The comic, courageous, and corpulent Horace Rumpole reenters the fray in these seven fresh and funny stories in which the ""great defender of muddled and sinful humanity"" triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness while he tiptoes precariously through the domestic territory of his wife, Hilda-She Who Must Be Obeyed! With his passion for poetry, and a nose equally sensitive to the whiff of wrongdoing and the bouquet of a Château Thames Embankment, the lovable and disheveled Rumpole ""is at his rumpled best"" (The New York Times).
""Wonderfully amusing . . . full of pithy writing . . . witty and opinionated."" (The Wall Street Journal)
""In this sparkling collection of stories . . . our hero's usual grumpy but soft-hearted wit is in full force."" (The Seattle Times)
""Mortimer spins his stories with sly panache, allowing the barrister to overcome dunces of all stripes with an understated sense of humor."" (The Boston Globe)