Internal Chronology

Below is a listing of the events in the Corpus, arranged as near to chronological as possible. This doesn't necessarily follow publication order (especially with the short stories). A list of the Corpus in publication order can be found here.

The novels are indicated by upper case, the short stories by lower.

1920 The Man With The Copper Fingers
1921 The Attenbury Emeralds (not written up)
1921 July The Footsteps That Ran
1922 The Practical Joker
1922 November WHOSE BODY?
1923 October - 1924 January CLOUDS OF WITNESS
1924 April The Article in Question
1924/25 Winter The Dragon's Head
1925 A Matter of Taste
1925-26? The Cave of Ali Baba (as suggested by W. Scott-Giles, though Wimsey's age suggests 1928/9)
1926? The Man with No Face
1926 June Uncle Meleager's Will
1926/7 The Cat in the Bag
1927 Spring "Worplesham Affair" (ref in UNNA)
1927 April - June UNNATURAL DEATH
1927 November - December THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB
1928 August The Stolen Stomach
1928 November The Bone of Contention
1928? STRONG POISON
1928 September - 1930 November THE DOCUMENTS IN THE CASE
1929 Dec, 1930 April - May THE NINE TAILORS
1930 August -September THE FIVE RED HERRINGS
1931 June - July HAVE HIS CARCASE
1931 August The Image in the Mirror
1931 December The Queen's Square
1931 December The Necklace of Pearls
1932 September - 1933 February The Incredible Elopement of LPW
1933 May - July MURDER MUST ADVERTISE
1934 June GAUDY NIGHT (Harriet Vane at Shrewsbury Gaudy)
1934 Murder in "North of England", not written up (GAUD)
Absolutely Elsewhere
Striding Folly
Teeth of the Evidence
1935 March - June GAUDY NIGHT (college poltergeist)
1935 October BUSMAN'S HONEYMOON
1935 December - 1936 January THRONES, DOMINATIONS (completed by Jill Paton-Walsh)
1936 February The Case of the Masterkey (??--incomplete)
1936 October The Haunted Policeman
1939 November - 1940 January Wimsey on secret mission ("The Wimsey Papers")
1942 September Talboys

This chronology was compiled by list-member Susan Smith (Miss Martin), from the following sources:

Lee, Geoffrey A. The Chronology of Lord Peter Wimsey. Part I, "The Wimsey Saga: A Chronology". Dorothy L. Sayers Historical and Literary Society. March 1983.

Morris, John. The Chronology of Lord Peter Wimsey. Part II, "The Chronology of the Wimsey Stories". Dorothy L. Sayers Historical and Literary Society. March 1983.

Scowcroft, Philip. The Chronology of Lord Peter Wimsey. Part II, "The Dating of the Short Stories". Dorothy L. Sayers Historical and Literary Society. March 1983.

Dale, A.S. Fossils in Cloud-Cuckoo Land. 1978.