Frantic to make sure this wasn't the last of Rumpole's stories, I was relieved to learn that this book was published in 1987 (and there are many more stories to be read). I particularly enjoy listening to these stories and Frederick Davidson is a delightful voice. He catches all the nuances of British humor.
There are seven stories in this book. This is a great way to while away some hours watching Rumpole try his best to save British law and language.
"Rumpole and the Blind Tasting" -- Who can believe Rumpole didn't know about free wine tastings? He's heartbroken to discover that the real connoisseurs spit out the delightful bubbly.
"Rumpole and the Old, Old Story" -- Can you believe it? Rumpole leaves "She Who Must Be Obeyed" and takes up residence with the Erskine-Browns. Fear not, Rumpole quickly returns to his home hearth.
"Rumpole and the Official Secret" -- When are secrets not secrets? That is the question and Rumpole has to defend a woman accused of giving away governmental secrets to the press. It's much ado about not much.
"Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow" -- I thought this was the funniest of the bunch because a judge (or rather his credit card slip is evidence) in a massage parlor sting.
"Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim" -- This proves that Rumpole will do just about anything to get in front of a judge. He winds up in front of a court in Germany to save a soldier in a proud regiment.
"Rumpole and the Winter Break" -- Rumpole meets a cross-section of the public in his endeavors. However, he remeets a man who has a habit of murdering wives; one who is giving "She Who Must Be Obeyed" too much attention.
"Rumpole's Last Case" -- Rumpole takes the opportunity to tell off people he's tired of because he has found a way to riches at the race track. Alas, all that glitters is not gold (in Rumpole's pocket).
Rumpole of the Bailey (1978)
The Trials of Rumpole (1979)
Regina v Rumpole(1981)
Rumpole for the Defence (1982)
Rumpole and the Golden Thread(1983)
Rumpole for the Prosecution (1986)
***Rumpole's Last Case (1987)
Rumpole and theAge of Miracles (1988)