The Fifth Elephant

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The Fifth Elephant

by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday, 1999); audiobook read by Stephen Briggs (Isis, 2000)

Book cover: “The Fifth Elephant” by Terry Pratchett

A relatively dour instalment that, uncharacteristically, loses a little upon re-reading. As per many City Watch stories, much rests upon Vimes’s world view (good) and a slow-burning mystery (muddled). The grating Fred Colon subplot serves only to highlight the paucity of humour.

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