rockershovel wrote:sounds like another "Vimes in Uberwald" book, set against the rediscovery of Orcs/Goblins living there. Origins of Orcs and their subsequent extermination, or near-extermination, as the "ancient crime" in question. Nutt and possibly Glenda Sugarbean involved in some way.
Good opportunity for closing out the Angua/Carrot arc, which I can't help feeling involves Uberwald in some way.
Lady Margolotta and Vetinari involved in some not-fully-explained way.
Possible opportunity for a throw-away line closing out the Low King/Queen arc.
Opportunity for some sort of reconciliation involving trolls and their culture, following on from Thud!
Then again, all good murder mysteries involve misdirection and false clues...
I don’t think it will be an Uberwald centred book, as someone else pointed out it at least starts off on the vimes/ramkin country estates so it might be geographically a bit closer but I doubt it'll be another fifth elephant (and this is coming from someone who loved that book)
you might be onto something with the orks, I doubt the goblins will be a minor part of the story and the parallels are to strong to ignore totally, though whether or not Nutt turns up is very debatable. Terry did say that he's run through most of his story arc but that doesn’t preclude a more minor role in future books.
Vetinari will almost defiantly get involved with the plot at some level, that’s a given with any watch book. As for Margolotta being involved? Its just too early to tell given Terry’s knack for misdirection and twisty plotwork, but if nutt/orkage turns up I would put money on at least a passing reference, if not a little meddling from her direction. In the end as with so many Pratchett books it’s all dependant on so many different factors its impossible to make any solid theory’s just yet, and you won’t be exactly sure what’s happened until the very last page.
(edited for atrociouse spelling)