Three Bags Full (Sheep Detective Story, Bk 1)
Three Bags Full - Sheep Detective Story, Bk 1 Author:Leonie Swann, Anthea Bell (Translator) 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 sh... more »eep, 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. “It’s rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written The Wind in the Willows, and I ended by loving it, ”Jane Jakeman wrote in The Independent. Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American readers.« less
I don't get the "religious" comment from another reviewer...the sheep's consensus of what souls are and who God is are quite hilarious, like their interpretations of human romance and other baffling behaviors. I also didn't think it was too cutesy. The tale does stumble a bit in the beginning, probably due to the characters starting out unfocused and easily distracted (they are grieving sheep!), but Swann's writing is good enough to get the reader through some rough patches. There are deep internal struggles in there, too, like Richard Adams wrote so vividly in Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. On the whole, the tone is more lighthearted, like a wry British cozy mystery.
This was a very funny and interesting book about detective sheep who want to find out who killed their shepherd. There is a bit of religion to the story, but it's not a religuous story. Those silly sheep get it (and most everything else skewed) in a hilariously way. They seem to get everything all wrong, yet, in the end, they get it all right. I would definitely compare this to a Richard Adams "Watership Down" type book...although maybe not quite as involved at that. Still, a great read with an interesting twist on murder mysteries.
This was a little quirky but compelling. The premise is that a flock of sheep investigate the murder of their sheperd. Some of the conclusions that they 'jump' to are very interesting considering they don't have the human experience to relate to. Well written and will keep you guessing.
This is a cute book about a flock of sheep who decide to bring about "JUSTICE!" when they find their shepherd dead in their field. The perspective of humans from the sheep's point of view is sometimes downright hilariuos, particularly with their complete misunderstandings about religion!
But other times it seems to flounder around a bit. I think that the author tries to bring too many individual personalities from the flock into the story, and that coupled with the suspects makes the tale a bit confusing. But overall it's a delightful, light read.