Thursday, August 30, 2007

Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann

Once upon a time there was so little translated crime available, I did feel there was a hope of keeping on top of it, reading-wise, but now there's more issued in a year than I can manage. This one's been out for a while and I haven't even got a copy let alone read it, though I see my library has it on talking book now, so that's also an option.

I'm referring to the sheep detective story by Leonie Swann called THREE BAGS FULL. Random House (US) have highlighted it in their newsletter.

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.

You can read an excerpt here.


Anonymous said...

The plot summary has a slight flavour of "seeking whom he must devour" by Fred Vargas, don't you think?

Kerrie said...

My review is at and contains a link to yours.

Praim said...

What is the actualy summary and what scences can I use in the book for ireland culture.