5 out of 5
This is the second Commander Vimes novel I’ve read recently and he is still one of my favorite Pratchett characters. Having grown up on the streets of Ankh-Morpork, he works his way up to Commander of the Watch, marries a wonderful woman who also happens to be Lady Sybil, becomes a Duke all while never losing his roots and his sense of honesty and fairplay. In Snuff the Commander is forced to go on vacation to his wife’s country estate by both his wife and Lord Vetinari, where he is more than a little out of place among both the upper and lower crust. Vetinari’s insistence on the Commander taking a holiday should have been a hint. Of course there’s a crime, and then another, and they just keep piling up while Vimes attempts to spend some quality time with his wife and son, a young man with a unusual interest in poo. Add some gnomes, and the question of what exactly makes a being sentient and things get very complicated. As always Pratchett’s unique style of wit keeps the reader on their toes. An excellent addition to the Disc World series.