A Rumpole Christmas: Stories

A Rumpole Christmas: Stories

by John Mortimer

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The first ever collection of Rumpole Christmas stories? just in time for the holidays

A Rumpole Christmas is a collection of five holiday stories?never before published in book form? depicting the Old Bailey Hack at his lovable best. In ?Rumpole and Father Christmas,? the English barrister encounters a familiar-looking Santa who he thinks is a thief. In ?Rumpole's Slimmed Down Christmas,? he goes to a new-age spa when ?She who must be obeyed? insists that he lose a few pounds. In ?Rumpole and the Christmas Break,? he protects Hilda as a shady judge flirts with her while on a holiday that turns out to be anything but relaxing.

Witty and compulsively readable, this irresistible new collection will provide solace to the legions of fans lamenting John Mortimer's death early this year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101155691
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2009
Series: Rumpole Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 292,892
File size: 628 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist, and former practicing barrister who has written many film scripts as well as stage, radio, and television plays, the Rumpole plays, for which he received the British Academy Writer of the Year Award, and the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. He is the author of twelve collections of Rumpole stories and three acclaimed volumes of autobiography.

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Rumpole Christmas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
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
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Rumpole Christmas contains five Rumpole stories related to the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, to me, they didn't live up to the Rumpole standard. They didn't contain much in the way of Rumpole sidebars, his wry wit or his strange comrades. The mysteries were hardly that at all. Not Rumpole at his best, by a long shot.
dougwood57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The very idea of reading A Rumpole Christmas evoked several responses: melancholy, because it is likely to be the last publication of more or less new stories from the pen of John Mortimer; a wry smile, because of the unlikely juxtaposition of Rumpole and Christmas; and gleeful hand-rubbing anticipation, because we get to read more Rumpole.If you are reading this review, you probably know who Rumpole is. If not, I would suggest that start at the beginning: The First Rumpole Omnibus. Technically, to start at the beginning you should watch the BBC shows from the 1970s starring the inimitable Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey, Set 1 - The Complete Seasons 1 & 2). (I was unaware until very recently that the scripts for the BBC TV show actually preceded the books.)This collection of stories (most previously published in magazines) is not the best of Rumpole, but they do feature genuine Horace, She Who Must Be Obeyed, Mr. Justice Gravestone, Soapy Sam Ballard, and a sprinkling of Timsons. One story here features an accused terrorist whom Rumpole agrees to defend - when the other barristers make excuses. Rumpole kept fighting the good fight usually with gentle humor and always with an insistence on the rights of each and every person facing the power of the government. So long old darling.
pak6th on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5 short stories starring Horace Rumpole and his adventures in court during the Christmas season. Fans of Rumpole know that "She who must" apears in each and takes Rumpole off on surprising adventures. Rumpole visits a spa, goes to church, and takes children to a pantomime, in between visits to Pommeroy's of course. Geat fun!
LectorsBooks More than 1 year ago
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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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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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glauver More than 1 year ago
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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GeorginaBrooklyn More than 1 year ago
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.
jerseystar More than 1 year ago
Not the absolute greatest Rumpole, but so glad there are a few more stories to read. I miss him and John Mortimer.
fundeps More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of John Mortimer's gems.It is a great gift to give or receive
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