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Beaton, M. C.

Works: 558 works in 5,668 publications in 3 languages and 216,973 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English  Ghost stories  Drama  Television series  Television comedies  Detective and mystery television programs  Novels  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor
Classifications: PR6053.H4535, 823.914
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Most widely held works about M. C Beaton
Most widely held works by M. C Beaton
Death of a valentine by M. C Beaton( Book )

38 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and held by 3,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all. For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day package--delivered to the victim before her death--that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be blind, deaf . . . and deadly
Death of a Gentle lady by M. C Beaton( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2019 in English and held by 3,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scotland's most laconic and low-tech policeman, Hamish MacBeth, is back and this time he must investigate the death of a gentle lady"--Provided by the publisher
Death of a witch by M. C Beaton( Book )

35 editions published between 2009 and 2019 in English and held by 3,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamish Macbeth, Scotland's most laconic and low-tech policeman, investigates the death of a woman with seemingly unearthly powers
There goes the bride : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

27 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 2,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bossy, impulsive, yet hopelessly romantic, Agatha is dreading the upcoming marriage of her ex-husband, James Lacey. Her best intentions to move on with her life are put on hold when James's young bride is shot to death just minutes before saying I do, and Agatha is named the prime suspect
A spoonful of poison : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 2,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vicar of a nearby village persuades Agatha Raisin to help publicize a church fete. Agatha brings out the crowds for the fete, but there's more going on than innocent village fun. Several of the offerings in the jam-tasting booth turn out to be poisoned, and the festive family event becomes the scene of two murders. Along with her young and (much to her dismay) pretty sidekick, Toni, Agatha must uncover the truth behind the jam tampering, keep the church funds safe from theft, and expose the nasty secrets lurking in the village--all while falling for handsome George Selby, who may have secrets of his own
Death of a kingfisher by M. C Beaton( Book )

34 editions published between 2012 and 2019 in English and held by 2,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Scotland is hit by the recession, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices that the Highland people are forced to come up with inventive ways to lure tourists to their sleepy towns. The quaint village of Braikie doesn't have much to offer, other than a place of rare beauty called Buchan's Wood, which was bequeathed to the town. The savvy local tourist director renames the woods "The Fairy Glen," and has brochures printed with a beautiful photograph of a kingfisher rising from a pond on the cover. It isn't long before coach tours begin to arrive. But just as the town's luck starts to turn, a kingfisher is found hanging from a branch in the woods with a noose around its neck. As a wave of vandalism threatens to ruin Braikie forever, the town turns to Hamish Macbeth. And when violence strikes again, the lawman's investigation quickly turns from animal cruelty to murder
As the pig turns : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

44 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 2,888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An irresistible new adventure for the bossy, vain, and endearing Agatha Raisin, from New York Times bestselling M.C. Beaton, "the reigning queen of the cozies" (Booklist). The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the winter months after the holidays by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, has arrived with her former protege;e and current rival in the private detection racket, Toni, to enjoy the merriment. 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.... "Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police, everything changes when Gary's ex-wife hires Toni to investigate. With that provocation, how could any sleuth as obviously vain and competitive (and secretly insecure) as Agatha could do anything other than solve the case herself?"--
Hiss and hers : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

32 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Agatha has fallen head over heels in love?again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha 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
Agatha Raisin and the haunted house by M. C Beaton( Book )

44 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Returning to the humdrum routine of her home, Agatha Raisin finds herself falling for charming new neighbor Paul Chatterton and becomes involved in the investigation of a believed-haunted house and its murdered owner
Death of yesterday by M. C Beaton( Book )

34 editions published between 2009 and 2019 in English and held by 2,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergeant Hamish Macbeth pays no mind to a bothersome woman who had been out drinking and forgot all the events of the previous evening, until she turns up murdered
The deadly dance by M. C Beaton( Book )

51 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 2,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frustrated by a series of small jobs after opening her own detective agency, Agatha Raisin places the fledgling agency's reputation on the line by alienating her friends and flirting with a chief suspect
Death of a maid : a Hamish Macbeth mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

37 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in English and held by 2,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth is charged with investigating the death of a maid struck down by a bucket of water"--Provided by the publisher
The perfect paragon : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

