Books by M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton has written fourteen Hamish Macbeth mysteries. She is the author of the Agatha Raisin series and is a film commentator on BBC television. M. C. Beaton lives in a Cotswolds cottage with her husband.


DEATH OF AN HONEST MAN by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"One of the most convoluted and striking in this venerable series (Death of a Ghost, 2017, etc.), whose fans will relish the newest complications in the hero's chaotic life."
Honesty may not be the best policy if it makes your acquaintances want to kill you. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GHOST by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Fans of the handsome Highlander will delight in his continuing penchant for the wrong women and his utter lack of ambition despite his superior detecting skills, which this complex case puts on handsome display."
A wily Highland police sergeant solves a case the higher-ups want covered up. Read full book review >
PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Fans of this long-running series will enjoy the continuing drama of the private eye's romances, which, as so often before (Dishing The Dirt, 2016, etc.), overshadow the mystery."
Agatha Raisin continues to struggle, though not very hard, against her predilection for unsuitable men. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The latest appearance by the charming Scot (Death of a Liar, 2015, etc.) provides all the quirky characters and striking Highlands scenery you could want, along with one of Beaton's most successful mysteries."
Beaton's unambitious but talented police hero continues to be attracted to all the wrong women. Read full book review >
DISHING THE DIRT by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"As usual, Agatha attracts and forfeits the attentions of a number of eligible bachelors while hunting a clever killer; a basket full of red herrings makes this one of her more interesting cases."
A private detective continues her search for love in all the wrong places. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD OF AN ENGLISHMAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Agatha's 25th (Something Borrowed, Someone Dead, 2013, etc.) is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong."
Agatha Raisin is on the scene of yet another wacky Cotswold murder. Read full book review >
SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMEONE DEAD by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Fans of this long-running series (Hiss and Hers, 2012, etc.) will feel right at home and find plenty of mirth and mystery."
Agatha Raisin solves the case of the obliging villager whose kindnesses didn't keep someone from killing her, perhaps for an excellent reason. Read full book review >
HISS AND HERS by M.C. Beaton
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Beaton may not supply a great mystery this time out, but as usual, the many amusing characters make it a hoot."
A private detective's amatory obsessions get her in trouble once again. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A KINGFISHER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"Beaton combines an influx of quirky characters with her old favorites (Death of a Chimney Sweep, 2011, etc.), even though the plot this time is a wee bit far-fetched."
An innovative plan to increase tourism in the Highland town of Braikie goes terribly wrong. Read full book review >
AS THE PIG TURNS by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"But she and the cleverly drawn satellites who surround her provide good value for the faithful."
Who but Agatha Raisin could spot such an unusual method of disposing of a body? Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 2011

"Apart from the puzzle, Hamish's latest advances the career and love life of the clever, stubborn Scot."
Murder is the byproduct when newcomers to the village of Drim, Scotland, call for the chimney sweep. Read full book review >
BUSY BODY by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Testy Agatha, continuing her habit of falling for unsuitable men, scores again with a cunning mixture of satire and mystery."
Agatha Raisin's latest case (There Goes the Bride, 2009, etc.) pits her against the residents of a quaint village who want to see no evil. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A VALENTINE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"The Highlands' most famous bachelor has a narrow escape in Beaton's amusing update on the irresistible Hamish and his coterie of friends and ex-loves."
Police officer Hamish MacBeth finds himself in danger, and not just from a cold-blooded killer. Read full book review >
THERE GOES THE BRIDE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Agatha (A Spoonful of Poison, 2008, etc.) is as overbearing and abrasive as ever. But she does have her good points, as does this meandering tale."
Detective agency owner Agatha Raisin's ongoing obsession with her ex-husband lands her in the soup. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A WITCH by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"A sound mystery featuring a generous portion of Hamish's complicated relationships and the usual delightful Highland descriptions."
The picture-postcard village of Lochdubh once more becomes a mecca for murder. Read full book review >
A SPOONFUL OF POISON by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Agatha remains as resolutely unlovable as ever. Perhaps that makes her believable as a person, if not as a crime solver."
Agatha Raisin grudgingly agrees to help publicize a church fete for Vicar Arthur Chance, only to discover that what's really needed are her detective skills. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GENTLE LADY by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2008

