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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Cannon Narrator: Paula Wilcox Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781508214793
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Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God—they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover much more than ever imagined. As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in.

In the suffocating heat of the summer, the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. What the girls don’t realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this sharp and original debut by Cannon, a British psychiatrist, the two girls encounter a web of deception among their neighbors as they search for the truth behind this suburban mystery.”


  • “A masterfully constructed plot…This understated, somewhat quirky debut novel is remarkable for its structure, characterizations, pitch-perfect prose, touches of humor, and humanity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In her astute, engaging debut, Cannon uses the New Testament parable of the title to illustrate, wryly and with pinpoint accuracy, the righteous indignation and small-mindedness of a group of gossipy English suburbanites…An insightful, offbeat mystery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thoughtful tale of loyalty and friendship, family dynamics and human nature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door.”

    Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2016 
  • A BookPage Top Pick for July 2016
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About the Author

Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist with a degree from Leicester Medical School. She lives in England’s Peak District with her family and her dog. She is the author of Three Things about Elsie and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.