Rosamund, it is great to here someone else loves reading M.C. Beaton. I love Agatha Raisin some of the things she says are so funny.
If you haven't already, check out her Hamish Macbeth books. They are equally as good.
One Thursday my mum gave me a thick book, which had Little Women, Good Wives and Little Men in it. So I have been staying up until 2.00am to read them. I finished on Saturday night.
I think I got more out of them as an adult than when I read them as a kid. I am now looking forward to re-reading Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins and A Rose In Bloom.
It is amazing that books written in the 1880's are still relevant in their morals today.
After reading these books, I spent all of Sunday and Monday doing housework instead of being slothful, as Louisa May Alcott made me feel so guilty.