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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

Written by Leonie Swann

Narrated by Josephine Bailey


Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

Written by Leonie Swann

Narrated by Josephine Bailey

ratings:
3/5 (824 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 3, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175017
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 3, 2007
ISBN:
9781400175017
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    aus buchkatalog.de: Eines Morgens liegt der Schäfer George Glenn leblos im irischen Gras, ein Spaten ragt aus seiner Brust. Die Schafe von George sind entsetzt: Wer kann den alten Schäfer umgebracht haben? Und warum? Miss Maple, das klügste Schaf der Herde, beginnt sich für den Fall zu interessieren. Glücklicherweise hat George den Schafen vorgelesen, und so trifft sie das kriminalistische Problem nicht ganz unvorbereitet. Trotz vieler Missverständnisse kommen sie der Menschenwelt mit ihrer Schafslogik nach und nach auf die Schliche und verfolgen unerbittlich die Spur des Täters. Zwischen Weide und Dorfkirche, Steilklippen und Schäferwagen warten ungeahnte Abenteuer auf Miss Maple und ihre Herde, bis es ihnen tatsächlich gelingt, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen und den rätselhaften Tod ihres Schäfers aufzuklären ...
  • (4/5)
    A sheep detective story. Sounds too cute by half, but it's actually well-done.
  • (3/5)
    Quite the clever piece of writing, an odd & interesting premise with delightful main characters...... Who knew sheep could be so intelligent, pragmatic, & entertaining?

    George is found dead with a spade in his back...... George was quite the wonderful flock leader; he read to the sheep, he explained words & ideas to them, he didn't butcher them, and he was planning on taking them to Europe.... The sheep take it upon themselves to solve George's murder.

    Aside from George's "murder"; there is another murder that George discovered many years back; there is the reading of George's will; there is the search for the missing "grass"; and there is the "Smartest" Sheep contest.

    I didn't really like any of the peripheral characters with the exception of Rebecca, George's daughter......

    The ending was a surprise; the solution of George's murder left me disappointed; and the middle confused me and bogged me down.

    I might read the next book, I might not.......
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book, so much so that I promptly ordered the follow-up from Amazon - sat down with proverbial cup of tea to find that it was in German - was sooo disappointed. Three Bags Full has immediately made it into my 'Excellent' tag, which is a real achievement - books don't get there lightly. The plot, although aptly slow moving, was a delight, as were all the central characters. Sheep will never appear the same again. It seemed totally logical to me how the sheep were treated by George which is the beauty of the writing - I feel Leonie Swann must have spent some time in rural Ireland to catch the wonderful lyricism and idiosycracies so well.
  • (5/5)
    I was completely won over by the sheep detectives in this book. It made me smile and laugh aloud a few times.
  • (4/5)
    I stumbled across this book quite by accident while shelf-reading in our large-print section, and I thought it sounded like fun.And fun it was. One morning a flock of sheep awake to find their shepherd dead in the field with a shovel pinning him to the ground. These Irish sheep are clever and understand some human words and concepts because their shepherd used to read to them each day. The cleverest one of them all, Miss Maple, decides that they must find out who killed their shepherd.I loved the way in which the sheep remained sheep. They think (I am guessing) like sheep and they act like sheep, not like people. It was a wonderful look at the human world through the eyes of someone who doesn't quite understand the multiplicity of concepts and layers of meanings that humans take quite as a matter of course. It is almost Zen-like because the sheep don't understand everything the way we would and so they come to the truth of the matter more quickly. Some quite deep concepts are dealt with - such as death, suicide, the will to live, the need for a community, aging, justice, fear and courage. But they are dealt with slowly and simply.This is not a fast-paced book. If you need action, it probably isn't the read for you. This is about a death in rural Ireland, where the pace of life is slower. Each of the sheep in the flock has a real strength and a real personality. The character development of each of the sheep is strong and is as carefully done as if the main characters were people. You get to feel you know each animal; you get to laugh at their silliness; and you get to be amazed at the truths they see.This book is translated from the original German. I hope that her next book with these dear sheep will also become available in English as I would really like to read it.