"Hamish's 23rd adventure (Death of a Maid, 2007, etc.) is one of his best, with the usual charming details of Highland life and a crackerjack mystery to boot."
Hamish Macbeth must connive once more to keep his job policing his beloved village of Lochdubh. Read full book review >
KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE by M.C. Beaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"Toni is a breath of fresh air, and devoted fans will be glad to see the back of Agatha's tiresome suitor James (Love, Lies and Liquor, 2006, etc.), in this otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery."
An old-fashioned English Christmas must wait for murder. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A MAID by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"The faithful won't mind that Hamish's amours this time take second place to his detecting skills."
Hamish Macbeth rides to the rescue of the Highland village of Lochdubh, which once again has more than its share of homicides. Read full book review >
LOVE, LIES AND LIQUOR by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Detection takes a back seat to Agatha's angst over her long-running amatory follies. Here's hoping she's finally dumped the selfish James for good and can get on with her sleuthing."
There'll be no romantic interlude for Agatha Raisin, not even when her ex-husband invites her to join him at a beachfront hotel. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A DREAMER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2006

"Fans of Hamish (Death of an Outsider, 2004, etc.) will love this combination of mystery and romantic escapades."
The arrival of two artists in the peaceful Scottish Highland village of Lochdubh leads to a picture-perfect murder. Read full book review >
THE PERFECT PARAGON by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"Interesting new characters will lure franchise fans to this otherwise insipid entry."
A perfect Cotswold spring finds irascible closet romantic Agatha Raisin in the doldrums, in need of a cuddle and a nice mystery to perk her up. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A BORE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 2005

"Quirky but well-plotted: Hamish's 20th offers humor, intrigue, and local color galore."
Egotistical TV personalities, an obnoxious boss, and a tidal wave of villagers bent on marrying him off can't stop Constable Hamish Macbeth from finding out who murdered Lochdubh's writer-in-residence. Read full book review >
THE DEADLY DANCE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 2004

"'I am a bitch, that's what I am,' muses Agatha, whose biggest discovery in this effervescent bauble may be a spoonful's worth of self-knowledge. "
Agatha Raisin finally makes it official by opening her own private detective agency. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CAD by M.C. Beaton
Released: July 1, 2004

"Featherweight, satisfying fun."
A second adventure (Death of a Gossip, 1985) featuring the craggy Scottish landscape, a warm Scottish brew and red-haired village constable Hamish Mac beth, who yearns after Priscilla, daughter of Tommel Castle's Colonel Halburton-Smythe. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS CURATE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2003

"Even so, things keep moving fast enough to hold the faithful's interest."
Beaton's grumpy, depressive heroine (Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came, 2002, etc.) has little reason to be cheerful when the curtain comes up this time around. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A VILLAGE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Beaton (Death of a Celebrity, 2001, etc.) rarely disappoints, and his 19th adventure finds Hamish in top form, with intriguing puzzles to solve, the possibility of a new romance, and ever more inventive ways of avoiding a promotion to higher rank and transfer from his beloved Lochdubh."
Once again, Hamish Macbeth, sole guardian of the law in Scotland's Lochdubh village and environs, is fighting the specter of promotion as he tangles—successfully, he hopes, but not too dramatically—with a series of complex puzzles in his bailiwick. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE DAY THE FLOODS CAME by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2002

"Lighten up, Agatha."
Poor Agatha is still ensconced in her Carsely village cottage, but now at the end of her short-lived marriage to next-door neighbor James Lacey (Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell, 2001), who's left her to take holy orders at a French monastery. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CELEBRITY by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"Pretty much the mixture as before—overextended and a bit more florid than usual—but doubtless a treat for Hamish's legion of fans."
Another puzzle for homespun Hamish MacBeth, sole lawman in the village of Lochdubh, Scotland, where his residence and the town police station are one and the same. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE LOVE FROM HELL by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 10, 2001

"Sheer absurdity, start to finish, and only for those with a high tolerance for Agatha at her silliest."
Her marriage to next-door neighbor James Lacey has nothing to curb Agatha Raisin's proclivity for outlandish adventures in and out of the criminal circuit. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A DUSTMAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 6, 2001

