Three Bags Full

  • by Leonie Swann
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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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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.
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- LB in Dallas "marlin515"

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.
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- NKBH "NKBH"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio