M.C. Beaton (1936-2019) was the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have sold more than twenty-one million copies worldwide. She is consistently the most borrowed UK adult author in British libraries, and her Agatha Raisin books have been turned into a TV series on Sky.
The bucolic romantic entanglements sizzle . . . Beaton is like a less explicit Jilly Cooper . . . She also has a rebarbative wit that is worth any amount of gritty realism * Daily Telegraph * Agatha is like Miss Marple with a drinking problem, a pack-a-day habit and major man lust. In fact, I think she could be living my dream life * Entertainment Weekly * M. C. Beaton's imperfect heroine is an absolute gem * Publishers Weekly * Agatha Raisin is sharp, witty, hugely intelligent, unfailingly entertaining. . . M C Beaton has created a new national treasure... the stories zing along and are irresistible, unputdownable, a joy -- Anne Robinson Full of perfectly pitched interest, intrigue, and charm -- Lee Child The detective novels of M C Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status * The Times * A Beaton novel is like The Archers on speed * Daily Mail * No wonder she's been crowned Queen of Cosy Crime * Mail on Sunday * Every new Agatha Raisin escapade is a total joy -- Ashley Jensen