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Six new tales of that Wordsworth-loving, cigar-smoking Defender of the Faith - Horace Rumpole.
Our hero plies his way from Froxbury Mansions in the Gloucester Road to the hallowed portals of the Old Bailey and the slightly less hallowed portals of number three Equity Court - Soapy Sam Ballard's Chambers - fortified by a few glasses of Pommeroy' s Chateau Thames Embankment and generous rations of steak and kidney pud.
That trusty English fare is only one of many delights on offer in Rumpole a la Carte; more gastronomic delights abound in the title story of dirty doings in a fashionable London diner.
Rumpole a la Carte will gratify the palate of the most discerning Rumpole connoisseur. Ingredients include She Who Must Be Obeyed in full sail; the towering genius of Claude Erskine-Brown; his fair wife, Phillida, the Portia of Equity Court; Mizz Liz Probert, daughter of Red Ron Probert; Uncle Tom, still putting into the waste-paper basket in the clerk's room; and several encounters with old darlings on the Bench such as Sir Guthrie Featherstone, Mr Justice 'Ollie' Oliphant, Mr 'Injustice' Graves and their judicial brethren.
Given that Rumpole likes to preserve his relationship with the powers that be as one of unreserved and healthy hostility, how is it that in the 'Mews Murder' case, R. v. Jago, our trusty defender and knight at arms acts as Rumpole for the Prosecution?