It’s so difficult to keep up with all the women who make up Marion Chesney.
She has penned under at least 7 pseudonyms and is a popular and extremely prolific writer, topping at least 200 titles under her various guises.
Marion was born in Scotland in 1936 and has always demonstrated her love of the written word, working amongst other things as a buyer of fiction for a Glasgow bookshop and a newspaper reporter and editor. She now divides her time between her homes in the English Cotswolds and Paris, France.
As herself, she is widely acclaimed as a leading author of historical romances, but it is as M.C. Beaton, that she is probably most well known to us, for her two best loved characters of Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin.
Hamish is a fictional police officer, who serves as the town of Lochdubh’s detective, in a series of mystery novels.
Agatha is a retired, middle-aged, public-relations agent, who moves from London to the Cotswolds. Here, she solves murders, Miss Marple style until, later in the series, opening her own detective agency.
Cranky, yet lovable Agatha Raisin has never been one for holiday cheer, but her cozy little village of Carsely has always prided itself on its decadent Christmas festivities.
But this year the bells will not be ringing “Silent Night” as Mr. John Sunday, an officer with the Health and Safety Board, has gradually begun to crack down what he sees as gross misconduct by each and every man, woman, and child in town. The village shop is told it can no longer have wooden shelves which have been there since the time of Queen Victoria ‘in case someone is inflicted with a splinter.’ The village school is ordered to leave lights on at night ‘to prevent unauthorized intruders from tripping in the dark.’ And children are warned to not play with ‘counterfeit banknotes’ after passing around toy money. But the grinch going by the name of Mr. Sunday finally goes too far when he rules that there can not be a Christmas tree atop the church tower this year.
Soon after the decry and just before Christmas, Agatha is sipping a cup of tea and trying to stay awake as minute by minute of the Carsely Ladies Society meeting at the vivarage drones on when a sudden scream wakes her from her stupor. The ladies rush out of the vicarage and into the garden to find Sunday, enemy number1 of all of Carsely, lying face down in the petunias. Agatha is on the case, but with so many people having threatened the life of the victim, it’s almost impossible to know where to start.
I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.