Marion Chesney was a prolific Scottish novelist who often went 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.

Please note: the only novels listed are the novels written under the pen name of M.C. Beaton originally. While Marion did republish the majority of her novels under M.C. Beaton, the books listed below are the ones truly written under that pseudonym. To see a full list you can see our page on Marion Chesney.

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Books

The Quiche of Death (1992)Description / Buy at
The Vicious Vet (1993)Description / Buy at
The Potted Gardener (1994)Description / Buy at
The Walkers of Dembley (1995)Description / Buy at
The Murderous Marriage (1996)Description / Buy at
The Terrible Tourist (1997)Description / Buy at
The Wellspring of Death (1998)Description / Buy at
The Wizard of Evesham (1999)Description / Buy at
The Witch of Wyckhadden (1999)Description / Buy at
The Fairies of Fryfam (2000)Description / Buy at
The Love from Hell (2001)Description / Buy at
The Day the Floods Came (2002)Description / Buy at
The Case of the Curious Curate (2003)Description / Buy at
The Haunted House (2003)Description / Buy at
The Deadly Dance (2004)Description / Buy at
The Perfect Paragon (2005)Description / Buy at
Love, Lies and Liquor (2006)Description / Buy at
Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007)Description / Buy at
A Spoonful of Poison (2008)Description / Buy at
There Goes the Bride (2009)Description / Buy at
Busy Body (2010)Description / Buy at
As The Pig Turns (2011)Description / Buy at
Hiss and Hers (2012)Description / Buy at
Christmas Crumble (2012)Description / Buy at
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013)Description / Buy at
Hell's Bells (2013)Description / Buy at
The Blood of an Englishman (2014)Description / Buy at
Agatha's First Case (2015)Description / Buy at
Dishing the Dirt (2015)Description / Buy at
Pushing up Daisies (2016)Description / Buy at
The Witches' Tree (2017)Description / Buy at
The Dead Ringer (2018)Description / Buy at
Beating about the Bush (2019)Description / Buy at
Hot to Trot (With: R.W. Green) (2020)Description / Buy at
Down the Hatch (With: R.W. Green) (2021)Description / Buy at
Devil’s Delight (With: R.W. Green) (2022)Description / Buy at
Dead on Target (With: R.W. Green) (2023)Description / Buy at
Killing Time (As: Marion Chesney, With: R.W. Green) (2024)Description / Buy at
Agatha’s First Case is a prequel novella in the series.

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books

The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Hamish Macbeth Books

(with R.W. Green)

Death of a Gossip (1985)Description / Buy at
Death of a Cad (1987)Description / Buy at
Death of an Outsider (1988)Description / Buy at
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)Description / Buy at
Death of a Hussy (1990)Description / Buy at
Death of a Snob (1992)Description / Buy at
Death of a Prankster (1992)Description / Buy at
Death of a Glutton / Death of a Greedy Woman (1993)Description / Buy at
Death of a Travelling Man (1993)Description / Buy at
Death of a Charming Man (1994)Description / Buy at
Death of a Nag (1995)Description / Buy at
Death of a Macho Man (1996)Description / Buy at
Death of a Dentist (1997)Description / Buy at
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998)Description / Buy at
Death of an Addict (1999)Description / Buy at
A Highland Christmas (1999)Description / Buy at
Death of a Dustman (2001)Description / Buy at
Death of a Celebrity (2002)Description / Buy at
Death of a Village (2003)Description / Buy at
Death of a Poison Pen (2004)Description / Buy at
Death of a Bore (2005)Description / Buy at
Death of a Dreamer (2006)Description / Buy at
Death of a Maid (2007)Description / Buy at
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008)Description / Buy at
Death of a Witch (2009)Description / Buy at
Death of a Valentine (2009)Description / Buy at
Death of a Chimney Sweep / Death of a Sweep (2011)Description / Buy at
Death of a Kingfisher (2012)Description / Buy at
Death of Yesterday (2013)Description / Buy at
Death of a Policeman (2014)Description / Buy at
Death of a Liar (2015)Description / Buy at
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016)Description / Buy at
Death of a Nurse (2016)Description / Buy at
Death of a Ghost (2017)Description / Buy at
Death of an Honest Man (2018)Description / Buy at
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster / Death of a Love (With: R.W. Green) (2022)Description / Buy at
Death of a Laird (With: R.W. Green) (2022)Description / Buy at
Death of a Traitor (With: R.W. Green) (2023)Description / Buy at
Death of a Spy (With: R.W. Green) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Poor Relation (1984)Description / Buy at
Summertime Splendor (1992)Description / Buy at
The Skeleton in the Closet (2001)Description / Buy at
Summer of Discontent (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Books