62 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recovering after nearly being killed by both a hired assassin and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin is looking for a low-key case and takes on an investigation into Robert Smedley's possibly adulterous wife, until her client turns up dead, poisoned with weed killer, leaving his young wife the prime suspect to inherit a fortune
Agatha Raisin and the love from hell by M. C Beaton( Book )

46 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and German and held by 2,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recently married to James Lacey, the witty and fractious Agatha Raisin quickly finds that marriage, and love, are not all they are cracked up to be. Rather than basking in marital bliss, the newlyweds are living in separate cottages and accusing each other of infidelity. After a particularly raucous fight in the local pub, James suddenly vanishes - a bloodstain the only clue to his fate - and Agatha is the prime suspect. Determined to clear her name and find her husband, Agatha begins her investigation. But her sleuthing is thwarted when James's suspected mistress, Melissa, is found murdered. Joined by her old friend Sir Charles, Agatha digs into Melissa's past and uncovers two ex-husbands, an angry sister, and dubious relations with bikers. Are Melissa's death and James's disappearance connected? Will Agatha reunite with her husband or will she find herself alone once again?
Something borrowed, someone dead : an Agatha Raisin mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

33 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hired by the Parish councilor of a small community in the Cotswold Hills to investigate the murder of a jolly widow, Agatha Raisin learns about the victim's penchant for keeping borrowed items in a case that is complicated by village secrets and a killer who would make Agatha a next target
Death of a nurse by M. C Beaton( Book )

29 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 2,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Hamish Macbeth series continues with a new mystery featuring Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman. James Harrison has recently moved to a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland with his gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty. When Hamish visits Mr. Harrison to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. Gloria apologizes for her employer's behavior, and Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland, and why, before the murderer strikes again ..."--
Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate by M. C Beaton( Book )

37 editions published between 2003 and 2019 in English and German and held by 2,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depressed after being humiliated and abandoned by the two men in her life, Agatha Raisin finds a new prospect in curate Tristan Delon, whose untimely death prompts Agatha to investigate strange mysteries surrounding the victim
Death of a chimney sweep by M. C Beaton( Book )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the isolated villages of northern Scotland, the residents rely on chimney sweep Pete Ray. After Police Constable Hamish Macbeth finds a dead body stuffed inside a chimney, the entire town of Lochdubh suspects Pete. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens
Death of a scriptwriter by M. C Beaton( Book )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and held by 2,567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ever since a British television crew began filming a mystery series at nearby Castle Drim, Hamish has watched tension building. Middle-aged townsfolk and flashy filmmakers are clashing, the younger locals are vying for bit parts, and rumors are flying about vicious quarrels among the crew. But trouble really escalates after one of the scriptwriters is found dead, and Hamish discovers a full cast of suspects lurking behind the scenes."
Death of a dreamer : a Hamish MacBeth mystery by M. C Beaton( Book )

37 editions published between 1984 and 2018 in English and held by 2,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surprised that a newcomer to the Scottish Highlands has remained steadfast to her new home in spite of an inhospitable winter, constable Hamish Macbeth learns that the woman has deluded herself into believing that she is engaged to a local artist
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Death of a valentine
Death of a Gentle ladyDeath of a witchThere goes the bride : an Agatha Raisin mysteryA spoonful of poison : an Agatha Raisin mysteryDeath of a kingfisherAs the pig turns : an Agatha Raisin mysteryAgatha Raisin and the haunted houseThe deadly dance
Alternative Names

controlled identityChesney, Marion

Beaton, M.C.

Beaton, Marion Chesney

Chesney, Marion.

Chesney, Marion 1936-

Chesney, Marion 1936-2019

Chester, Sarah.

Chester, Sarah 1936-

Crampton, Helen.

Crampton, Helen 1936-

Fairfax, Ann.

Fairfax, Ann 1936-

Gibbons, Marion.

M.C. Beaton

Marion Chesney

Marion Chesney Beaton

Marion Gibbons

Marion McChesney

McChesney Marion

Tremaine, Jennie.

Tremaine, Jennie 1936-

Ward, Charlotte.

Ward, Charlotte 1936-

비턴, M. C. 1936-

워드, 샬럿 1936-

채스니, 매리온 1936-

크램프턴, 헬렌 1936-

트레메인, 제니 1936-

페어팩스, 앤 1936-

ビートン, M. C.

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