Terry Pratchett is a safe bet. 39 discworld books and his tale is still right on target, incredible entertaining and funny, but with a clear message. Intolerance, prejudices and greed make us do incredible stupid things, not only in the story, but in real life as well.
Stephen Briggs is my favorite voice of the Discworld and as always, he does a great job. He gives color and life to the different characters and it amazes me, what endless variations his voice can go trough.
Lady Sybil Vimes and Lord Vetinari (the tyrant of Ankh Morpork) manage to send Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch of Ankh Morpork to a well earned vacation in the country side. Of course Samuel Vimes is abhorred by the idea itself, but his love to his dear Sybil would make him do even more stupid things. Overcoming the initial boredom, he finds out quickly that there are a lot of things very wrong in this idyllic place.
Cruel murder happened here and because the victim was a young Goblin girl, nobody seems to care. The deeper Vimes digs, the more apparent it becomes that the noble society in this area has blood on their hands. Vimes is confronted with genocide, kidnapping, smuggling and drug dealing (a drug, which makes the heads of Trolls explode), but he is not alone in this battle, he finds unexpected help.
Of course, in addition to all the crazy and frantic action, we learn a lot about marital life, the essence of the law and the raising of children. Vimes and Sybil, all the fun aside, seem to be role models in all of that.
A great story, I just loved it