Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders, Paperback

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders Paperback

Part of the Penguin Celebrations series

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"Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders" - a classic story starring John Mortimer's most iconic character. "Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal". (P. D James, "Mail on Sunday"). "I thank heaven for small mercies. The first of these is Rumpole". (Clive James, "Observer"). Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man.

Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the "Penge Bungalow Murders" case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold, accused of murdering his father and his father's friend with a German officer's gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come. John Mortimer's hilarious Rumpole, which fans of Sherlock Holmes and P.G.

Wodehouse will love, sees the magician of the Old Bailey at his unpredictable and brilliant best. Sir John Mortimer was a barrister, playwright and novelist.

His fictional political trilogy of "Paradise Postponed", "Titmuss Regained" and "The Sound of Trumpets" has recently been republished in "Penguin Classics", together with "Clinging to the Wreckage" and his play "A Voyage round My Father". His most famous creation was the barrister Horace Rumpole, who featured in four novels and around eighty short stories.

His books in "Penguin" include: "The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole"; The Collected Stories of Rumpole"; "The First Rumpole Omnibus"; "Rumpole and the Angel of Death"; "Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders"; "Rumpole and the Primrose Path"; "Rumpole and the Reign of Terror"; "Rumpole and the Younger Generation"; "Rumpole at Christmas"; "Rumpole Rests His Case"; "The Second Rumpole Omnibus"; "Forever Rumpole"; "In Other Words"; "Quite Honestly" and "Summer's Lease".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780141035086



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Coming towards the end of a long career as a not entirely successful or distinguished defence barrister at the Old Bailey, Horace Rumpole recounts the true story of his second case in Chambers, the Penge Bungalow Murders. It was a seemingly hopeless case where a young lad was accused of murdering both his father and a family friend. Rumpole won the case, without a leader, and appeared to be headed for a promising career.For Rumpole it cemented him a place in Chambers and won for him the hand in marriage of Hilda, the daughter of the Head of Chambers. For both Hilda, She Who Must Be Obeyed, and her father however, Horace Rumpole was to be a constant source of disappointment.THE PENGE BUNGALOW MURDERS comes at the end of a long Rumpole series and the case remained one that Rumpole fondly recalled as his finest hour.It was hard not hear the voice of Australian actor Leo McKern, who fleshed Rumpole out so well on the TV screen, booming out from these pages. Mortimer (on the left) always said McKern was the perfect Rumpole.Mortimer's easy to read witty style also makes Rumpole live.

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