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Author: John Mortimer Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Rumpole Series Release Date: August 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481574426

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Here are six delightful tales featuring everyone’s favorite barrister for the defense, Horace Rumpole. Eccentric characters such as his wife, Hilda, otherwise known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed,” and his philandering colleague Claude Erskine-Brown are back as Rumpole visits a snooty restaurant where he engages in a battle of wills over his adored mashed spuds, takes the unaccustomed role of prosecutor, and ventures—unwillingly—onto a ship, where he confronts, of all things, a detective novelist.

Included are “Rumpole à la Carte,” “Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent,” “Rumpole and the Right to Silence,” “Rumpole at Sea,” “Rumpole and the Quacks,” and “Rumpole for the Prosecution.”

This masterly blend of humor and mystery makes for irresistible listening.

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  • “The eighth collection of stories about the barrister; that they continue to be so enjoyable is a mark of both the author's craftsmanship and his natural talent.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Abounds with wit, familiar eccentrics, and those moments of eloquence that make justice seem as simple and desirable as common sense.” 

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Many of Rumpole’s cases turn out to be ‘whodunits,’ with our hero nabbing the real culprit or finding the crucial evidence that exonerates his client. In a handful of stories (Rumpole solves a missing person case aboard ship in “Rumpole at Sea,” for instance), we are presented with more traditional mystery stories…The real charm of Rumpole is in the writing. John Mortimer combines the verbal play of P. G. Wodehouse with the grubby flavor of middle-class comedy. Individual cases allow Mortimer the opportunity for some mild satire…But the law itself is the most popular topic of Mortimer’s winking eye.”

    - Mike Pinsky, appellate judge (retired)


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About the Author

John Mortimer (1923–2009) was a playwright, novelist, and barrister. He wrote many radio, film, and television scripts, including the British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, and won the British Academy Writer of the Year Award in 1979. He retired from the bar in 1984 and was knighted in 1998.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.