Number of pages: 288
A series of murders is taking place in Ankh Morpork, and someone is trying to poison the patrician. However, shortly after the City Watch start investigating, a golem named Dorfl confesses to one of the killings. What follows is a standard crime thriller, only in the setting of the Discworld, which involves lots of golems; there is also a subplot with Corporal Nobbs becoming a nobleman, which is quite funny but feels a lot like filler.
This book felt a bit too similar to the last City Watch novel, Men at Arms, and at times I noticed it becoming darker and more serious in tone than other Discworld novels, though there was still plenty of humour to keep me entertained. The way the plot handled the treatment of Golems felt like it was meant to be an allegory to people treating immigrants as scapegoats, though I may have been reading just a bit too much into it. Also, although some of it felt like something I had read before, the book's climax was enjoyable enough. I also noticed a few presumably deliberate similarities to various movies, particularly moments that seemed like they could have been out of The Terminator, and various crime dramas (possibly the French Connection movies).
Overall, I thought this was a pretty average book; it's not one of my favourite novels in the series, but it's not dreadful either.
Next book: Walk the Lines (Mark Mason)