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)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vicious Vet (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Potted Gardener (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (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
Love, 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
Christmas Crumble (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
Agatha's First Case (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dishing the Dirt (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pushing up Daisies (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Witches' Tree (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead Ringer (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beating about the Bush (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hot to Trot (With: R.W. Green) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Down the Hatch (With: R.W. Green) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Agatha’s First Case is a prequel novella in the series.

Publication Order of Agatha Raisin Non-Fiction Books

The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010)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 (1990)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 / Of a Greedy Woman (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 (2009)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
Death of a Liar (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Knock, Knock, You're Dead! (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Nurse (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Ghost (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Honest Man (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Poor Relation (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Summertime Splendor (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Skeleton in the Closet (2001)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Summer of Discontent (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Cozy Case Files Books

A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 1 (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 2 (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 3 (With: Donna Andrews,Ellie Alexander) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 4 (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 5 (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 6 (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 7 (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 8 (With: Diane Kelly,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 9 (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 10 (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 11 (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 12 (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Anthology series.If authors listed on a book then this author wrote a story within that book.

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.

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

  1. Julie Check: 6 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.

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  2. Ati77: 7 years ago

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

    http://www.agatharaisin.com/?section=series&book=agatha_raisin_and_the_witch_of_wyckhadden_9781849011426_paperback

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    • Brandon: 7 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.

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  3. Jo: 8 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.

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    • Brandon: 8 years ago

      Well put. Thank you for the kind words!

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