Timeline of Lord Peter's Life
- Peter’s sister, Lady Mary, 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