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Rumpole's Last Case (Rumpole of the Bailey #6)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Rumpole is on the job again, with his taste for claret, his penchant for poetry, and his reputation of a good story. This time, several interesting cases of murder and suspicious doings pass through chambers.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 7th 1990 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Would have been a 5 but the narrator (it was audible) was only so-so. Not gravely enough. Leo McKearn has ruined me for all other Rumpoles.
I think perhaps I am not really old enough (although I am no youngster) British enough or male enough to fully appreciate Rumpole. Somehow, I just don't get the adulation. It's well written but god so boring and so dry that it's long since crusted over.
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Vicki Cline
Another bunch of stories about that inimitable barrister, Horace Rumpole. In "Rumpole and the Official Secret" he defends a middle-aged eccentric clerical worker from charges that she leaked official secrets, to wit, the budget in her department for "biscuits" aka cookies. And in "Rumpole's Last Case" he's about to tell off Judge Bullingham because he's about to come into a fortune after betting on the horse races. I'll leave it to you to guess whether he actually quits.
Sep 04, 2012 bella added it
I'm going to review each story with a mini-review as I read through this one.

Rumpole & the Blind Tasting - Rumpole experiences his first wine tasting, which helps him with a case for the infamous Timsons, when they are charged with stealing cases of wine. It is always fun seeing Rumpole in court against Judge "Bull" Bullington, and the reader gets a taste of why Rumpole loves his wine so much. We also see the first introduction of Liz Probert. Excellent story!
just for the fun of it. totally british eccentric. what's not to like? a barrister who knows how to solve cases while standing in court. and then there is his wife, hilda -- she who must be obeyed. pure fun.
Aug 14, 2009 Rose added it
Shelves: 2009, fiction
I didn't know this collection of Rumpole stories existed, and thought I had exhausted the canon. Happily, I was wrong, and Mortimer delivers another lot of sharp and witty stories.
It's always fun to catch up with the greatest barrister of all time. Listened to the audio version read by Bill Wallis.
Hilarious, with bittersweet observations.
Rumpole up to his old tricks! Gotta love it!
As always, Rumpole is a delight.
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John Clifford Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole.

John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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