"Hamish's 16th is another winner for his prolific chronicler (Death of an Addict, 1999, etc.)."
Hamish Macbeth, lone policeman in the village of Lubdoch, Scotland, is once again challenged by murder on his turf. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Confused plotting and uninspired characters make for an easy-to-read, easy-to-forget excursion: not quite up to Beaton's usual standard."
In a rare departure from her usual fictional sleuths, Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin, Beaton here introduces Fellworth Dolphin, the painfully shy, insecure, 40-ish son of penny-pinching, recently deceased parents. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE FAIRIES OF FAM by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"There's quite a show of dancing lights at the bottom of Agatha's back garden; one of her new neighbors turns up dead; and indomitable James will return as well."
Bereft, as she thinks, of James Lacey, the love of her life, drolly blunt Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden, 1999, etc.) begins her tenth acid cozy by following a fortuneteller's advice: she ups and moves to Lavender Cottage in the Norfolk village of Fryfam, where her missing vase is only the latest of a series of mysteriously vanished objects. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WITCH OF WYCKHADDEN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Silly circumstances evoke equally silly behavior, not only from the quaintly eccentric locals but also from a detective who ought to know better."
Even before the gentle mayhem kicks in, Agatha Raisin seems to be at the end of her rope. Read full book review >
A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"A charmingly illustrated Christmas fable sure to please Hamish's legion of fans and likely to make a few new ones."
Christmas is only a week away in Lubdoch, Scotland, but Constable Hamish MacBeth, the village's sole lawman (Death of an Addict, p. 574, etc.), expects no time off. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WIZARD OF EVESHAM by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1999

"Perhaps this heroine would benefit from a long, very long vacation."
Agatha Raisin, the author's self-absorbed heroine, gets trouble from all sides this time out (Agatha Raisin and The Wellspring of Death, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WELLSPRING OF DEATH by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 1998

"Even Agatha's devoted fans may want to sit out this one."
A sillier than usual chapter in the life of Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist, 1997, etc.), now retired from her public-relations job and living in the Cotswolds village of Carsely. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SCRIPTWRITER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 1998

"Still, Hamish's amiable persona manages to keep it all together, at least for his legion of ardent fans."
Once more to the Scottish Highlands and a new puzzle for Hamish MacBeth (Death of a Dentist, 1997, etc.), Lochdubh's one-man police force. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE TERRIBLE TOURIST by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1997

"Only the author's blithe and breezy style and some interest in the historic sights of northern Cyprus could inspire most readers to stay the course."
The marriage of ex-public relations whiz Agatha Raisin to cold, enigmatic James Lacey, who lives next door to her retirement cottage in the Cotswold village of Carsely, has fallen through (Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A DENTIST by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1997

"An unusually energetic Hamish (in this 13th appearance): a cast of engaging locals with full-blown Highland accents, and a mildly intriguing storyline provide comfort food for Hamish's many fans."
Hamish Macbeth, the one-man police force of Lochdubh, a village in the Scottish Highlands (Death of a Macho Man, 1996, etc.), wakes up one morning with a toothache that drives him to Dr. Gilchrist, a butcher of a dentist in nearby Braikie. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE MURDEROUS MARRIAGE by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 1996

"Strictly for adoring fans."
Beaton, author of the often crisp and stylish Hamish MacBeth stories, seems to lose her cool whenever she turns to the exploits of the abrasive sleuth Agatha Raisin (Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A MACHO MAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1996

"Mid-level Beaton, and that's not bad."
Hamish Macbeth, one-man police force of Lochdubh village in the Scottish Highlands, is in trouble again (Death of a Nag, 1995, etc.), with archenemy Chief Inspector Blair still trying to orchestrate his downfall. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A NAG by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 1995

"One of the better outings in this comfy-as-an-old-shoe series."
A broken engagement (has he truly finished with Priscilla Halburton-Smythe?) and a demotion from sergeant to constable have lowered the usually cheerful spirits of Hamish Macbeth, the entire police force of Lochdubh village in Scotland (Death of a Charming Man, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WALKERS OF DEMBLEY by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1995

