Forever Rumpole

John Mortimer's death three years ago, and the subsequent cessation of new Rumpole adventures, can be ameliorated slightly by the appearance of this volume, an expansion of The Best of Rumpole that adds seven stories to the seven which Mortimer himself selected as his prime cuts. The bewigged barrister shines here, triumphing in case after case against impossible circumstances.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…