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Lord Peter Wimsey

Lord Peter Wimsey

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A Brief History of the Patronage of Beatie Wilson by AlexElizabeth

'Beatie found death interesting. Men and women and children across the country, across the world, were dead and burned, gassed and shelled, their towns and possessions and lives reduced to rubble along with their souls. Beatie felt a kind of vague, unfocused sympathy for humanity in the summer of 1945.' A refreshing absence of saccharine marks this thoughtful postscript to Gaudy Night, which details the fate of Annie Wilson's eldest daughter. Peter & Harriet's voices are perfect, and I particularly enjoyed the depiction of their relationship. (Crossover with Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeons)

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Beatie Wilson, Peter Wimsey, Harriet Wimsey, Annie Wilson, Arthur Robinson, Mrs Jukes, Miss Chadwick & Miss Bulstrode (Poirot), OCs; Crossover]

Death in the Tuileries by Dafna Greer

'He was less clear on whether that meant they assumed he would find nothing, or that there was indeed nothing to find.' Crisp and spare account of Wimsey's first case, set during WW1

[Added 03/01/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter, Original characters]

The Frivolous Fable of a Spinster's Suspicions by Nineveh

'"May I enquire, Lord Peter," said Miss Climpson, proffering his refurbished tea-cup, "as to your opinions of White Slavery?"' Sparkling humour & excellent characterisations, including a gem of an OC, mark this gentle mystery for Miss Climpson & the Cattery. Nineveh also skilfully intertwines the rocky beginnings of Peter & Harriet's relationship into the tale

[Added 18/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Katherine Climpson, Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Original characters]

The Healing Fountain, or, The English Aristocrat’s Gentleman’s Gentleman’s Gymslip Lover by Nineveh

'It was true that Wimsey’s preferred reading material did not usually feature young schoolgirls chafing under the restrictive guardianship of a cold, man-hunting mother and a socialite aunt, but it held to the promised standard of English and a surprising lightness of touch considering the title.' Wimsey's dry viewpoint provides the perfect counterpoint to the purple prose of Hilary Thorpe's first novel. Enormous fun!

[Added 05/09/2012; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Hilary Thorpe, Mervyn Bunter, Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane]

Kitty by Mrsredboots

'She also learnt – slowly and painfully, and not without some embarrassing mistakes – to notice other things; to know that if Mrs X was not in church, it was probably because her husband had come home drunk again and slapped her around, whereupon a tactful visit next day might be appreciated, but if Mrs Y was absent, it was probably because she herself had been in the pub all night.' An interesting possible backstory for Kitty Climpson, with the perfect vehicle for her coming to Peter's attention

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Kitty Climpson, Honoria Wimsey, Peter Wimsey, OCs]

London, November 1917 by Atropos

'He listened as he sat for them, drank with them, fucked on rumbled beds and lumpy sofas, sucking up the words, and images scattered across their crumb-strewn floors, pinned to plaster walls, pasted onto fading wallpaper.' This unusual war-time story gives Bunter a completely non-fanonical background. Dark & atmospheric

[Added 15/07/2012; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Mervyn Bunter, Lord Peter Wimsey]

Tell Beauty How She Blasteth by Tree and Leaf

'There were white roses on the bench, and in the dim light of the Old Bailey they looked almost ashen.' This AU to Strong Poison relentlessly explores its grim premise. The persevering reader is rewarded with perfect characterisations throughout

[Added 15/07/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Charles Parker, Katherine Climpson, Mervyn Bunter, Dowager Duchess]

The Unlikely Story of a Nobleman's Daughter by Dafna Greer

An unusual case for the great detective. Beautifully written and hilarious from line 1

[Added 13/01/2005; Humour; 2500-6000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey, Lady Mary Wimsey, Charles Parker, Mervyn Bunter]