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by John Mortimer

ISBN: 0142004863
ISBN13: 978-0142004869
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books (November 30, 2004)
Pages: 224
Category: Mystery
Subategory: Thriller

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John Mortimer is the author of eleven other Rumpole books, many of which formed the basis for the PBS-TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. His work also includes many novels and plays and three volumes of autobiography.

John Mortimer is the author of eleven other Rumpole books, many of which formed the basis for the PBS-TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. A former barrister at the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court, Mortimer, who was knighted in 1998, lives in Oxfordshire, England. Published by the Penguin Group.

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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.

Coming cold to John Mortimer's latest volume of short stories, Rumpole and the Primrose Path, feels rather like . It is clear that he has no interest in venturing down the primrose path at this precise moment

Coming cold to John Mortimer's latest volume of short stories, Rumpole and the Primrose Path, feels rather like entering a jolly party as it is coming to a close, or eavesdropping on men who were once at prep school together. It is clear that he has no interest in venturing down the primrose path at this precise moment. There are a few nods to contemporary concerns (a trademark, one understands, of Rumpole cases: he is surprisingly right-on): pensions companies going belly-up; invasion of privacy; donations to political parties; and prison overcrowding. In most cases, a subplot tackles this theme from a different angle, using Rumpole's friends and colleagues to illustrate the point.

Sir John Mortimer was a barrister, playwright and novelist. His fictional political trilogy of Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets has recently been republished in Penguin Classics, together with Clinging to the Wreckage and his play A Voyage round My Father. His most famous creation was the barrister Horace Rumpole, who featured in four novels and around eighty short stories.

Rumpole and the Primrose Path - six hilarious crime capers starring John Mortimer's iconic character'Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal' P. D James, Mail on Sunday'I thank heaven for small mercies. The first of these is Rumpole' Clive James, ObserverRumpole was last seen in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it.

Stylist from a unisex hairdressing salon whose jeans seem in constant danger of sliding off her narrow hips, and a worried grandmother. Often these apparently predictable types can spring surprising verdicts.

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.

Release Date:November 2004. Publisher:Penguin Books. Books related to Rumpole and the Primrose Path. Where There's a Will.

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.

At the end of the previous book, Rumpole Rests His Case, we were left with a Rumpole who was clearly dying -- giving his final summing up from his hospital bed to a room full of fellow patients. But the beginning of RUMPOLE AND THE PRIMROSE PATH brings a Rumpole on the road to recovery, finding an interesting mystery while still confined to his hospital room. Of the death of his fictional creation Inspector Morse, author Colin Dexter said that he didn't kill him; he simply let Morse die. Somehow I don't think John Mortimer is ready to let go of Rumpole just yet.

The fictional universe inhabited by Rumpole is a strange place. Ever since the series began in the late 1970s, Rumpole has been on the cusp of retirement. But as we reach ever further into the 21st century, Rumpole hasn't seen to have significantly aged. (It should be noted that it was back in 1980 that Mortimer first utilized the "Rumpole returning from retirement/illness" plot line.) Some fans may find this bemusing. I actually find it very entertaining. The anachronistic Rumpole living in a world where his old-fashioned Chambers has both a website and an image consultant provides amusement for those of us who have been following his adventures for some time.

In this particular collection of short stories, Rumpole sees himself slowly working back to full strength after the heart attack he suffered at the end of the last book. Paying as much attention to medical advice as he does to judges and instructing solicitors, he leaps back into the swing of things, annoying his coworkers and defending the apparently indefensible.

The stories here follow the usual pattern that Mortimer has developed over the years. Rumpole is given what appears to be an utterly hopeless case (alternatively he may be forced to have a leader or for some other reason isn't the chief defender). The themes brought up by the case will be mirrored either in his dealings with his fellow members of chambers or in his relationship with She Who Must Be Obeyed (his wife, if you didn't know). Rumpole will discover some missing element, which turns the main plot on its head. The jury will then decide whether Rumpole has produced enough reasonable doubt. The jury's decision will neatly temporally coincide with the resolution of the subplot.

