Marion Chesney

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Marion Chesney Gibbons
M C Beaton by David Shankbone 1.jpg
Born Marion McChesney
1936 (age 77–78)
Glasgow, Scotland
Pen name Ann Fairfax,
Jennie Tremaine,
Helen Crampton,
Marion Chesney,
Charlotte Ward,
M. C. Beaton,
Sarah Chester
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality British
Period 1979–present
Genre romance, mystery, historical
Spouse Harry Scott Gibbons
Children Charles Gibbons
Website
marionchesney.co.uk

Marion Gibbons, née McChesney (born 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British popular and prolific writer of romance and mystery novels since 1979. She has written numerous successful historical romance novels under (a form of) her maiden name, Marion Chesney, including the Travelling Matchmaker and Daughters of Mannerling series. Using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, she has also written many popular mystery novels, most notably the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series. She has also written romance novels under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester.

Writing as Marion Chesney, her most recent endeavour is an Edwardian mystery series featuring Lady Rose Summer, a charming debutante with an independent streak, and Captain Harry Cathcart, an impoverished aristocrat. In a recent interview, she stated that she has ceased writing the Edwardian series due to the pressure of writing for the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Marion McChesney was born on 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, and has worked as a buyer of fiction for a Glasgow bookshop, theatre critic, newspaper reporter and editor. She married Middle East Correspondent Harry Scott Gibbons; they had a son Charles.[1] She had lived in the USA. She divides her time between a cottage in the Cotswolds and Paris.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

As Ann Fairfax[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • My Dear Duchess (1979)
  • Henrietta (1979)
  • Annabelle (1980)
  • Penelope (1982)

As Jennie Tremaine[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Kitty (1979)
  • Daisy (1980)
  • Lucy (1980)
  • Polly (1980)
  • Molly (1980)
  • Ginny (1980)
  • Tilly (1980)
  • Susie (1981)
  • Poppy (1982)
  • Sally (1982)
  • Maggie (1984)
  • Lady Anne's Deception (1986)

As Helen Crampton[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • The Marquis Takes a Bride (1980)
  • Marriage a la Mode (1980)
  • The Highland Countess (1981)

As Marion Chesney[edit]

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Single romances[edit]

  • Regency Gold (1980)
  • Lady Margery's Intrigue (1980)
  • The Constant Companion (1980)
  • Quadrille (1981)
  • My Lords, Ladies and Marjorie (1981)
  • The Ghost and Lady Alice (1982)
  • Love and Lady Lovelace (1982)
  • Duke's Diamonds (1982)
  • The Flirt (1985)
  • At The Sign of the Golden Pineapple (1987)
  • Miss Davenport's Christmas (1993)
  • The Chocolate Debutante (1998)

Westerby[edit]

  1. The Westerby Inheritance (1982)
  2. The Westerby Sisters (1982)

The Six Sisters[edit]

  1. Minerva (1983)
  2. The Taming of Annabelle (1983)
  3. Deirdre and Desire (1984)
  4. Daphne (1984)
  5. Diana the Huntress (1985)
  6. Frederica in Fashion (1985)

A House for the Season Series[edit]

  1. The Miser of Mayfair (1986)
  2. Plain Jane (1986)
  3. The Wicked Godmother (1987)
  4. Rake's Progress (1987)
  5. The Adventuress (1987)
  6. Rainbird's Revenge (1988)

The School for Manners[edit]

  1. Refining Felicity (1988)
  2. Perfecting Fiona (1989)
  3. Enlightening Delilah (1989)
  4. Finessing Clarissa (1989)
  5. Animating Maria (1990)
  6. Marrying Harriet (1990)

Waverley Women[edit]

  1. The First Rebellion (1989)
  2. Silken Bonds (1989)
  3. The Love Match (1989)

The Travelling Matchmaker[edit]

  1. Emily Goes to Exeter (1990)
  2. Belinda Goes to Bath (1991)
  3. Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (1991)
  4. Beatrice Goes to Brighton (1991)
  5. Deborah Goes to Dover (1992)
  6. Yvonne Goes to York (1992)

Poor relation[edit]

  1. Lady Fortescue Steps Out (1993)
  2. Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (1993) aka Miss Tonks Takes a Risk
  3. Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace (1993)
  4. Sir Philip's Folly (1993)
  5. Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue (1994)
  6. Back in Society (1994)

The Daughters of Mannerling[edit]

  1. The Banishment (1995)
  2. The Intrigue (1995)
  3. The Deception (1996)
  4. The Folly (1996)
  5. The Romance (1997)
  6. The Homecoming (1997)

Edwardian Murder Mystery[edit]

  1. Snobbery with Violence (2003)
  2. Hasty Death (2004)
  3. Sick of Shadows (2005)
  4. Our Lady of Pain (2006)

As Charlotte Ward[edit]

Single novel[edit]

  • The Westerby Inheritance (1982)

As M. C. Beaton[edit]

Hamish Macbeth series[edit]

  1. Death of a Gossip (1985)
  2. Death of a Cad (1987)
  3. Death of an Outsider (1988)
  4. Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)
  5. Death of a Hussy (1991)
  6. Death of a Snob (1992)
  7. Death of a Prankster (1992)
  8. Death of a Glutton (1993)
  9. Death of a Travelling Man (1993)
  10. Death of a Charming Man (1994)
  11. Death of a Nag (1995)
  12. Death of a Macho Man (1996)
  13. Death of a Dentist (1997)
  14. Death of a Scriptwriter (1998)
  15. Death of an Addict (1999)
  16. A Highland Christmas (1999)
  17. Death of a Dustman (2001)
  18. Death of a Celebrity (2002)
  19. Death of a Village (2003)
  20. Death of a Poison Pen (2004)
  21. Death of a Bore (2005)
  22. Death of a Dreamer (2006)
  23. Death of a Maid (2007)
  24. Death of a Gentle Lady (2008)
  25. Death of a Witch (2009)
  26. Death of a Valentine (2010)
  27. Death of a Sweep (2011)
  28. Death of a Kingfisher (2012)
  29. Death of Yesterday (2013)
  30. Death of a Policeman (2014)

Agatha Raisin series[edit]

  1. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1992)
  2. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (1993)
  3. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (1994)
  4. Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (1995)
  5. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (1996)
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist (1997)
  7. Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death (1998)
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham (1999)
  9. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden (1999)
  10. Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam (2000)
  11. Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell (2001)
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came (2002)
  13. Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate (2003)
  14. Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House (2003)
  15. Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance (2004)
  16. Agatha Raisin and the Perfect Paragon (2005)
  17. Agatha Raisin and Love, Lies and Liquor (2006)
  18. Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2007)
  19. Agatha Raisin and a Spoonful of Poison (2008)
  20. Agatha Raisin: There Goes The Bride (2009)
  21. Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body (2010)
  22. As the Pig Turns (2011)
  23. Hiss and Hers (2012)
  24. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (2013)
  25. The Blood of an Englishman (2014)

There is also the short story Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble (2012) and The Agatha Raisin Companion (2010) with introduction by M.C.Beaton.

Single novels[edit]

  • The Skeleton in the Closet (2001)
  • The Education of Miss Paterson (2014)
  • Ms. Davenport's Christmas (2014)

As Sarah Chester[edit]

Single novel[edit]

  • Dancing on the Wind (1988)

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