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Rumpole Misbehaves (Rumpole of the Bailey #15)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  715 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The next novel in the Rumpole series from the beloved and bestselling master of the court
The Rumpole novels have garnered legions of fans who show no sign of abandoning their favorite curmudgeonly British barrister. Now in "Rumpole Misbehaves," our hero takes on nothing less than the New Labour government when their ridiculous new Anti- Social Behavior Orders land a Tims
ebook, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jason Koivu
May 28, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor, mystery
The song remains the same, but there's something so likable about Rumpole, that old curmudgeon of a London barrister, that it doesn't matter if each book feels a little like a repeat.

On the surface, this story is just another Rumpole petty crime court case with the Timsons in-tow, however, sex slave trafficking turns out to be the seedy underbelly.

On the home front, Rumpole's wife Hilda is intrigued by the advances of a judge into studying for the bar, as well as participating in her usual pas
Jill Hutchinson
May 21, 2014 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a short book in the Rumpole series in which Rumpole hopes to be accepted as a QC and take the silk. Of course we know that it will never happen since he has teed off every judge on the bench but She Who Must Be Obeyed uses her relationship with one of the judges to push Rumpole to the forefront. In the meantime, the "Old Bailey hack" is defending one of the infamous Timsons.....this time it is a 12 year old who is accused of anti-social behavior. Not much of a case but it turns out there ...more
Dec 23, 2016 Stven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy distraction. Rumpole defends a 12-year-old accused of creating a disturbance in the course of playing football and a young clerk accused of strangling a prostitute. Those who seek justice must often travel a winding path.
Sandie Buto
Jan 18, 2017 Sandie Buto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listed to this in audio. The narration was superb. My first Rumpole experience. Nothing too deep within the stories but very entertaining.
Oct 13, 2016 Book-a-neer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rumpole is such a funny but lovable (to me) character. I like the way he thinks and explains away any situation. John Mortimer writes really well and as always I want to finish his book as quickly as I can.
Oct 15, 2016 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank goodness I finally finished. Wonder who picked this book club book. Not me, that is for sure.
Marc Maitland
This was always going to be a bittersweet moment for me reading the very last of the late Sir John Mortimer, Q.C.’s Rumpole books. It is no exaggeration to say I grew up reading Rumpole, and eagerly awaited every new book as they were published over the years and, since Sir John’s death in early 2009, I knew that there were not going to be any more. And now, the last has been read. Maybe I’ll read them all over again – it is bound to be an enjoyable experience again, this time from the perspecti ...more
Dec 29, 2016 Ronald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another typically good Rumpole novel, which I believe may have been Mortimer's last one. A client gets tried for killing a prostitute, a youngster is accused of antisocial behavior for chasing footballs in to neighbors' yards, Rumpole goes for silk as a QC, & Hilda makes a stab at the bar. So a little more stuff than usual. A quick read; I read it in one day.
James Johnston
Dec 14, 2016 James Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rumpole for Prime Minister!

Brilliant as always! Rumpled has left us now and the world is the worse because of that. RIP John Mortimer. SWMBO must carry on alone.
Janine Southard
(For anyone new to Goodreads, a 2-star rating translates as "it's okay"... not like 2 stars on Netflix.)

So, what makes this book so interesting is its emphasis that no matter how much you dislike a person, they still deserve justice. If any book has slammed home the points of due process and equality under the law for people you hate as much as this one, I'm not sure what it is. (Maybe the entire X-Men franchise?)

What's so cool, though, is that a modern reader can't help disliking *everyone*. Th
Matthew Gatheringwater
There is nothing new here. Rumpole has always repeated himself, but now he is like a tiresome old man that can manage to remember his punchlines but can't remember the name of the person to whom he's talking. All the jokes in Rumpole Misbehaves have already been told in previous Rumpole stories, which should have ended, in my opinion, with Rumpole and The Age for Retirement. In fact, I wish I could un-read all the books that came after that one.

