'Nods to' or 'cameos of' Lord Peter in modern novels

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'Nods to' or 'cameos of' Lord Peter in modern novels

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1Katissima
Jun 18, 2007, 1:14pm

I thought we might collect nods to or cameos of Lord Peter in other novels.

I can think of two off the top of my head:

Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog

Laurie R. King A Letter of Mary

2waiting4morning
Jun 18, 2007, 6:48pm

You beat me to A Letter of Mary... though I think there is a very obscure reference to LPW in Beekeeper's Apprentice--some line about Holmes' acquaintences running the gambit from safe breakers to the younger son of a duke.

This isn't literary, but I believe there was a 'Fraisier' episode where Niles dressed up as Lord Peter for Halloween or something like that.

3Katissima
Jun 18, 2007, 11:34pm

I think you are right about Beekeeper's Apprentice. I wish Laurie R. King would do another Lord Peter cameo; I enjoyed it.

4parelle
Jun 19, 2007, 10:44am

I first met Lord Peter in both of those books :)

LRK can't do another cameo because Lord Peter is still under copyright - and the Sayer estate put their foot down. Alas!

5Katissima
Jun 19, 2007, 11:14am

Of course, that makes sense. I have to admit, I didn't really enjoy Jill Paton Walsh's Lord Peter books (speaking of somone who has the blessing of the Sayers estate). I know that the first one was an incomplete manuscript of Sayers, but they just didn't feel right.

6waiting4morning
Jul 6, 2007, 1:13pm

This may not count since it's not a novel, but author Stephen King made a nod to LPW in his article about the end of the Harry Potter series here.

It's a very good article too.

7parelle
Jul 7, 2007, 7:12pm

He gets extra bonus points from mentioning the Aubrey-Maturin series from me.

That said, Stephen King also tried his hand at a Wimsey novel himself.

8waiting4morning
Editado: Jul 10, 2007, 9:06pm

Though my respect for King as a writer is upped a notch by the fact that he attempted a Wimsey novel... I don't know if I can forgive the slaying of Harriet.

Interesting, though. He probably never would have gotten it past the Sayers' estate if he tried to publish--though maybe they weren't as watch-dogish back then?

9Katissima
Ago 10, 2007, 10:36am

In Street of the Five Moons, Vicky (heroine...although she might protest the stereotypes associated with the word!) mentions that "Sir" John "Smythe" reminds her of Lord Peter:

"He reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey--not only the fair hair and the skin scarcely darkened by the Roman sun, but the air of mild contempt. You couldn't say his nose was big, but it seemed to dominate his face, and although he was sitting down and I was standing, he gave me the impression of looking down his nose at me."

I heard a rumor that Elizabeth Peters is going to write a new Vicky Bliss novel! Yay!

10hanniganite
Jul 31, 2010, 12:34am

Murder in Pastiche by Marion Mainwaring.

11alaudacorax
Sep 18, 2017, 5:24am

>2 waiting4morning:, >3 Katissima:

When I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice I very quickly thought, "That's not Sherlock Holmes - that's Lord Peter Wimsey!" I remember it as a good read, but as a Sherlock Holmes novel I thought it completely failed.