M.C. Beaton

One of the most borrowed authors from British libraries, M.C. Beaton was the queen of ‘cosy’ crime, with her two principle detective series, Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin, proving phenomenally popular with readers. After a brief career in the noble art of bookselling, Beaton turned to journalism, taking positions as theatre critic and fashion editor for various publications and becoming chief woman reporter on the Daily Express. Beaton then moved to the United States with her new husband, where she wrote over 100 regency romances until, having tired of the form and the period, she decided to try her hand at crime fiction. The result was the first Hamish Macbeth mystery, Death of a Gossip, published in 1985. Upon moving back to the UK in the early 1990s, the Beatons settled in the Cotswolds, which was to prove the setting for her most popular series – and detective – Agatha Raisin. Beginning in 1992 with Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, the formidable crime solving abilities of the retired PR guru captured the imaginations of millions of readers the world over. Hot to Trot, the 31st – and final – Agatha Raisin novel, is published in October 2020.

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Agatha Raisin Series in Order

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
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Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet
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Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener
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Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist
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Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham
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Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam
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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell
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Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate
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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
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Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance
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Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon
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Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor
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Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison
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Hamish Macbeth Series in Order

Death of a Gossip
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Death of a Cad
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Death of an Outsider
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Death of a Perfect Wife
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Death of a Hussy
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Death of a Snob
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Death of a Prankster
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Death of a Glutton
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Death of a Travelling Man
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Death of a Charming Man
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Death of a Nag
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Death of a Macho Man
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Death of a Dentist
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Death of a Scriptwriter
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Death of an Addict
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Death of a Celebrity
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Death of a Village
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Death of a Poison Pen
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The Six Sisters Series in Order

Minerva
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The Taming of Annabelle
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Daphne
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Diana the Huntress
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Frederica in Fashion
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The Waverly Women Series in Order

The First Rebellion
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Silken Bonds
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The Love Match
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The Travelling Matchmaker Series in Order

Emily Goes to Exeter
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Belinda Goes to Bath
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Penelope Goes to Portsmouth
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Beatrice Goes to Brighton
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Deborah Goes to Dover
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Yvonne Goes to York
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