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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story (original 2005; edition 2008)

by Leonie Swann (Author), Anthea Bell (Translator)

Series: Miss Maple (1)

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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 George' s 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. There' s 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. Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American audiences.… (more)
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Title:Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story
Authors:Leonie Swann (Author)
Other authors:Anthea Bell (Translator)
Info:Crown (2008), Edition: Reprint, 341 pages
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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story by Leonie Swann (2005)

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    Garou by Leonie Swann (chwiggy)
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    MELMOTH EL ERRABUNDO VOL I by Charles Robert Maturin (themulhern)
    themulhern: No doubt the name of the wandering sheep is taken from the protagonist of this long tale by an Irish friend of Bram Stoker's.
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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: Adventure from the point of view of animals written for adults! A group of sheep discover that their shepherd has been murdered and decide they will have to find the culprit themselves. I loved this book :)
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    Anteater of Death by Betty Webb (infiniteletters)
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First off, this is probably the coziest cozy written--I mean a mystery about sheep! And it's clever without becoming too much of a gimmick. But for me, the mystery end of it was not particularly interesting--a type of book you could open at random and enjoy reading the sheeps' ruminations (sorry). Swann knows her sheep (I've been wanting to write that for a while now!) ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
I remember enjoying this one, but not much else about it. Sounds like it's time for a re-read!
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Really cute murder mystery, told from the point of view of various members of a flock of sheep. The only thing that kept this book from getting 5 stars from me was a somewhat unsatisfying surprise ending. ( )
  Poopy | Apr 8, 2020 |
When a shepherd is found mysteriously dead in the middle of a field, his sheep decide to solve the crime.

What a unique set of detectives! 19 sheep, all with distinct personalities, yet somehow keeping their intrinsic sheepish – ness (as opposed to sheepishness).

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, and are looking for something a little different, this fluffy (!) mystery may do the trick. ( )
  streamsong | Mar 30, 2020 |
The sheep were cute, as was their POV. The mystery was slow. I skimmed the last half. ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Mar 23, 2020 |
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Das wäre so weit einfach nur nett und nicht weiter bemerkenswert, würde die Autorin nicht obendrein furchtlosen Umgang mit literarischen Versatzstücken betreiben. Man kann "Glennkill" als Krimi-Persiflage lesen, man kann sich aber auch ein Vergnügen daraus machen, die Anspielungen und ironischen Zitate zu entdecken.
 
Und an Tiefe mangelt es auch. Auffallend ist einzig die infantile Liebheit, auf deren Niveau sich Amüsement und Unterhaltung bewegen.
 
Originellt, rart och väldigt roligt är det hur som helst.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Swann, Leonieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Díez, María JoséTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moster, HelenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyman, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The trail wound here and there
as the sheep had willed in the making of it.

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Für M., ohne den es nie herausgekommen wäre.
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"He was healthy yesterday," said Maude. Her ears twitched nervously.
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Kein Schaf darf die Herde verlassen. Außer, es kommt wieder zurück.
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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 George' s 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. There' s 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. Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American audiences.

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A shepherd is murdered and his flock of sheep investigate the murder.
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