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A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd.

On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find Georges killer.

The A-team of investigators includes Othello, the “bad-boy” black ram; Mopple the Whale, a merino who eats a lot and remembers everything; and Zora, a pensive black-faced ewe with a weakness for abysses. Joined by other members of the richly talented flock, they engage in nightlong discussions about the crime and wild metaphysical speculations, and they embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. Theres Ham, the terrifying butcher; Rebecca, a village newcomer with a secret and a scheme; Gabriel, the shady shepherd of a very odd flock; and Father Will, a sinister priest. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love.

Three Bags Full is already an international hit. “Its rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written The Wind in the Willows, and I ended by loving it, ”Jane Jakeman wrote in The Independent. Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American readers.

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"In this refreshingly original detective story from debut German author Swann, a flock of sheep investigates the murder of their beloved shepherd, George Glenn. Leading the effort is Miss Maple, considered the cleverest sheep in the Irish seaside village of Glennkill. She slyly 'pretends' to graze while eavesdropping on suspects who come to search George's caravan for something he may have died for. When a long-lost ram recounts an incident that occurred upon his departure years earlier, Miss Maple uncovers the catalyst for George's death. The wooly troupe reveals the crime's solution in a near-Shakespearean mime at the annual 'Smartest Sheep in Glennkill' contest. The author's sheep's-eye view and the animals' literal translation of the strange words and deeds of the human species not only create laugh-out-loud humor but also allow the animals occasional flashes of accidental brilliance. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

LEONIE SWANN earned degrees in philosophy, psychology, and communications from Munich University and has worked in journalism and public relations. Currently working on her doctorate in English literature, she lives in Berlin

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Bonnie Palmer, August 16, 2007 (view all comments by Bonnie Palmer)
This is a charming and engaging mystery of the English cozy variety, as well as a delightfully parochial, gossipy slice-of-a-life tale set in a picturesque Irish village, but what really makes this novel stand out is Ms. Swann's fully-realized ovine protagonists. She has created a group of characters--a flock of sheep--that think about, act in, and particularly scent out the world in their own distinctively sheep-ish manner. While they are curious about the human world, especially in order to understand how and why their human caretaker George met his end, they are mostly puzzled and repulsed by the hygiene, customs and cruelties of its denizens. No wonder their shepherd spent his evenings not with his human companions in the pub, but rather reading to them from novels in the pasture.
This is a lovely lark of a novel for anyone who has had enough of the anthropomorphizing of Hollywood animated and computer-enhanced live-action features; I hope they never turn it into a movie.
(Please note this review originally appeared for this same Random House title, but under a different ISBN number. It was featured in the August 2007 Daily Dose column.)
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ISBN:
9780385521116
Subtitle:
A Sheep Detective Story
Author:
Swann, Leonie
Translator:
Bell, Anthea
Publisher:
Flying Dolphin Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Sheep
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.54x5.80x1.18 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this refreshingly original detective story from debut German author Swann, a flock of sheep investigates the murder of their beloved shepherd, George Glenn. Leading the effort is Miss Maple, considered the cleverest sheep in the Irish seaside village of Glennkill. She slyly 'pretends' to graze while eavesdropping on suspects who come to search George's caravan for something he may have died for. When a long-lost ram recounts an incident that occurred upon his departure years earlier, Miss Maple uncovers the catalyst for George's death. The wooly troupe reveals the crime's solution in a near-Shakespearean mime at the annual 'Smartest Sheep in Glennkill' contest. The author's sheep's-eye view and the animals' literal translation of the strange words and deeds of the human species not only create laugh-out-loud humor but also allow the animals occasional flashes of accidental brilliance. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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