Rumpole And The Primrose Path (2003) As England's beloved barrister Horace Rumpole languishes in a convalescent home, the Equity Court's new PR whiz excitedly prepares his memorial service. But Rumpole is… 2003-12-01 Fiction Viking
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Rumpole And The Primrose Path (2003)

Rumpole and the Primrose Path | RUMPOLE'S STILL IN Mortimer's collection of mysteries has many predictable moments, but memorable minor characters, too
RUMPOLE'S STILL IN Mortimer's collection of mysteries has many predictable moments, but memorable minor characters, too
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 01, 2003; Writer: John Mortimer; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Viking

As England's beloved barrister Horace Rumpole languishes in a convalescent home, the Equity Court's new PR whiz excitedly prepares his memorial service. But Rumpole is decidedly alive -- and still nosy. In the title story of Rumpole and the Primrose Path, a collection of John Mortimer's mysteries, Rumpole uncovers the truth behind a wealthy patient's death -- in a manner only he could devise. In ''Scales of Justice,'' he defends a police commander accused of the attempted murder of a prominent sawbones. Though Mortimer builds his tales toward predictable ''aha!'' moments, his real gifts are his daffy minor characters: a flirtatious female judge, a pole-dancing informant, and Rumpole's long-suffering wife, Hilda (a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed).

Originally posted Dec 10, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints