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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.

©2007 Leonie Swann; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • NKBH
  • Louisville, KY United States
  • 09-11-10

Sheep Mystery

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • k
  • Grafton, VA, United States
  • 12-12-12

Close shear: sheep PIs almost cause 10 car pile-up

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Funny

Funny, with good narration

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Very Cute Story

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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An unusual & charming tale!

This story took a few chapters to grow on me, but it became an amazing listen. You can tell the author is well-acquainted with sheep! Her imagined conversations between the members in the flock, each with their own unique personality, as they attempt to make sense of incomprehensible human behavior and conversation, really are hilarious. And the narrator really does the book justice, she brings the many characters to life. Finally, the mystery itself is well developed, and the final word on what had happened took me by surprise.

I hope George's flock found their way to a Europe loaded with apple trees! Maybe there could be a sequel here?? I know I'd buy it!

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Marvelous fun!

I never would've thought a story about sheep solving a murder would catch my interest so fully. This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen!

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Enjoyable mystery from a unique perspective

Excellent narration! Enjoyable, gently humorous story as a flock of clever sheep unearth what happened to their shepherd.

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 08-06-15

Hilarious mystery novel from the flock!

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!

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The First Half Was Great

It's a very cute premise. There are times when I like reading a tame book. This book reminded me a great deal of "Babe." Then it went on and on and on much longer than it needed to and went in a strange direction. Then it ended and I was mad. This wasn't a mystery - it was a default.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • United States
  • 11-11-12

This was an odd little story.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it was light and had a plot. Loved the personalities of the different sheep.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see Three Bags Full being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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.