26.4.13

RUMPOLE AND THE PRIMROSE PATH, by John Mortimer

A half dozen entertaining mysteries solved as only the inimitable barrister Horace Rumpole can. I am not normally a short story fan, but these are like a box of fine chocolates: you can’t consume just one, you’ve got to have the whole thing. From a rest home where Rumpole is being treated like a pre-schooler to the haute-law confines of the Old Bailey, from She Who Must Be Obeyed to an eternally lovelorn colleague,  Rumpole sets the world right with a sly naïveté that’s unmatchable. Great plot turns, and an exquisite eye for the telling detail. Rumpole is a total delight. A 5.