A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd. On. : Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story (): Leonie Swann, Anthea Bell: Books. Glennkill [Leonie Swann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Led by the smartest sheep, Miss Maple, the rest of the flock, including Othello the black sheep – literally and figurativelyMopple the sheep who never forgetsSir Ritchfield the aged lead ram and a host of others, search for clues and motives in a village which isn’t swamn nice and clean as it portrays itself.

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So, when the shepherd of a small, diverse and odd flock of sheep shows up dead they are able to wander around and investigate his death, worried that people would be suspicious, which of course was not the case. Solid 4 Star Read for originality, something completely different Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Still, the sheep had to surmount so many problems! Mopple the Whale is the fattest sheep with the strongest memory of the flock.

The human inhabitants pruriently speculate on what splendors in the grass George engaged in, not only with a purported mistress, but even his favorite awann ram, Othello. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Hurrah for the sheep of Glenkill! In this novel, the solution is a denoument that just maybe will make us a bit more mindful of the lost sheep in our own flock. Totally charming and hilarious – I stayed swnn until 5am last night to finish it.

This is a charming, little story with an ending I didn’t expect. I can’t stand it – I laughed out loud, I teared up, I adored the sheep and their quest to find the murderer and, in the process, find their own place in the world. Their shepherd This is one of the weirdest books I have ever read in my short life. Could he have killed George?


My local library system has had a “10 to Try” challenge in both What a fun and intriguing read!

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It’s like Watership Down meets Ruth Rendell, but with a higher percentage of lanolin. Kein Wunder, dass er tot ist. Maybe I’m dense, but parts of this went right over my head. 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. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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The fact that they think humans must only have small souls because of their inferior sense of smell is only the tip of the iceberg as to why these characters are so endearing. They made for the best characters. It’s an interesting way to tell a story — a shepherd dies, and his flock set out to discover his murderer?

I know the rating is not encouraging, but that is because it is not everybody’s cup of tea. Dec 02, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I felt the anti-climax was uninspired and the actual climax was anti-climactic. For them, that’s enough.

They run in circles during their sheep meetings, but Miss Maple is always there to sort it out. To ask other readers questions about Three Bags Fullplease sign up. It was a peaceful, pastoral scene. The glennkkill of suspects include the town butcher for obvious reasons, Father William whom the sheep believe to be the nefarious creature termed Glrnnkill by the humans, Gabriel — a neighboring shepherd who has his poor sheep turned into mutton, the pious old woman named Beth because she smells like death, his ex-wife Kate because she seann too much weight and was left by George, and his mistress Lilly.


I’ve never had a conversation with a sheep, lol, but this aspect felt very true to me. Swann does have her sheep think like sheep, or at least they seem to. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Swann’s sheep are as sober as judges and work out the crime from first principles.

Apr 04, Marya rated it really liked it Shelves: And people just ignored them. There’s also a poignant encounter with another shepherd’s ram, a “meat breed” who is sadly aware of his own fate.

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann Book Review

Other fleshed-out characters include Zora, a philosophical sheep who likes to stand on the edge of the cliff that borders their pasture and stare down at the sea below; Miss Maple, the smartest of the sheep, who does most of the ratocinating where the mystery of George the shepherd’s death is concerned; Sir Ritchfield, the flock’s aging lead ram, who is starting to forget things; and Cloud, a sweet and tender ewe who isn’t the smartest sheep in the flock by any stretch, but makes up for it with her friendly and charming personality.

Nov 02, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: With Swann’s great success in her debut novel, I’m so pleased to know that a sequel already exists in its original German edition, book: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. And something else is good.

Probably not many of us do. The others agree, and Miss Maple volunteers to inspect the body. Therefore, their interpretations of what they hear is quite entertaining.