Rumpole agrees to act for the family of a dead girl who are bringing a private prosecution for murder against Christopher Jago. Due to lack of evidence the Police decided not to charge him. Ballard asks Rumpole to prosecute Erskine-Brown, who is accused of stealing work from a colleague in chambers by changing the names on a brief. Mysteriously, Ballard spends a lot of time at a party hiding a bandaged fingertip…moreless
With little sign of enthusiasm, Rumpole takes Hilda on a cruising holiday. He is appalled to learn that a High Court judge, Mr Justice Graves, is also on board, and Rumpole promptly dives for cover. But then the missing wife of a reverend becomes the target of some skullduggery, and Rumpole surfaces again from his hidey-hole.moreless
A live mouse is served to Erskine-Brown in a London restaurant, and Rumpole finds himself defending the self-important chef-restaurateur on the environmental health charges which follow. At home, Hilda takes up with her Canadian cousin and loses all interest in Rumpole.