MC Beaton, author of the beloved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series has died at age 83.

From The Bookseller:

“Success came to her later in life but she made up for lost time – since 2011 she had been the most borrowed UK adult author in British libraries and her M C Beaton titles have sold in excess of 21 million copies worldwide,” L, B said in a statement. “However, she hated being referred to as a ‘cosy’ writer, saying that if anyone called her books cosy she’d give them a Glasgow Kiss. She always saw herself more as an entertainer than author.”

From Krystyna Green, editorial director at Constable & Robinson: “This is just such a sad end to the year.” We can’t help but agree.

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