"With its near-perfunctory narrative style, aimless detours and endless cups of tea, this isn't one of Beaton's better efforts, but Agatha's romantic dreams may soon be fulfilled."
A rather bedraggled fourth excursion for retired p.r. woman/amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CHARMING MAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"It just shows how much even the laziest man will exert himself to keep from getting married and promoted."
Or is he really dead? Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE POTTED GARDENER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 1994

"A mildly cozy but totally forgettable excursion—strictly for forgiving fans."
Beaton, author of the Hamish MacBeth stories, offers another anemic adventure for second-string sleuth Agatha Raisin. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A TRAVELLING MAN by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1993

"Unpretentious fun for all."
Sergeant Hamish MacBeth, until now the entire police force in the Scottish village of Lubdoch (Death of a Glutton, etc.), is feeling beleaguered. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE VICIOUS VET by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"Clumsy plotting, a clutch of listless characters, and the singularly charmless Agatha Raisin—in one of Beaton's least attractive outings."
Fifty-ish Agatha Raisin, the author's amateur second-string sleuth (Hamish MacBeth being the pro), has yet to feel comfortably settled in the Cotswold village of Carsely, where neighboring bachelor James Lacey eludes her romantic overtures and life is dull (Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, 1992). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GLUTTON by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1993

"Harmless diversion for Hamish's fans, but unlikely to make new ones."
Maria Worth, half owner of an exclusive matrimonial agency called Checkmates Singles Club, has set up a weeklong stay for a small group of members at Tommel Castle Hotel in the Scottish Highlands. Read full book review >
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE QUICHE OF DEATH by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 1992

"Placidly diverting."
The pretty Cotswold village of Carsely, where 20-year residents are called "incomers," is the retirement choice of fiftysomething p.r. career woman Agatha Raisin, fulfilling a lifelong thatched-cottaga dream. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A PRANKSTER by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"Beaton coasting."
A feeble new adventure for Scottish constable Hamish MacBeth of Lochdubh village (Death of a Snob, etc.). Read full book review >
DEATH OF A SNOB by M.C. Beaton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 1991

"Lively pictures of insular island characters and Jane's sometimes difficult, narcissistic friends, along with Hamish's enduring charm, make the disjointed plotting here secondary—at least for Beaton's devoted fans."
It's Christmastime in Lochdubh village, where Hamish Macbeth continues to serve as the town's only policeman. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A HUSSY by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 13, 1990

"A heavily contrived plot and too many archly cute situations make this less than Beaton's best, but there's still plenty of lighthearted enjoyment to be had here."
Maggie Baird is a newcomer to the highlands village of Lochdub, but she organizes a successful campaign to get Hamish MacBeth, the town's lone policeman, returned to the community from Strathbane, an ugly town where officialdom had sent him. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A HUSSY by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 13, 1990

"A heavily contrived plot and too many archly cute situations make this less than Beaton's best, but there's still plenty of lighthearted enjoyment to be had here."
Maggie Baird is a newcomer to the highlands village of Lochdub, but she organizes a successful campaign to get Hamish MacBeth, the town's lone policeman, returned to the community from Strathbane, an ugly town where officialdom had sent him. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A PERFECT WIFE by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 8, 1989

"Hamish and Lochdubh continue to charm in a gentle entertainment."
There are new arrivals in Lochdubh, the Highlands village where police officer Hamish MacBeth represents law and order (Death of a Cad), and Hamish senses trouble. Read full book review >
DEATH OF AN OUTSIDER by M.C. Beaton
Released: Dec. 19, 1988

"The puzzle is a little too patly solved, but some vividly drawn characters, a sharp evocation of a sour town, and Hamish's warmth and dry wit make for easy-going enjoyment."
Another case for charming Scottish constable Hamish MacBeth (Death of a Cad, etc.), this time away from his beloved village of Loch Dubh, doing a three-month stint as relief to Sergeant MacGregor in the gray, bleak crofting town of Cnothan. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A GOSSIP by M.C. Beaton
Released: March 1, 1985

"Clumsily plotted, overall, and told with an amateur air."
The setting is the Scottish Highlands, the detective is laid-back village constable Hamish MacBeth—and those are, alas, just about the only pluses in this awkwardly written mystery. Read full book review >