplares
Agatha's First Case (2015) 160 exemplares
Belinda Goes to Bath (1991) 159 exemplares
Down the Hatch (2021) 157 exemplares
Refining Felicity (1988) 152 exemplares
The Taming of Annabelle (1983) 133 exemplares
The Banishment (1995) 131 exemplares
The Miser of Mayfair (1986) 131 exemplares
Diana the Huntress (1985) 131 exemplares
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (1991) 128 exemplares
Christmas Crumble (2012) 127 exemplares
Deirdre and Desire (1984) 126 exemplares
Frederica in Fashion (1985) 125 exemplares
Deborah Goes to Dover (1992) — Another of author's pseudonyms — 122 exemplares
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (2022) 121 exemplares
Yvonne Goes to York (1992) 121 exemplares
Beatrice Goes to Brighton (1991) 116 exemplares
Daphne (1984) 116 exemplares
Plain Jane (1986) 113 exemplares
Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace (1993) 104 exemplares
The Wicked Godmother (1987) 103 exemplares
Sir Philip's Folly (1993) 103 exemplares
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue (1994) 101 exemplares
Rake's Progress (1987) 94 exemplares
Perfecting Fiona (1989) 92 exemplares
Animating Maria (1990) 91 exemplares
Rainbird's Revenge (1988) 89 exemplares
Back in Society (1994) 87 exemplares
Devil's Delight (2022) 86 exemplares
The Intrigue (1995) 83 exemplares
The Adventuress (1987) 81 exemplares
Finessing Clarissa (1989) 80 exemplares
The Ghost and Lady Alice (1982) 77 exemplares
Enlightening Delilah (1989) 77 exemplares
Marrying Harriet (1990) 76 exemplares
Lady Margery's Intrigues (1980) 73 exemplares
The Original Miss Honeyford (1985) 73 exemplares
The Dreadful Debutante (1994) 71 exemplares
The Homecoming (1997) 71 exemplares
The Folly (1996) 67 exemplares
Death of a Traitor (2023) 63 exemplares
My Dear Duchess (1979) 62 exemplares
The Romance (1997) 62 exemplares
The Deception (1996) 61 exemplares
The Paper Princess (1987) 59 exemplares
The Savage Marquess (1988) 58 exemplares
The Chocolate Debutante (1995) 55 exemplares
The Scandalous Lady Wright (1990) 53 exemplares
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016) 51 exemplares
Dead on Target (2023) 50 exemplares
Sweet Masquerade (1984) 48 exemplares
The Sins of Lady Dacey (1994) 47 exemplares
Regency Gold (1980) 47 exemplares
The Marquis Takes a Bride (1980) 47 exemplares
The Perfect Gentleman (1988) 46 exemplares
Miss Davenport's Christmas (1993) 46 exemplares
The Constant Companion (1980) 44 exemplares
The Education of Miss Patterson (1985) 44 exemplares
The Scandalous Marriage (1991) 43 exemplares
Henrietta (1979) 43 exemplares
The Desirable Duchess (1993) 43 exemplares
His Lordship's Pleasure (1991) 42 exemplares
Penelope (1982) 41 exemplares
To Dream of Love (1986) 41 exemplares
The Flirt (1985) 40 exemplares
The Viscount's Revenge (1983) 40 exemplares
Her Grace's Passion (1991) 40 exemplares
Silken Bonds (1989) 40 exemplares
The First Rebellion (1989) 39 exemplares
Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells (2013) 39 exemplares
The Highland Countess (1981) 38 exemplares
The Love Match (1989) 36 exemplares
Quadrille (1981) 36 exemplares
The Westerby Inheritance (1982) 35 exemplares
Those Endearing Young Charms (1986) 35 exemplares
The Loves of Lord Granton (1996) 35 exemplares
Lessons in Love (1987) 35 exemplares
The Glitter and the Gold (1993) 34 exemplares
Milady in Love (1987) 34 exemplares
Pretty Polly (1988) 34 exemplares
The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010) 34 exemplares
Lady Lucy's Lover (1983) 34 exemplares
Annabelle (1980) 34 exemplares
Lady Anne's Deception (1985) 34 exemplares
Kitty (1979) 34 exemplares
A Marriage of Inconvenience (1992) 34 exemplares
Miss Fiona's Fancy (1987) 33 exemplares
The Poor Relation (1984) 30 exemplares
Polly (1980) 29 exemplares
Ginny (1980) 27 exemplares
Tilly (1981) 27 exemplares
Duke's Diamonds (1982) 27 exemplares
The French Affair (1984) 26 exemplares
Death of a Laird (2022) 25 exemplares
My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie (1981) 25 exemplares
A Governess of Distinction (1992) 25 exemplares
Daisy (1979) 24 exemplares
Susie (1981) 23 exemplares
Summertime Splendor (4-in-1) (1992) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Sally (1982) 21 exemplares
Molly (1980) 21 exemplares
Poppy (1982) 20 exemplares
Agatha Raisin Omnibus (2011) 19 exemplares
Lucy (1980) 19 exemplares
The Westerby Sisters (1983) 18 exemplares
Love and Lady Lovelace (1982) 16 exemplares
Maggie (1984) 16 exemplares
Death of a Spy (2024) 16 exemplares
Dancing on the Wind (1988) 15 exemplares
Amaryllis (2014) 10 exemplares
The Waverley Women, Books 1-3 (2014) 7 exemplares
The Summer of Discontent (2015) 7 exemplares
The Love Match / Quadrille (1998) 7 exemplares
The Ladies In Love Series (2020) 5 exemplares
Agatha Raisin, Series 4 (2022) — Creator — 5 exemplares
M. C. Beaton 2 exemplares
Snobizm i nieco przemocy (2022) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years (2001) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Very Merry Mysteries (3-in-1) (1999) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 [Videorecording] (1995) — Original Books — 22 exemplares
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Agatha Raisin, Series 1 (2014) — Original Books — 16 exemplares
Agatha Raisin, Series 2 (2019) 10 exemplares
Agatha Raisin, Series 3 (2020) — Original Books — 5 exemplares
Agatha Raisin, Series 1-3 — Original Books — 1 exemplar
Hamish Macbeth - Series 1 & 2 [Videorecording] — Original Books — 1 exemplar


