More Rumpole, Please!
September 15, 2011 7:02 AM   Subscribe

More books like Mortiner's Rumpole of the Bailey?

I've read everything out there concerning Rumpole, and even some of Mortimer's other books. I'm yearning for more. I'm not necessarily interested in British humor, or law as a subject, or mysteries as a genre. However, I do appreciate all of the above, and if there were an endless stream of Rumpole books, I'd be very happy.

Bonus points if you can recommend a series, so I can string up a bunch of them at once. Extra bonus points if the books are available in ebook form.
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
You may have already read them, but the Peter Wimsey books by Dorothy Sayers hit two out of the three (British sense of humor, and mysteries), and a couple of the best turn on legal points.
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:19 AM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Sarah Caudwell! She only wrote a few books (four?), but they are very funny and focus on a group of friends who happen to be English barristers. Thus Was Adonis Murdered is the first in the series.
posted by zoetrope at 7:52 AM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yes, Sarah Caudwell is a good choice. I've also enjoyed books by Edwin Crispin and Michael Innes.
posted by Malla at 8:59 AM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Charlie Mortdecai series (3 books) by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Charlie is a portly, immoral art dealer. A good blurb on Amazon: "'A writer capable of a rare mixture of wit and imaginative unpleasantness' - Julian Barnes."
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 9:31 AM on September 15, 2011

I have a feeling you'd like Old Filth by Jane Gardam and its sequel (or more accurately companion) the Man in the Wooden Hat.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 9:46 AM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Another voice in favor of Sarah Caudewell, here.

For some reason Bryant and May leapt to mind. They're not the same, but they appeal in many of the same ways.

Further out there, but again these books appeal to me in the same way Rumpole does: the Thursday Next books.

And even further afield:
Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe
What's Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:39 PM on September 15, 2011

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