Lord Peter Wimsey
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Timeline of Lord Peter's Life


  • Lord Peter Wimsey born

ca. 1895

  • Peter’s sister, Lady Mary, born

ca. 1900

  • Harriet Vane born


  • Peter learns to be a “man of the world” from his maternal uncle, Paul Delagardie


  • Peter goes to Balliol College at Oxford to read History


  • Peter plays cricket for Oxford
  • Peter’s father breaks his neck while hunting; consequently, Peter’s older brother Gerald becomes the new Duke of Denver


  • Peter graduates from Balliol College, Oxford with First Class Honours in the School of Modern History
  • Peter falls in love with 17-year-old Barbara


  • Peter’s nephew, Lord Saint-George (a.k.a. Jerry or Gherkins), born
  • Peter begins serving in the First World War as a Major in the Rifle Brigade


  • Peter is made a Captain
  • Barbara marries another man


  • Peter buried alive in a shell-hole. His men rescue him, but he develops shell-shock.
  • Peter has a nervous breakdown, which lasts until 1920.


  • Peter moves to his new flat at 110a, Piccadilly. He is accompanied by his new valet, Bunter, who had served with him during the war
  • April: “The Abominable History of the Man with Copper Fingers”


  • Peter is involved in the Attenbury Emerald case. During the investigation, he meets Charles Parker of Scotland Yard. Later, Peter testifies at the trial.
  • June: “The Vindictive Story of the Footsteps that Ran”


  • April: “The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question”
  • Nov: Whose Body?; “The Undignified Melodrama of the Bone of Contention”


  • Feb: Mary becomes engaged to Denis Cathcart
  • Oct. 14: Cathcart dies; the Duke of Denver arrested for murder. (Clouds of Witness)


  • June: “The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager’s Will”
  • Aug: “The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face”


  • “The Unprincipled Affair of the Practical Joker”
  • Oct: “The Learned Adventure of the Dragon’s Head” (featuring a young Gherkins)


  • “The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste”
  • March: “The Piscatorial Farce of the Stolen Stomach”


  • Harriet Vane meets Philip Boyes, the man that she would later be accused of murdering
  • April to June: Unnatural Death
  • Summer: “The Fantastic Horror of the Cat in the Bag”
  • Nov. to Dec: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
  • Dec. 1927 to Dec. 1929: Peter goes undercover in a crime ring in “The Adventurous Exploit of the Cave of Ali Baba


  • ca. Dec. 15: Harriet Vane's first trial ends. (Strong Poison)
  • Dec. 31: Peter has a car accident near Fenchurch St. Paul. (The Nine Tailors)


  • Jan: Charles Parker and Lady Mary engaged.
  • Mid-Jan: Harriet’s second trial begins; she is found innocent
  • Easter: Peter returns to Fenchurch St. Paul to investigate mysterious body.
  • Aug: Peter on holiday in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. (Five Red Herrings)
  • Christmas: Peter back in the Fens


  • ca. Jan: Two weeks of severe flooding in the Fens
  • June 18: Harriet finds a body on a beach (Have His Carcase)
  • June 19: Peter arrives to help Harriet with the investigation.
  • July 8: Peter and Harriet go to London together after solving the case
  • ca. July: Harriet travels around Europe until June 1932.
  • Nov: “The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey”


  • June to July: “Death Bredon” works at Pym’s Publicity (Murder Must Advertise)
  • Sept: “The Image in the Mirror”
  • Dec: “The Queen’s Square”
  • Christmas: “The Necklace of Pearls”


  • Fall: “Absolutely Elsewhere”
  • Oct: “Striding Folly”


  • Feb: “In the Teeth of the Evidence”
  • June: Harriet goes to the Shrewsbury Gaudy, which is a reunion for graduates of her college. (Gaudy Night)


  • March: Harriet returns to Shrewsbury to find the anonymous letter writer who has the entire college on edge.
  • May 19: Harriet accepts Peter’s proposal
  • Oct. 8: Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey are married at St. Cross Church, Oxford.
  • Oct to Jan. 1936: Busman’s Honeymoon


  • Jan. to April: Thrones, Dominations
  • Nov: “The Haunted Policeman;” the Wimseys’ first son born


  • Nov. to June 1940: A Presumption of Death; Peter spends much of this book working undercover for the Foreign Office

ca. 1942

  • “Talboys”