One of the most enjoyable Discworld books I've read (although they're all pretty good!) In this one, Pratchett takes on the murder-mystery genre. Although it's still quite funny, it goes beyond just humor, presenting the reader with a well-plotted tale...
It's later in the series, so Discworld is in a sort-of-Industrial-Revolution state, and the undead feature prominently as well (I think they were introduced in 'Carpe Jugulum'?)
Someone in Ankh-Morpork has been killing harmless old men, and the various and eccentric characters of the Watch are on the case in search of Clues. At the same time, it seems someone has been slowly poisoning Lord Veternari, and the golems of the city (like the golems of Jewish lore, clay figures imbued with the semblance of life, in Discworld used as 24-hr labor) have been acting in a suspicious manner....
Subplots abound... Will Angua the werewolf and Captain Carrot work out their interracial relationship? Will Cheery Littlebottom the dwarf realize her inner femininity? Will the low-brow Corporal Nobbs truly be accepted as one of the peers of the realm?
All this, and there's also a few plugs for civil rights, animal rights, and a reasonable work day!
This book seriously prods buttock!
Well, you'll get that joke after you read the book. :) Any of the Discworld books are more enjoyable the more you know about Discworld, including this one. Any of them, including this one, can be enjoyed even if this is your first visit.
At the end of Men at Arms, Sam Vimes, captain of the NightWatch, had quit drinking, made the NightWatch a real police force -- and married into the nobility. Feet of Clay begins with Vimes learning that *he* cannot have a Coat of Arms because one of his ancestors was the man who cut off a mad Emperor's head (and saved the kingdom), and Corporal Nobby Nobbs, who has to carry a certificate signed by the Patrician to testify that he is human (probably) is the long-lost Earl of Ankh and the heir apparent to the throne, which some people want to re-establish. The current head of government, the Patrician, is being poisoned. Someone has killed two harmless old men; that someone appears to be a golem, but golems can only do what they're told. Captain Vimes has to unravel all of this; a police procedural in a flat world that rides on the back of four elephants carried through space by a giant turtle.
Do you like British humor? A literary work in which human vice and folly is attacked through irony, derision and wit under the guise of "fantasy literature". You can't just read one Terry Pratchett novel, trust me on this.