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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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

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.
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- k

Book Details

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