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Chesney Gibbons, Marion
Outros nomes
Fairfax, Ann (pseudonym)
Tremaine, Jennie (pseudonym)
Crampton, Helen (pseudonym)
Chesney, Marion (maiden name and pseudonym)
Ward, Charlotte (pseudonym)
Beaton, M. C. (pseudonym) (mostrar todos 7)
Chester, Sarah (pseudonym)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Local de falecimento
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Cotswolds, England, UK
Paris, France
buyer (for bookshop)
theater critic
reporter (newspaper)
Gibbons, Harry Scott (husband)

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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.
Nota de desambiguação
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.



Borrowed this on Maddie's recommendation, but couldn't get into it. The title detective barely shows his face in the first third, and neither does the murder. (It becomes obvious who's gonna die eventually, although "gossip" is a light word for it. I also don't love that she's fat and ugly and mean to everyone who crosses her path for no gain, and these are all given similar narrative weight.)

Maddie says MC Beaton is great at unlikeable narrators, which seems likely but is not my favorite thing. Gonna try one of the later books in this series, though.… (mais)
caedocyon | 62 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Liked it kept u thinking till the end. Quick read
saracsmith | 26 outras críticas | Feb 13, 2024 |
{first two of 34+3 in Agatha Raisin series; detective, murder, village life, Cotswolds, comedy, audiobook, BBC adaptation}

I've enjoyed watching Ashley Jensen portraying the titular Agatha Raisin in the TV adaptation of M.C. Beaton's series and I came across them (probably in my Recommendations) and thought I'd give the books a go. Since there was an audiobook of the first two available at one of my libraries I decided to give listening while I work (or, more accurately, potter) another try. These books are narrated by a full cast (including brass band sound effects) with Penelope Keith as Agatha. I loved hearing her voice with those '[To the Manor Born]' tones which suited the character in a different way from Jensen's take.

ETA: I suspect, from reading a few other reviews, that I listened to an abbreviated/ adapted version; some of the incidents didn't happen in the book I borrowed (who's Doris?) and the cat's name was different. But I didn't find Agatha as abrasive or unlikeable as some people seem to have found her; in this edition she resembled Jensen's version quite a bit. I did wonder how I whizzed through two audiobooks so quickly. Maybe I'll rethink my complete conversion to this media ...

The Quiche of Death

Agatha Raisin, having started a PR firm in London, made it successful and sold it for a fortune (or at least for more than the cost of a cottage in the Cotswolds) has now moved to said cottage and wants to integrate into Carsely village life. To this end she enters a local baking competition - and orders Roy, her former employee, to buy a quiche from the best quiche shop in London. Despite her nefarious plan, she doesn't win - but the judge does take it home to have for dinner. When he's later found dead from cowbane poisoning from the quiche, Agatha falls under suspicion.

So of course she's not going to take that sitting down and sets about proving her innocence, totally upsetting the police investigation. And she makes classic mistakes, like being alone with the murderer when she accuses them - which are pointed out to her when it's just too late. Fortunately she has friends in local policeman Bill Wong who is also considered an outsider by the locals (though he's a Gloucestershire lad born and bred, his dad is half Chinese) and Chivers, the orange (marmalade?) kitten he leaves with her to foster.

3.5 stars

The Vicious Vet

A handsome new vet moves into the village and Agatha gets a new neighbour - James, an ex-military colonel who just wants to be left alone to write his book on British military history without having to fend off all the single ladies bringing food to his door. Though Paul, the vet, has plenty of female admirers who consider him a miracle worker for their pets, one elderly lady claims that her Charlie had no reason to die. When Paul, and later his accuser, are found dead due to accidents Agatha thinks it's time to stick her nose in.

I found the way Agatha bosses James around hilarious. And he, colonel that he was, must enjoy their detective work because he goes along with her escapades without much protest. Or not until afterwards, anyway - at which point he's quite voluble.

3.5 stars (rounding down for animal cruelty)

(January 2024)
3.5 stars
plus an extra half star for the audio. 4.0 stars
… (mais)
humouress | 2 outras críticas | Feb 12, 2024 |



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