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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonie Swann Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An original and clever mystery, with a flock of endearingly woolly detectives. I may never eat lamb chops again.”

    Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Moments of High Comedy come thick and fast…This entertaining, lighthearted mystery is told from a refreshingly novel perspective.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Sheep make great detectives. I loved this book.”

    Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser series

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/12/2014

    " This is a pretty cute and clever book told by a flock of sheep. I've always had a fondness for the cute little guys. The sheep's shepherd has been murdered, and out of a sense of loyalty, and a good mystery, they have decided to figure out who murdered their shepherd. There are some pretty funny scenes, and the sheep have some funny ideas about humans. Plus at the bottom of each page, there is a cute little drawing of a sheep, and if you flip the pages fast, then it turns into a sheep jumping up and down, and who wouldn't love that! The book does have a few slow parts that tend to go on a little longer than necessary. But overall it is pretty cute and a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by laura carbonneau | 1/25/2014

    " A totally quirky crime-mystery involving some smart and not-so-smart sheep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 1/14/2014

    " A sweet story, but I had trouble with talking sheep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/11/2014

    " I don't really like mysteries but I fell in love with the sheep in this book, their observations of human nature were witty and engrossing. I was a bit worried when I was afraid that the sheep were in fact better mystery solvers than I was so I was content when I came to the correct conclusion a few pages before they did. Fun and light-hearted read thats perfect for someone looking for "something different". "

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About the Author
Author Leonie Swann

Leonie Swann earned degrees in philosophy, psychology, and communications from Munich University, spent some time in Paris and Ireland and has worked in journalism and public relations. Three Bags Full, her first novel, is being translated into six languages.