My only real appreciation for this book is how it i
Alison C
John Mortimer is the well-loved author of the Rumpole of the Bailey stories, most of which have been in the short story format; more recently he's been writing short novels about his entertaining barrister, Horace Rumpole. In his most recent outing, Rumpole Misbehaves, we are treated to several cases on which the hero is working: a member of Timson tribe, those petty criminals with whom Rumpole spends a great deal of time in court, has been given an ASBO (anti-social behaviour order), a new law ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a Rumpole fan for years. I will be anxious to get a copy of this. Hopefully John Mortimer still has what it takes.

I just finished it Aug 2012. Not sure when I wrote the note above. If you are a Rumpole fan then you will enjoy this book.

I first became aware of Rumpole in the early 80s, when PBS broadcast the series. I did not often read novels but was on a buiness trip to Europe and getting reaady to board a flight for home from a London airport. I saw some Rumpole books on the stands
Feb 08, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a laugh! Rumpole is pulled into court for violating the Anti-Social Behavior Orders (ASBO), a violation of the orders he earlier was acting as defense for one of the young Timsons. Once again, Rumpole, with his disregard for adhering to convention, emphasizes the absurdity of such laws and edicts that punish people for behaving like normal human beings.

As in all the Rumpole adventures, the minor infraction of kicking a football into the street of an upscale neighborhood finally is tied to
This book was originally published as "The Anti-Social Behavior of Horace Rumpole, " a name that actually makes more sense than the U.S. title. This novel discusses the Anti-Social Behavior Orders laws in England. I had never heard of these laws, but apparently a group can bring an anti-social behavior order against someone who is doing something the group doesn't like, such as smoking, eating in the wrong place, playing soccer. A judge will consider the request and then make an order that prohi ...more
As usual with the Rumpole series, a witty, eloquent story which amply illustrates Mortimer's views of the rights and wrongs of modern society, without ever becoming ill-humoured or soapboxy.

It is a very, very slight volume, though. I'm glad I got it out of the library, because if I'd paid 18.99 for this very large print book, padded out with many blank pages, I'd feel quite ripped off.

Predictable, even by Rumpole standards, and I'm beginning to find the other incumbents of Equity Chambers just t
Wendy Howard
Horace Rumpole is probably familiar to you as a character in the tv series "Rumpole of the Bailey", which is based on the Horace Rumpole books. If you liked the program, I think you will like this book. The title attracted me first - I could just picture the sorts of things Rumpole would be getting up to here!

It did not disappoint. Rumpole is his usual old self, bewildering his colleagues and fighting the good fight for his clients - in this case, we start with a young boy who is being threatene
Rumpole is back for a new adventure, based on the 2007 novel.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2008.

The magician of the Old Bailey is at his implacable best as he defends our ancient freedoms, while remaining uneasy about exactly what Hilda is up to in her continuing friendship with a high court judge. Having avoided an ASBO, Rumpole is hoping to become a QC at last, as he prepares to defend a young man on a charge of murder.

Horace Rumpole ...... Timothy West
Hilda Rumpole ...... Prunella Sca
Oct 31, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of the polymath John Mortimer, author of serious non-fiction and fiction, creator of the inimitable Rumpole series, and a quondam barrister himself. At this point in their careers, both Rumpole and Mortimer are beginning to take it easy -- and why shouldn't they? Rumpole has solved crimes big and small through a dozen collection of stories and at least 2 novels by my count. By now, the plotting is a little thin and the formula a bit visible, but the book is still delightful in an ...more
Tristan Macavery
Rumpole becoming a QC? Hilda reading for the bar? Judge "Mad Bull" Bullingham actually supporting both applications? Has the world gone mad? Not quite, but close enough for it to be yet another delightful outing for my favorite Old Bailey hack. Few things are as delightful as revisiting these magnificent characters and seeing them spar brilliantly in and out of court. Pardon my gushing: I've yet to find a poor Rumpole story, and I'm likely to be a staunchly partisan judge of the books in this se ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rumpole Misbehaves by John Mortimer won’t disappoint Rumpole fans and other silly Anglophiles. Life in the nanny state catches up with the barrister when he is served with an ASBO (Anti-Social Behavior Order) for washing down a bit of cold steak and kidney pie with a glass of Pomeroy’s Very Ordinary in his room at Chambers, and must submit to being rescued by “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” i.e., his wife, Hilda, by way of her new admirer, Judge Bullingham. By the time the judge discovers the warmer c ...more
Feb 16, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-spy
Horace Rumpole is a perpetually 70 year old barrister, comfortably ensconced in his chambers, smoking stogies, drinking Pomeroy's Very Ordinary Claret, and quoting Wordsworth. His low points (he would have you believe) are at home with his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed. His high points are in court when he "rears up on his hind legs" for a cross-examination, battling against the prosecutor, the judge, and occasionally his partners to protect the presumption of innocence and defend his client.

