For the millions of readers who happen to be down in the dumps or who want a bedtime book that won’t induce nightmares, a “cosy” is going to be a better option than the gruesome serial killer yarn or the prize-winning crime novel offering a searing indictment of such modern evils as human trafficking or coercive control. On television in the 1990s, Midsomer Murders and Hamish Macbeth became hugely successful, but Caroline Graham and MC Beaton, the writers on whose books those series were based, did not top the bestseller lists. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. MC Beaton. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. I like bumping off nasty people,” admitted the author. © 2020 North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. MC Beaton, author of Agatha Raisin & Hamish MacBeth novels, dies at 83. “To keep writing in clear well-balanced sentences takes a lot of hard work and if anyone doesn’t want a Glasgow kiss, swallow that opinion and put it where the sun don’t shine.”. Perhaps the detective story would not have flourished as it did if it did not offer a war-weary readership a world in which events proceeded logically and evildoers were always satisfyingly punished; in Priestley’s words, the detective story “opposes to the vast mournful muddle of the real world its own tidy problem and neat solution.”. MC Beaton, died Monday at the age of 83 after a short illness. Photograph: Little Brown Multimillion-selling author Marion Chesney Gibbons, a.k.a. Nobody calls Agatha Christie cosy,” she told the Crime Hub in 2019. Whereas the great Val McDermid, famous for her grisly murders, is behind on the sales front – 16 million copies sold according to her website – and yet is a household name. “There were only 11. While public television audiences in America will be more than familiar with her novels through the Agatha Raisin mystery series, Beaton wrote over 160 books in her more than four decade career. Beaton! Kiss Myself Goodbye by Ferdinand Mount review: unearthing the secrets of a fabulously wicked aunt, Poem of the week: 'The fuss you made about your wedding veil' by Abigail Parry, Demonic possession and exorcism explained: a wild journey from sceptic to guardian against Satan, Look Again by David Bailey, review: a monstrous narcissist – and so compelling, Bolu Babalola interview: ‘Stop telling black writers they’re of the moment. Before her novel writing career began in 1979, Marion Chesney worked as a buyer of fiction for a Glasgow bookshop, theatre critic for the Scottish Daily Mail and as a newspaper reporter and editor for the Daily Express. Known throughout the world as the creator of the much loved fictional detectives Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, Beaton was consistently named the most borrowed adult author from UK libraries. Her most recent effort, Beating About The Bush, was her 30th Agatha Raisin Mystery and was published on 24th October of last year. Apart from MC Beaton, who used the question as an excuse to launch into some very funny stories about some of the horrible things she saw as a reporter in the 1950s, when her beat was the Glasgow slums, or the nefarious activities of the local Mafia hoods she befriended when she lived in Brooklyn. Get to know Agatha Raisin author, M.C. Agatha Christie and the other pioneers of the detective story made sharp observations on middle-class mores but they were not writing realistic fiction: Miss Marple, the elderly spinster who is a brilliant detective because of the knowledge of human nature she has gleaned from her years of observing life in a small village, is more a brilliantly ingenious concept than a convincing character.