Biography

M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton has been hailed as “the new Queen of Crime.” She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Agatha Raisin mysteries, including AS THE PIG TURNS and BUSY BODY, set in the English Cotswolds, as well as the Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. She has also written historical romance novels and an Edwardian mystery series under the name Marion Chesney. Before writing her first novels, Beaton worked as a bookseller, a newspaper reporter, a fashion critic, and a waitress in a greasy spoon. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and a village in the Cotswolds, where Agatha Raisin was created. She was selected the British Guest of Honor for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in 2006.

M. C. Beaton

Books by M. C. Beaton

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Humor, Mystery

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime. Stifling a yawn at the production of "Babes in the Woods," Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens...followed by a scream and then silence. When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to ensure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead, and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

It is quite the shock when Gloria French is found dead, murdered by a poisoned bottle of elderberry wine. Afraid the murder will be a blight on the small town, Parish councillor Jerry Tarrant hires private detective Agatha Raisin to track down the murderer. A secretive village whose residents resent the investigation doesn't stop the ever-persistent Agatha from sticking her nose where no one wants it --- especially as the suspect list grows.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness --- now dead --- had forgotten.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Agatha has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, and will do anything to get her man --- including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Attempting to lure tourists to a sleepy Scottish town, a tourist director renames the local woods “The Fairy Glen.” But when heartbreaking acts of vandalism begin plaguing the forest, Hamish Macbeth investigates --- and the case turns from animal cruelty to murder.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Agatha Raisin accompanies her former protegée and current rival in the private detection racket, Toni, to a pig roasting. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem....

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Agatha Raisin’s detective agency is investigating the murder of John Sunday of the Health and Safety Board. But when a man has made as many enemies as Sunday, it’s hard to know where to start.

by M. C. Beaton - Fiction, Mystery

Police Constable Hamish Macbeth must discover who's responsible for a double murder --- and this time, the killer may be closer than he realizes.