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Agatha Raisin Books In Order [MC Beaton’s Complete Series of 30+]

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Last Updated on December 25, 2022 by Mary Elle

Regardless of whether you’re already a huge fan of Agatha Raisin mysteries, or you’ve only just been introduced to this charming sleuth, Agatha Raisin currently has quite a few adventures under her belt and keeping track of them all can be a bit of a challenge. So this complete list of Agatha Raisin books in order will help you keep everything organized and not miss out on any of Agatha’s adventures (or misadventures)!

So, are you already familiar with Agatha Raisin?

If not, let me introduce you. The Agatha Raisin books are what I would consider traditional British cozy mysteries that feature an amateur sleuth. Agatha Raisin is that sleuth.

Agatha Raisin is a fictional London PR executive who recently retired to the lovely Cotswolds. She’s trying to build her new life in a small village in the Cotswolds, but quickly learns that she’ll have to be a resident there for a long time before she’s considered a “local.” After all, many people in the village think those who arrived 30 years ago are still newcomers!

It doesn’t sound like this is going to be an easy transition for Agatha. But, she stays busy by sticking her nose into small village business, and sometimes that leads to murder! Agatha, of course, is on hand to lend a helping hand to solve the crime. Much to the dismay of the local authorities who definitely don’t welcome her snooping.

Agatha Raisin has many, many adventures so this list of all the Agatha Raisin books in order should help you sort that out.

Who Is the Author of Agatha Raisin?

 

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Most of the Agatha Raisin mysteries were written by M.C. Beaton, a Scottish author, born in Glasgow, Scotland.

M.C. Beaton is actually a pseudonym. The author’s real name is Marion Chesney Gibbons. Sadly, Marion passed away in 2019.

Marion Chesney Gibbons’ (a.k.a. M C Beaton) writing career began in 1979 when she began writing romances. She was a very prolific author and has written well over 100 books under various pseudonyms. In reality, I think she has written probably closer to 200 books than 100, many of which are part of several series that she wrote for years! Her most well-known book series are the Agatha Raisin mysteries and the Constable Hamish Macbeth books.

Is The Agatha Raisin Book Series Over?

So, you may be wondering what’s happening now with the Agatha Raisin books because sadly, the author Marion Chesney Gibbons/M.C. Beaton is no longer with us since she passed away in 2019.

If you’re already a fan of Agatha Raisin, you have no need to worry!

The writing of these books has been taken over by a friend of hers, R.W. Green.

R.W. Green started collaborating with Marion on writing these books and he is shown as a co-author starting with book #31 of the series, Hot To Trot which was published in 2020. In a foreword inside that book, he wrote that he started working with Marion as she was recovering from an illness that made sitting at a keyboard writing almost impossible for her. As he helped her more and more and began contributing his own ideas to the story, it made sense for him to eventually take over the series.

It’s great to know that, for now at least, we’ll be able to look forward to more Agatha Raisin books.

Here’s that complete list of the Agatha Raisin books in order.

Agatha Raisin Books In Order – Agatha Raisin Mysteries

Agatha Raisin Books In Order – Short Stories

These short stories also feature Agatha Raisin.

In What Order Should I Read the Agatha Raisin Books?

I would recommend that you read the Agatha Raisin mysteries in the order of publication shown above. That way, you’ll get the most enjoyment out of the series, because the story and Agatha’s situation and adventures sort of advance a bit with each book. Best to read them in order!

Agatha Raisin Books In Order – Conclusion

The Agatha Raisin series is a witty, fun, comedy-drama cozy mystery series set in Great Britain and featuring a female amateur sleuth named Agatha Raisin. If you like cozy mysteries, you may love Agatha Raisin.

And, if the long list of Agatha Raisin books in order doesn’t keep you quite busy enough and you need more of Agatha Raisin, you’ll be happy to know that the Agatha Raisin mysteries have been made into an Acorn/Sky TV series starring Ashley Jensen. The series pilot was done in 2014, and there have now been 4 seasons of the series. Season 5 of Agatha Raisin is supposed to be coming in February of 2023.

If you want to take a peek at the TV series on TV, here you go:

So all in all, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy some Agatha Raisin fun if you’re so inclined!


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