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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    sadly mortimer is gone but rumpole lives on

    The passing of an esteemed author is always sad but I felt a special loss earlier this year upon hearing of the death of Sir John Mortimer. His Rumpole stories have brought me so much pleasure, and when I learned he was gone I wished I'd just sat down and written a good old-fashioned fan letter to let him know what enjoyment his work had brought. This is surely belated but nonetheless sincere when I say that, for me, Mortimer's Rumpole is a legendary English detective, deserving a place by Sherlock Holmes and Jeeves.

    What a surprise to find A RUMPOLE CHRISTMAS, a collection of five Rumpole holiday stories now published in book form. We find the ever amusing, always insightful Horace Rumpole coming across all manner of skullduggery to relieve him of the usual yuletide tedium when he and his wife, Hilda, aka "She who must be obeyed" enjoy turkey, plum pudding and "a bottle or two of Pomeroy's Chateau Thames Embankment" following the exchange of a tie for him and a "ritual bottle of lavender water" for her.

    For starters there's a rather shifty eyed although plump Santa at Equity Court's Christmas party. This is followed by "Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas," a story in which Hilda presents him with a surprise gift - reservations for a stay at Minchingham Hall, a health farm where the food leaves much to be desired. For supper the main and only course "was a small portion of steamed spinach and a little diced carrot, enough, perhaps, to satisfy a small rodent but quite inadequate for a human." On the bright side, there was what appeared to be a murder in a steam room.

    And so it goes. As Hilda says crime does seem to follow Rumpole as does thoroughly enjoyable reading for us.

    - Enjoy!

    - Gail Cooke

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    This is a collection of short stories set over the Christmas hol

    This is a collection of short stories set over the Christmas holidays. It is very light in tone and feels like you’re sitting down over a glass of the horrible wine Rumpole drinks while he tells you these stories in his own, slightly meandering way. It is a fun read to get you in the mood for the holidays – especially if you prefer you holiday spirit with a little crime and mayhem on the side. It's very short, and could easily be read in an evening - cup of tea and Christmas cookies optional.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Rumpole and his dry wit are back at it again in this collection

    Rumpole and his dry wit are back at it again in this collection of 
    short tales centered around Rumpole's Christmas holidays away from the courts.  Of course, his wife, Hilda--or 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' is always present.  The stories include the annual socks and tie present for Rumpole, and the bottle of lavender water for Hilda.




    Each different vacation finds a mystery for Rumpole to solve.  He also has remembrances of pre holiday cases with Judge Grave'stone', who offhandedly barks his views from the bench.  The logic and humor, combined with some modern day issues, continues to be a high point in Mortimer's writing!  

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

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    A Nice Collection

    This collection is a better ending to the series than John Mortimer's last novelette, Rumpole Misbehaves. These late period holiday tales are sometimes lightweight, but Horace and Hilda are in good form. Mortimer always was at his best in short stories, and these little pleasures show why.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    RUMPOLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    Ah, Horace Rumpole~so good to see you again. Even though I've read some of the stories, reading them again was like a visit from a favorite uncle:always amusing and touching.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    A Little More Rumpole

    Not the absolute greatest Rumpole, but so glad there are a few more stories to read. I miss him and John Mortimer.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    very enjoyable

    Rumpole fans will enjoy these little gems. I just wish I had a fellow Rumpole fan to pass it on to. The DVD set of the TV series is also wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Rumpole

    One of John Mortimer's gems.It is a great gift to give or receive

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