Marion Gibbons (née Chesney; 10 June 1936[1][2] – 30 December 2019)[3] was a Scottish writer of romance and mystery novels since 1979. She wrote numerous successful historical romance novels under a form of her maiden name, Marion Chesney, including the Travelling Matchmaker and Daughters of Mannerling series.

Marion Chesney Gibbons
Chesney in 2006
Chesney in 2006
BornMarion Chesney
(1936-06-10)10 June 1936
Glasgow, Scotland
Died30 December 2019(2019-12-30) (aged 83)
Pen nameAnn Fairfax,
Jennie Tremaine,
Helen Crampton,
Marion Chesney,
Charlotte Ward,
M. C. Beaton,
Sarah Chester
OccupationWriter
LanguageEnglish
ResidenceCotswold, England
Paris, France
NationalityScottish
Period1979–2019
GenreRomance, mystery, historical
SpouseHarry Scott Gibbons
ChildrenCharles Gibbons
Website
mcbeaton.com/uk/

Using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, she also wrote many popular mystery novels, most notably the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series. Both of these book series have been adapted for TV. She also wrote romance novels under the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, Helen Crampton, Charlotte Ward, and Sarah Chester.

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

BiographyEdit

Marion Chesney was born on 10 June 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland, and 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.[4] She had lived in the USA. She divided her time between a cottage in the Cotswolds and Paris.[5] She died on 30 December 2019, at the age of 83.[3]

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References and sourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Marion Chesney Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 10 June 1936 - Google Search". www.google.com.
  2. ^ Congress, The Library of. "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". id.loc.gov.
  3. ^ a b Obituaries, Telegraph (31 December 2019). "MC Beaton, prolific author who created the phlegmatic PC Hamish Macbeth and the amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin – obituary" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  4. ^ Marion Chesney Official Biography
  5. ^ M.C. Beaton
  6. ^ Marion Chesney at Fantastic Fiction

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