Marion Chesney Gibbons, who wrote the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin cozy mystery series under the name M. C. Beaton and historical romances and mysteries as Marion Chesney, died on Dec. 30, 2019, at the age of 83.
Chesney was born in Glasgow in 1936. She married Harry Scott Gibbons, a Middle East correspondent, and had one son. Her first novels, all historical romances, began appearing 1979 under the names Anne Fairfax and Jenny Tremaine, pseudonyms she continued to use for several years. She also wrote as Helen Crampton and Charlotte Ward. Her first novel as Marion Chesney was published in 1980. As M. C. Beaton, Chesney published the first Hamish MacBeth mystery in 1985, and the first Agatha Raisin mystery in 1992; both series were adapted as TV series.
- The romance world is in an uproar over RWA’s inappropriate and secretive handling of ethics complaints against Courtney Milan, brought by several author/editors whom Milan had called out for racism. The resulting uproar has highlighted not only serious problems with RWA’s procedures and leadership, but also a history of systemic bigotry. I posted about it on Monday and updated Thursday, with links to several excellent articles (which in turn link to much of the documentation.)
- What I Accomplished in the Last Decade: Classic Literary Edition (Fiona Taylor, McSweeney’s)
- In Library Renovations, When Do Discussions of Accessiblity Arise? (Emily Stochl, Book Riot) This well-written article is worth reading not only in terms of making libraries accessible to people with disabilities, but other buildings as well.
- The 10 Best Literary Film Adaptations of the Decade. Plus more than 10 runners-up. (Literary Hub)
- The 20 Best Novels of the Decade. Mostly literary fiction rather than genre fiction, but it does include N. K. Jemison’s Hugo Award-winning SFF blockbuster, The Fifth Season.
- Read Harder 2020: A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novella. 10 novellas under 120 pages, from H.G. Wells to Nnedi Okorafor.