M. C. Beaton has been hailed as the "new Queen of Crime"" (The Globe and Mail)." Chosen as the British guest of honor at Bouchercon 2006, she is the author of eighteen previous Agatha Raisin novels, the Hamish Macbeth series, and an Edwardian mystery series published under the name Marion Chesney. Born in Scotland, she currently divides her time between Paris and the English Cotswolds.
Acclaim for M. C. Beaton and Agatha Raisin: "Few things in life are more satisfying than to discover a brand-new Agatha Raisin mystery." ---"The Tampa Tribune ""[Agatha] is a glorious cross between Miss Marple, Auntie Mame, and Lucille Ball, with a tad of pit bull tossed in. She's wonderful." ---"St. Petersburg"" Times ""Beaton has a winner in the irrepressible, romance-hungry Agatha." ---"Chicago"" Sun-Times ""Anyone interested in...intelligent, amusing reading will want to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Agatha Raisin." -"--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ""M. C. Beaton has a foolproof plot for the village mystery." ---"The New York Times Book Review ""[M. C. Beaton] is Britain's successor to Dame Agatha Christie. If you've never read an Agatha Raisin novel, it's time to start.... All of them are cunningly plotted, beautifully written, and more fun than you can imagine." ---"The Globe and Mail ""Outwardly bossy and vain, inwardly insecure and vulnerable, Agatha grows more endearing with each installment." ---"The Cleveland Plain Dealer ""Beaton's Agatha Raisin series just about defines the British cozy." -"--Booklist"