After reading Mortimer's memoirs and his Titmuss books, I was surprised that I didn't like Rumpole more. I found the stories formulaic and repetitive. Perhaps that always happens when there is a recurring character; the author feels compelled to reintroduce the main quirks of the character over and over. Reading the stories one after another, it was irksome. Agatha Christie did that with Poirot and Marple, but the stories were longer, so it didn't seem so tedious. Anyway, the stories were amusing, but I gave up about 2/3 of the way through the omnibus. I've continued to read Mortimer's other fiction and find it better.