Marion Chesney is a prolific Scottish novelist who often goes under the pen name M.C. Beaton. Under her real name (actually, her real last name is “McChesney”), she writes romance novels including the Travelling Matchmaker series. Under the name M.C. Beaton, she has written over 20 Agatha Raisin and nearly 30 Hamish Macbeth mystery novels. Chesney has also used the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Marion Gibbons and Charlotte Ward.

Chesney had her first novel published in 1979. Since that time, she has barely put the pen down, having written over 100 novels. Below is the order of when all of Marion Chesney’s novels were originally published:

Publication Order of Jennie Tremaine Books


Kitty(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lucy(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Susie(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sally(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Regency Romance Books


Quadrille(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Flirt(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
At The Sign of the Golden Pineapple(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miss Davenport's Christmas(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Six Sisters Books


Minerva(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Taming of Annabelle(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deirdre and Desire(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Daphne(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Diana the Huntress(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Frederica in Fashion(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dukes & Desires Books


Lady Lucy's Lover(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
My Dear Duchess(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pretty Polly(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Her Grace's Passion(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scandalous Marriage(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Desirable Duchess(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sins of Lady Dacey(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hamish Macbeth Books


Death of a Gossip(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Cad(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Outsider(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Perfect Wife(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Hussy(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Snob(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Prankster(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Glutton(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Travelling Man(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Charming Man(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Nag(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Macho Man(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dentist(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Scriptwriter(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Addict(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Highland Christmas(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dustman(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Celebrity(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Village(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Poison Pen(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Bore(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Dreamer(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Maid(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Gentle Lady(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Witch(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Valentine(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Chimney Sweep(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Kingfisher(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of Yesterday(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Policeman(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of A House For The Season Books


The Miser of Mayfair(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Plain Jane(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wicked Godmother(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rake's Progress(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Adventuress(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rainbird's Revenge(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of School For Manners Books


Refining Felicity(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Perfecting Fiona(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Enlightening Delilah(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finessing Clarissa(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Animating Maria(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marrying Harriet(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Travelling Matchmaker Books


Emily Goes to Exeter(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Belinda Goes to Bath(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Penelope Goes to Portsmouth(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beatrice Goes to Brighton(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deborah Goes to Dover(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yvonne Goes to York(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Books


The Quiche of Death(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vicious Vet(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Potted Gardner(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Walkers of Dembley(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murderous Marriage(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Terrible Tourist(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wellspring of Death(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wizard of Evesham(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Witch of Wyckhadden(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fairies of Fryfam(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Love from Hell(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Day the Floods Came(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Case of the Curious Curate(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Haunted House(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deadly Dance(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Perfect Paragon(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Loves, Lies and Liquor(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kissing Christmas Goodbye(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Spoonful of Poison(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There Goes The Bride(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Busy Body(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
As the Pig Turns(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hiss and Hers(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Blood of an Englishman(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Novellas


Christmas Crumble(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books


The Agatha Raisin Companion(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Poor Relations Books


Lady Fortescue Steps Out(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sir Philip's Folly(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Back in Society(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miss Tonks Takes a Risk(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Daughters of Mannerling Books


The Banishment(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Intrigue(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deception(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Folly(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Romance(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Homecoming(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Edwardian Mystery Books


Snobbery with Violence(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hasty Death(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sick of Shadows(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Our Lady of Pain(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Skeleton in the Closet(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Agatha Raisin, Hamish Macbeth and The Skeleton Under the Closet were written under the name M.C. Beaton. My Dear Duchess was written under the pseudonym Ann Fairfax. The “Jennie Tremaine” books listed are the books Chesney wrote under that pen name. The remaining novels listed here were published under the name Marion Chesney.

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  • Jo

    Thanks for providing these lists so we can read our favorite series in chronological order. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but usually reading out of order spoils a surprise of some kind. Characters and relationships develop; and like in life, people are a sum of all the their experiences. So reading in the order the author intended is more fun.

    • Brandon

      Well put. Thank you for the kind words!

  • Ati77
    • Brandon

      Added. Thanks!

      I also considered adding the whole titles to each of the books (“Agatha Raisin and the…”), but I think it might make the titles too long. You can let me know what you think if you like.