This Scottish ball of fire known as M.C. Beaton was the prolific author of two popular mystery series starring her creatively-named detectives Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth.  I began reading her after being given an Agatha Raisin novel several years ago, and I proceeded to read every book in that series.  I moved on to the Hamish Macbeth series, which is set in her native Scotland. I then discovered that, prior to writing mysteries, she wrote hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of Regency romances.  My favorite little series of hers is a four-book Edwardian mystery series, beginning with the title Our Lady of Pain.  She is a loss to the mystery genre and will be greatly missed.

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