It's very ironic that I just finished reading this 2 days ago, and then heard that the author, John Mortimer, died today. I have read ALL the Rumpole books and adore them. I've also read just about everything John Mortimer wrote. The Rumpole books are wonderful and I've loved every one of them. The reason I gave this only 3 stars is that it was a little fluff of a book -- very short and the story was pretty fluffy too based on the other books. But still...Rumpole will always be one of my favorit ...more
May 11, 2009 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this was somewhere in a series, but I didn't stop reading it because I doubt I will be rushing out to pick up more of these novels. It was a short and somewhat entertaining story about a member of the bar in England, with excerpts from his wife's memoirs which viewed Rumpole's antics from her point of view. In first person narrative throughout, sometimes he referred to himself in the third person, which I found to be a bit disconcerting (possibly because I was a trifle bored).
I could pro
Feb 12, 2010 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-bookshelf
John Mortimer's immortal creation, Brittish barrister Horace Rumpole, has outlived the actor, Leo McKern, who played him so wonderfully on film. Mortimer has continued to keep the wonderful curmudgeon alive and well, married to She Who Must Be Obeyed and drinking glasses of Chateau Thames Embankment at Pomeroy's Wine Bar. This outing sees our hero defending the youngest of the Timson clan against Anti Social Behavior Orders, a young civil servant charged with the murder of an illegal immigrant R ...more
May 02, 2010 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rumpole is one of those delightful characters, like the best of Wodehouse and Wilde, with whom it's simply a pleasure to spend time. Author John Mortimer is a snappy wordsmith, so the very act of reading is as much the pleasure as plot and character. As always, the slightly feckless Rumpole, eternally rumpled barrister of the Old Bailey, manages to astonish his nay-sayers and come out on top - almost.

With his formidable wife Hilda, She Who Must Be Obeyed, watching his every move, Rumpole bumble
Fred Kohn
This book was enjoyable enough, though not as much fun for me as Rumpole's Return. My dear sister Marilyn gave me a battered copy of the latter a while back, and I enjoyed it enough to pass it on to a friend for more battering. Marilyn told me that she and her husband used to enjoy watching the T.V. series, so with this in mind I have duly reserved a set of Rumpole of the Bailey episodes from our local public library for my wife and I to watch, and hopefully enjoy.
Mar 02, 2008 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This short novel finds the cantankerous Rumpole at his best, defending criminals, the innocent, and the British Constitution with equal vigor. The reason I gave it only three stars was that I read a lot of British police procedurals. There is a situation in the book, which I won't detail for fear of spoilers, but which seems impossible to me in light of what other authors have described as standard Scene of Crime procedure for any suspicious death. I gather it's been a long time since Mr. Mortim ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Bluenose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s short and the print is enormous and it’s expensive but it’s a new Rumpole so it’s OK. Mortimer mines the same formula and characters from all the other Rumpole stories and by god he’s still got it. This time the hook is Antisocial Behaviour which apparently can land you in jail in England. The plots are contrived but well woven together and saved by the appearances of Soapy Sam Ballard, Hilda, various Timsons, Judge “Bull” Bullingham and a host of other Rumpole standbys. As always, a marvel ...more
Mar 17, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, law
I must confess that I adore Rumpole stories. I am just a sucker for his whole curmudgeonly view of life and love of the law, the good cheer with which he drinks his Pommeroy's plonk and smokes his brown cigars, his grudging admiration for She Who Must Be Obeyed, the whole cast of characters in and out of chambers. This latest is a slim volume in large print, but you don't read Rumpole for weightiness anyway. Mortimer weaves in a bit of deft commentary on human trafficking, but mostly it's the us ...more
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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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