30(or more, but who’s counting?)/series. Hyper-prolific Pratchett has given us another fantastic-in-all-its-meanings romp through Discworld, this time starring the recently-ennobled Sam Vimes, Ankh-Morpork cop extraordinaire, as he goes to the country with his aristocratic wife. A city copper at heart, Vimes thinks it’s all boring cows and trees, but finds that things aren’t quite right in the hinterlands. After being set up as a murder suspect, Vimes puts his intuition to work and, with the help of his young son and a wet-behind-the-ears county constable, uncovers a host of crimes as bad as anything Ankh-Morpork, his beloved, corrupt, chaotic, crime-ridden city, could offer. On ocassion, Pratchett's sidebars get a little overblown, but if you've read this far in the series, you don't care. And they're all worth reading. A 4.