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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 912 recs in 209 fandoms; 64 links

Lord Peter Wimsey

Charles Parker

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]

Where All Past Years Are by Atalan

'Charles is not an imaginative man.' This tightly structured vignette offers abundant character insights as it poses an interesting question

[Added 11/11/2008; Character Piece; <1000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Charles Parker]


Harriet Vane

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]

In The Beginning by Sonetka

'The back of the book displayed a more welcome sight; his own face, or rather, his own face as it had been eight years ago, when Philip Boyes was the handsome young author of the much-discussed if poorly-selling Abhasa. Dark curls artfully rumpled, the younger, optimistic Philip stared out at the current version, and looked distinctly unimpressed.' A thoughtful novella that attempts to elucidate why Harriet agreed to live with Boyes. Sonetka fleshes the man out, giving him believable motivations without whitewashing him

[Added 18/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Harriet Vane, Philip Boyes, Ryland Vaughan, Norman Urquhart, Sylvia Marriott, Eiluned Price, Marjorie Phelps]

Scarce Any Man by Atalan

'Harriet privately thought that possession of a tea tray said less about one's bourgeois leanings than about the impracticality of juggling two mugs, a glass tumbler, and a bottle of not-terribly expensive champagne...' Delicate study of Harriet's life before Strong Poison, beautifully characterised & full of telling details

[Added 18/07/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Harriet Vane, Eiluned Price, Sylvia Marriott, Philip Boyes, Ryland Vaughan]

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]


Katherine Climpson

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]


Lady Mary Wimsey

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]


Lord Peter Wimsey

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]

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]


Mervyn Bunter

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 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]

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]


Miscellaneous

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]

In The Beginning by Sonetka

'The back of the book displayed a more welcome sight; his own face, or rather, his own face as it had been eight years ago, when Philip Boyes was the handsome young author of the much-discussed if poorly-selling Abhasa. Dark curls artfully rumpled, the younger, optimistic Philip stared out at the current version, and looked distinctly unimpressed.' A thoughtful novella that attempts to elucidate why Harriet agreed to live with Boyes. Sonetka fleshes the man out, giving him believable motivations without whitewashing him

[Added 18/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Harriet Vane, Philip Boyes, Ryland Vaughan, Norman Urquhart, Sylvia Marriott, Eiluned Price, Marjorie Phelps]

Scarce Any Man by Atalan

'Harriet privately thought that possession of a tea tray said less about one's bourgeois leanings than about the impracticality of juggling two mugs, a glass tumbler, and a bottle of not-terribly expensive champagne...' Delicate study of Harriet's life before Strong Poison, beautifully characterised & full of telling details

[Added 18/07/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey; Characters: Harriet Vane, Eiluned Price, Sylvia Marriott, Philip Boyes, Ryland Vaughan]