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Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Rumpole of the Bailey #12)

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With Rumpole Rests His Case, legions of fans welcomed back the curmudgeonly London barrister they had loved for years-and they are eager for more. The six new stories in Rumpole and the Primrose Path find Horace Rumpole-despite a heart attack that left him at death's door in the previous volume-deftly parrying everything from the admonitions of his wife, Hilda, to the vaga ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published 2002)
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John Mortimer is a master of wit and language gymnastics. His earlier books recounting the adventures of Rumpole of the Bailey were fun, funny, and delightful. Rumpole and the Primrose Path takes place after poor, portly Rumpose has had a "heart incident", to which he pays no mind. But rumors of his death have preceded him back to his Chambers, and his colleagues there are already planning his memorial service. When Rumpole hears about this extraordinary situation, and is told by his medical att ...more
Harry Casey
Rumpole is always a joy to read. Witty and funny yes but Mortimer often deals with situations that are important to people's lives. Try him , you won't be sorry.
Stuart Lutzenhiser
Mortimer is such a solid writer. These stories are (to my mind) much in the vein of P.G. Wodehouse. A set stock of characters. We as readers know who they are, roughly, and what they are likely to do. The author tells a brief (25-30 pages) story and the characters all interact and react to the events, advancing the plot to its resolution and amusing us at the same time. Sounds pretty easy to do? but it is not, I imagine. As so few writers do it as well as Mortimer or Wodehouse. Not high fiction ...more
Horace Rumpole has survived a heart attack and in these six stories he is attempting to get his life back to normal--despite his stay at the Primrose Path Home, the directives of Hilda (She Who Must Be Obeyed), his colleagues in Chambers who assume he is going to retire, and Luci, the new director of marketing who is determined to remake the image of Chambers while planning Rumpole's memorial service. Long Live Rumpole.
Tristan Macavery
This collection of six stories shows author John Mortimer in top form, presenting his clues and his conclusions with all of Rumpole's finesse and usual delightful blather. More than a "cozy," less than a thriller, these legal/courtroom puzzles are sure to please. Those of us who treasure the late Leo McKern's performances as Rumpole will hear him narrating in our heads -- an added treat to an already tasty set of stories.
Marc Maitland
Another amusing romp "down the Bailey" as the eponymous barrister would say. Unlike so much tripe in television and film Court reconstructions, Rumpole's Courtroom scenes owe a frightening debt to reality, even if some of the tales are a tad far-fetched. But, believe me, Judges like the "Mad Bull" and criminal familes like the Timsons who provide generations of lawyers with a staple income, do exist aplenty!
Worth it for the title story alone (Rumpole escapes a nursing home in the middle of the night), but several of the other stories have nice twists. No big surprises for Rumpole fans, but lots of comforting escapism.
There's always room for Rumpole. When the world gets you down, one of these stories will lighten your day and let you enjoy the world again. As always, great fun.
i so much enjoy the play with language. I have to say that I will never cease smiling each time I hear, "she who must be obeyed". What fun!
These are a series of stories that nicely lead from one to the next giving the stories a novel-like feel.
Guaranteed to make me laugh out loud - and perfect for travel reading. Mortimer was a magician.
Funny and clever, as are all the Rumpole books. A pleasant light read.
John Carter
To make it brief (no pun intended): there is no such thing as a bad Rumpole.
Pretty bood. Just short stories of Rumpole's various cases.
Brian Steed
I’m so glad that Mortimer is still cranking these collections out.
The last trip to the Old Bailey with Rumpole.
Simon Ruddell
Perhaps the most enjoyable Rumpole yet.
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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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