Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey is a fictional character in a series of detective novels and short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, in which he solves mysteries usually murder mysteries. The novels have a setting contemporary to when they were written, from the early 1920s to the late 1930s (or early 1940s if one includes A Presumption of Death). Wimsey is described as a man in early middle age, of at best average height with straw-colored hair and a vaguely foolish face (reputedly his looks were patterned after academic Roy Ridley), though he also possessed considerable athletic ability, especially at cricket. Sayers peppered the Wimsey stories with many locations and details from her own life, with her hero's abundant wealth being in contrast to the penury that led her to try her hand at detective fiction. Wimsey's London home is at 110A Piccadilly, W1, from which he moves upon his marriage to a townhouse on Audley Square, in the heart of Mayfair. The ancestral home of the Wimseys is Bredon Hall, Duke's Denver, Norfolk. The 'original' Denver is a village on the A10 near Downham Market in the west of the county; Duke's Denver (fictional like the dukedom it gives its name to) lies some fifteen miles beyond..
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