It may seem like I'm criticizing the Rumpole stories by reducing them to their constituent elements but I'm not. I enjoy the Rumpole stories, and I enjoy Mortimer's formula. There is usually enough variation to keep each story fresh. Although I must say that in this particular collection Mortimer one too many times kept the reader from following the trail of the mystery by withholding some crucial fact until the mystery's revelation.

In any case, it isn't always the mystery that is the fun part. Sometimes, it's the journey. Whether it's the humor (at one point a very matter-of-fact Rumpole interviews a stripper in the middle of her floor routine) or the hints of the autobiographical (Rumpole fleetingly refers to learning the law in his youth from an "old, blind law tutor"; John Mortimer's father was a blind barrister and a strong influence on his son), there's a lot to enjoy. But despite my praise, I am not sure if I'd recommend this to someone unfamiliar with the Rumpole canon. Some of the stories are a little too formulaic and the mysteries themselves are weaker than what Mortimer has produced in the past. It's a fun, nostalgic good time, but long-times fans will probably appreciate it more than new-comers can.

I got the audio version of the book and it is very good. The narrator was able to not only create different voices for the various characters but also to get the usual tones of irony and sarcasm that are an integral part of all Rumpole novels. This novel had a theme of Rumpole in peril due to health issues and it was interesting to see the responses of the usual cast of characters to this serious concern. It is a good addition to the series but first time readers would enjoy it more more if they read some of the earlier novels first and so be introduced to the cast of reoccurring personalities. There is a level of repetitiveness to the series but the mysteries and solutions are entertaining. It got 5 stars because the book gave exactly what I expect from a Rumpole novel - it was fun and entertaining.

In "Rumpole and the Primrose Path" we find our favorite claret-swilling elderly junior barrister in fine form. As anarchic as ever, in the short story that lends its name to the collection, Rumpole stages a break from the nursing home where he is recuperating from a mild heart attack. This story sets the tone for the collection, proving that not even a brush with his own mortality (and when everyone in his old chambers has begun plotting his memorial service) can dampen the Rumpole eccentricities.
To show that he keeps up with the times, Mortimer has Rumpole deal with a case involving wayward e-mails; we cheer as Rumpole evades the body tyranny of fitness clubs. Add to this the odd bit of passion that erupts like a boil (affairs that could be as messy and painful to those involved) among the barristers and judges of the Old Bailey.

The mysteries are slight. The main joy is reading Rumpole's exploits as he again makes the rounds of the Old Bailey while living under the benevolent despotism of She.
Even the ever-unromantic Rumpole finishes the collection by bending enough to admit that if he outlives She Who Must Be Obeyed he would feel a certain loneliness. She Who Must grudgingly admits that she, too, inexplicably wants to keep Rumpole around for a while longer.
I can second that sentiment. Should any of his fans outlive Rumpole there would be a decided literary void. By all means, let's keep Rumpole around for quite some time to come.

Being unfamiliar with either John Mortimer, Rumpole or "She Who Must be Obeyed", I was eager for the book club to discuss its selection. The other participants focused on similarities between Rumpole, Mortimer and the television series instead of this specific book. I enjoyed the short story format, how Rumpole solved his cases and the character of Rumpole himself. Mr. Mortimer has clearly defined his Barrister with his prolific Rumpole stories through these many years.

This book delights and surprises. The stories relate very much to our times. It gives one hope in goodness. It is also very relaxing and humorous.

I didn't think that after watching the Rumpole series on PBS that I would find the book particularly interesting but in fact it was just as delightful as the television shows. The writing is wonderful

Still funny, and Rumpole continues to delight, but the plots are pretty hackneyed, and the outcomes inevitable. Worth reading, but not memorable.

Previously admired this wonderful author.

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