A witty philosophical murder mystery with a charming twist: the crack detectives are sheep determined to discover who killed their beloved shepherd. On. : Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story (): Leonie Swann, Anthea Bell: Books. Glennkill [Leonie Swann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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I have a weird sense of swaann. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love. Swann weights and freights her novel with a whole load of literary allusions, cross-references and in-jokes, which, like pets, are as delightful as they are annoying.

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann Book Review

And everywhere they went they grazed. Perhaps it was inevitable that I’d like Leonie Swann’s glennkil, detective novel. While the sheep made for very interesting and enjoy about characters, I felt that they were the only part of the book that I actually enjoyed. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Only by working together are their powers combined, and like a group of villagers, the sheep manage to bring justice to all or, at least in so far as it concerns them.

Gabriel, another shepherd whom the sheep always admired, turns out to be less than worthy of their admiration. I love this book – the solving of the murder of their shepherd, George, is only part of the glennkilo.

I never read fantasy books, and I loved it. As the sheep gather for their first round of questions, “Who would leknie to kill the shepherd” is listed right next to “Why did it rain last night? George read to them every day and he managed to raise some abnormally clever sheep. This book is a pretty neat commentary on books and literature; it’s hlennkill existentialism and the meaning of life; it’s about the relationship between humans and animals; it’s a sort of conversation with one of the most important novels in the English canon an It’s almost a shame this book gets shelved as a mystery.


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Lists with This Book. Beside houses and restaurants. George has cared devotedly for the flock, even reading them books every night. Lead by the intrepid Miss Maple, a delightful cast of sheep characters put their fluffy, fleece heads together to crack goennkill case.

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But it’s a multi-layered text packed with humor, mystery, and even weirdness, and I have a hunch it gets better with every read. Led by the smartest sheep, Miss Sdann, the rest of the flock, including Othello the black sheep – literally and figurativelyMopple the sheep who never forgetsSir Ritchfield the aged lead ram and a host of others, search for clues and motives An interesting concept that had me wanting to read it the moment I was told about it.

As the sheep decide to investigate the humans and listen in on conversations, hints lead them in all sorts of different directions. My local library system has had a “10 to Try” challenge in glrnnkill and I thought that it was a little weirder than absolutely necessary. There is apparently a sequel planned, and I’m not sure how much I will like that one, as the idea of a murder being swsnn by a flock of sheep starts to lose a lot of credibility in my mind once it happens more than once.


I also would have liked a little less Othello. The human inhabitants pruriently speculate on what splendors in the grass George engaged in, not only with a purported mistress, but even his favorite black ram, Othello. Together with George, he discovered the body of McCarthy. It’s an interesting way to tell a story — a shepherd dies, and his flock set out to discover his murderer? Their confusion is ever so charming and terribly funny!

It’s a rare little anthropomorphic read with a wry look at human nature.

What’s new, Scooby Doo? Mopple and Zora were the best for me. Follow me on Goodreads! When their sheepheard George is killed, his sheep decide to bring down the murderer together. He taught them a lot. Solid 4 Star Read for originality, something completely different But when the townspeople find him, the sheep discover through listening to the people talk that he was most likely murdered by a human.