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.
©2007 Leonie Swann; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"A completely original, sparklingly inventive, cleverly written story." (Booklist)
"It's rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written The Wind in the Willows." (The Independent)
Well, what can one say about a mystery about a flock of sheep who wake one day to find their good shepherd dead. The sheep try to solve the mystery of who killed George and find a new shepherd who will continue to read romance novels to them. There were images in this very silly tale that had me laughing out loud. May not be great classic literature, but it is truly a unique story that makes a fun listen.
Driving down the interstate, listening to this story and laughing uproariously, I see a state trooper in the lane next to me and almost swerve into traffic. He glowers; rather like Othello.
Great characters (mainly ovine) with unique personalities and gifts. A good perspective from which to comment on the human condition (apparently, we are really herd animals). A mystery which is stimulating enough to keep the pace. But the real gems are the interactions between this special flock and the cast of suspects.
Chose this book for the humor, the mystery plot or the odd perspective on humanity -- and you will not be disappointed. My only lament is that I cannot foresee that there will be a sequel (after they return from the Continent) and i will miss this cast of characters.
A little slow to catch my interest in the beginning but picked up later. It was very fun to see life from the intelligent sheep's point of view regarding their shepard's death.
A great mystery novel, set amongst a flock of sheep who's shepard dies mysteriously... hilariously done and obviously written by someone who raised sheep because of the details of how a flock acts.... an entertaining book!
Yes, it was light and had a plot. Loved the personalities of the different sheep.
Well, not really. Who wants to watch sheep solve a murder???? It's too "dark" for a children's story and probably most adults won't want to watch sheep try to think like humans.
I decided to take advantage of Audible's return program on this one -- something I've only done once before in all the years I've been a member. This book was recommended to me as a really funny book, but the narration is flat and dull. It's read with zero inflection or verve, no sense of the irony or comedy that should be there and every single sentence ends on a down beat. And not a bah-dum-duh sort of down beat either.
I'm giving the story 3-stars, but just because I'm giving the original the benefit of the doubt. Maybe someday I'll read it in paper, but not this version!
The story is just OK. There are some astute & humorous comments by the sheep which were great. And the concept of the sheep is terrific. But somehow I just couldn't get into plot. I don't know why. I accidently missed a chunk of the book when the player kept going and it took me awhile to figure out what happened so maybe that made it less of a good read for me. I'd certainly be willing to try the idea again but ...
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