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A Stuga On the Cusp of the Orust Riviera, tucked away next to a hobbit hole in the woods.

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

Three Bags Full - Leonie Swann

bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, mystery-thriller, winter20092010, philosophy, published-2005, britain-ireland, books-with-a-passport, books-about-books-and-book-shops, suicide, teh-brillianz, translation

Recommended for: Onto Hayes then Susanna
Read from February 25 to 28, 2010


Othello Boldly Grazes Past "He was healthy yesterday," said Maude.


Extreme Sheepherding.




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, a flock of sheep gathers around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared devotedly for the flock, even reading them books every night. 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, wild metaphysical speculations, and embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love.
Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful new breed of detectives to Canadian readers.