Cozy Case Files Volume 1 (By: Cynthia Riggs,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 2 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,E.J. Copperman,Ellie Alexander,Cynthia Riggs,Susan C. Shea,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 3 (With: Donna Andrews,Ellie Alexander,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 4 (By: Parnell Hall,Shari Randall,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Frances Brody,Tessa Arlen,Vivien Chien,Julia Chapman,Paige Shelton,Jane K. Cleland,Mindy Quigley) (2018)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 5 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Carola Dunn,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Susan C. Shea,Judith Flanders,Mindy Quigley,Auralee Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 6 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Ellen Hart,Sheila Connolly,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 7 (By: Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Ellen Crosby,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Ashley Weaver,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 8 (With: Diane Kelly,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 9 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Susanna Calkins,Allison Montclair,Ellie Alexander,Eve Calder,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 10 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Jane K. Cleland,Ashley Weaver,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 11 (By: Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,Mariah Fredericks,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 12 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Ashley Weaver,S.C. Perkins,Eve Calder,Jess Dylan,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen) (2021)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 13 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 14 (By: Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss) (2022)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 15 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2022)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 16 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss,M. C. Beaton) (2022)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 17 (By: Rhys Bowen,Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Jean-Luc Bannalec,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Korina Moss,Anastasia Hastings) (2023)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files, Volume 18 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Vivien Chien,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen,Katharine Schellman,Korina Moss) (2023)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files, Volume 19 (With: Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,Cynthia Riggs,R.W. Green,Elizabeth Penney,Korina Moss,Celeste Connally) (2023)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files, Volume 20 (By: Rhys Bowen,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Olivia Matthews,Jennifer J. Chow,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Anastasia Hastings) (2024)Description / Buy at
Anthology series.If author is listed on a book then this author wrote a story within that book.

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years(2001)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 3(2017)Description / Buy at
Cozy Case Files Volume 8(2020)Description / Buy at

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.

Death of a Glutton was also published as Death of a Greedy Woman.

If You Like M.C. Beaton Books, You’ll Love…

M.C. Beaton Synopses: The Quiche of Death is the first book in the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton. Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and looks to retire early in the quaint village of Carsely. Bored, lonely and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest: she figures she can get a Blue ribbon for her quiche. But her recipe for social advancement sours when Judge Cummings-Browne not only snubs her entry – but collapses and dies! After her quiche ends up to be poisonous, she must reveal the unsavory truth…

Agatha has never baked a thing in her life! In fact, she bought her quiche ready-made from a high-end quicherie in the city. Grating on the nerves of several Carsely residents, she is soon receiving sinister notes. Has her cheating and meddling got her in trouble, or are the threats related to the suspicious death? It may mean the difference between egg on her face and a coroner’s tag on her toe…

Death of a Gossip by M.C. Beaton is the first Hamish Macbeth novel. When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers – or fins – of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane’s shrills – until her strangled body is pulled out of the river. Along with the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish go through everything in Winters’ life to find the murderer. But with a series of suspects who talking and dead women saying even less, Hamish may be in over his head, for he knows that secrets are dangerous, knowledge is power, and killers are known to strike more than once.

Death of a Laird by M.C. Beaton & R.W. Green is a short story in the Hamish Macbeth series. When Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is sent to look into reports that the wealthy new laird of the remote Naglar House has gone missing, northwest Scotland is hit by the worst storm in memory. The road is washed away, phone lines are down, cell reception is non-existent and his police radio is out of commission. He is trapped with the laird’s high-class house guests. Then he sees the laird’s body.

Forced to stay overnight at the house, Hamish talks to each of the guests and pieces together an alarming picture of infidelity, jealousy, revenge, lust, greed and fear. It begins to look like all of the guests had good reason to want the laird dead, but which one of them is the one that did him in?

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7 Responses to “Order of M.C. Beaton Books”

  1. Sybil K. Herring: 2 months ago

    After reading all the Agatha Raisin and Manish Macbeth books, I thought I had read all of Marion’s books but then I saw somewhere a book by her named “Beatrice Goes to Brighton”. I think I also saw another similar title (Not Debbie goes to Dallas!) and now I’m hunting for them. Three Cheers for Marion Chesney Beaton)


  2. Rhonda Cameron: 3 years ago

    I would love to see Agatha and Hamish team up together and solve a good murder.


  3. Julie Check: 9 years ago

    One of her books I liked was ‘Duke’s Diamonds’ – so many more under her other names. I do like the Agatha Raisin series. I liked The House for a Season series and The Daughters of Mannerling. But oh we do want to see Hamish with a worthy lass – a real stayer.
    Another author I like is Carol O’Connell – though American is published in England as they were the first to accept her.


  4. Ati77: 10 years ago

    Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden is missing from the list.


    • Brandon: 10 years ago

      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.


  5. Jo: 11 years ago

    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: 11 years ago

      Well put. Thank you for the kind words!


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