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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story
Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story | Leonie Swann
44 posts | 45 read | 48 to read
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. "It's rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written "The Wind in the Willows," and I ended by loving it, "Jane Jakeman wrote in "The Independent." Funny, fresh, and endearing, it introduces a wonderful breed of detectives to American readers.
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CindyRene
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Lcsmcat Awww! 1mo
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mrsmarch
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Sitting in the upstairs hall in my pajamas because my children WON‘T SLEEP. I think the weather has them delirious. 75 degrees and 97% humidity. Looking over the #lmpbc copy of _Three Bags Full_ that came back to me today! So much fun!

Tamra Humidity is zero fun. 😖 1mo
mrsmarch @Tamra We are melting. Patience gone. 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I enjoyed that book — be sure to shuffle the pages to watch the sheep jump 🐑 ! Hope your kids sleep better tonight. 1mo
mrsmarch @ValerieAndBooks it‘s 3:20 pm and things are not looking well. My 2 year old is rolling around on the living room floor screaming. 1mo
CindyRene @mrsmarch I'm still talking about those sheep 😂 !! && Couldn't help but naming our puppy's new friend Zora 😁. I'll post a pic for you here in a bit 1mo
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AnneFindsJoy
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@mrsmarch I‘m so sorry but I‘ve had a ridiculously busy month and am behind on my reading! I‘ve started this and it‘s so cute, I just need things to calm down in my life so I can enjoy finishing it! So it will be late coming back to you, but hopefully not too too late ! #LMPBC #round5 #groupQ

AnneFindsJoy @mrsmarch I finished it and mailed it to you , will arrive by the 19th! 🐑 🐑 🐑 1mo
mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy Hooray! At least you were its last stop! 1mo
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Meaw_catlady
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#BFC photo challenge. I have listened to a few great audiobooks Norse Mythology and the Kiss Quotient being winners. But my favorite read so far during this challenge was this book. There was just something unique about it. Also here‘s my baby Lucy she has been here for me with the cuddles while I‘ve been on the struggle bus.

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 3mo
bewareofwords Those all look like great books. And cute kitty! 😻 3mo
BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 3mo
mabell 😻😻😻 3mo
Erofan 😻 2mo
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Meaw_catlady
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These flock of sheep were quite lovely. I enjoyed going on the journey with them to solve the mystery. Their naïveté was endearing and had me enlambered (get it) ?
There was a small trigger for me in this book but otherwise I enjoyed it a lot. It‘s fun to get a perspective other then human on a story.
#lmpbc #groupq it‘s on its way to you now @AnneFindsJoy !!

CindyRene Last time I checked the tracking it said your next one up should arrive today 3mo
DaveGreen7777 “Enlambered”?! I see what ewe did there! 😂 🐑 3mo
Meaw_catlady @CindyRene yay! I‘m excited! 3mo
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Meaw_catlady @DaveGreen7777 I‘m dying 😂😂😂 thanks for the laughs 3mo
DaveGreen7777 @Meaw_catlady BWAH-HA-HA!!! I thought you‘d like that one! 🤣😂 3mo
AnneFindsJoy Looking forward to it! 3mo
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suzisteffen
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
📚 Tagged!
📚📚 The trailer for “Always Be Your Maybe” came out! 😮😮😮
📚📚📚 hmmm Mediterranean or Thai
📚📚📚📚 Yep & like ... hm. 8? 10? Something like that. Perhaps some unknown ones, WHO KNOWS? Lot of uncles. 😂
📚📚📚📚📚 uhhhh I‘m bad at tagging people so GO FOR IT, EVERYONE

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh why didn‘t I think of Mediterranean? 👊🏻 3mo
suzisteffen @BarbaraTheBibliophage Luckily we‘re not ACTUALLY confined to our choices! 😂 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Seriously 😳 3mo
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Meaw_catlady
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Salem is here too and he‘s excited to dig into our next #lmpbc book Three bags full! #groupq #catsoflitsy
🎶 meow meow black cat have you any fur? 🎶
@CindyRene @mrsmarch @AnneFindsJoy

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CindyRene
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@Meaw_catlady this is headed your way! Mailed it off today 😁
Hope you enjoy! 🐑🐏🐑
#LMPBC #Round5 #GroupQ

Addison_Reads This book has been on my TBR forever. I bought it at a bookstore in Austin, TX, with @Canndor years ago. I think I'll move it up on my list. 😀 4mo
CindyRene @Addison_Reads it was such a fun read! Very well written and keeps you thinking for days. Hope you enjoy 😊 4mo
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CindyRene
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This book was a delight to read! These sheep are not from the typical run of the mill herd, that's for sure. I related to them in so many ways 🤔😂.
Now to finish with all my mark-ups✍️. You would think I'm studying for exams of some sort- these 🐑🐏 really have my ⚙️⚙️'s turning! 🤓
#LMPBC #round5 #GROUPQ
@mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady @AnneFindsJoy

AnneFindsJoy Yay so glad it‘s delightful! I can‘t wait till it‘s my turn to read this one! 4mo
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CindyRene
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Look what came in the mail today! @mrsmarch, I can't wait to get started on this!
#LMPBC #Round5 #GroupQ

mrsmarch Hooray!!!! 5mo
ReadingRover That‘s been on my tbr forever. It looks like so much fun!!! 5mo
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unabridgedchick
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Incredulous kitty: how dare I read instead of petting?

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mrsmarch
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In the mail either tomorrow or Monday to @CindyRene !! It baaaaaaarely fits in the envelope. #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

CindyRene 💗💗 yay!! almost finished marking up Kindred too. Can't wait to receive your book! I'll be looking for it 😁🐑🐏🐑🐏 5mo
mrsmarch @CindyRene I‘m going to be the last to receive Kindred! I‘m already feeling so much pressure to live up to everyone else‘s remarks. 😂😂 5mo
CindyRene @mrsmarch I know what you mean. I'm feeling that pressure too. I think once we get going with each other's book it'll fall into place and be allot of fun 5mo
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mrsmarch
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Bunny hasn‘t quite grasped that one of her jobs is to pose with my books. #dogsoflitsy #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

Meaw_catlady Aww bunny!! 😻 6mo
mrsmarch @Meaw_catlady She‘s like — I am laying here, why are you putting crap on me? I‘m going to take a big breath and knock it over! Take that! I hear a sound outside, it could be coyotes or brigands or highwaymen and here I am under Mom‘s dumb book! (edited) 6mo
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mrsmarch
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“None of your shenanigans, Mother.” :: #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

CindyRene 😂😂😂 6mo
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mrsmarch
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#lmpbc #round5 #groupQ I think this means I‘ll always be mailing to @CindyRene right?

CindyRene This is new to me too, but yes that's how I'm understanding it 6mo
mrsmarch @CindyRene As long as the 4 of us know what we‘re doing 🤣 6mo
Meaw_catlady Haha so I‘m mailing to @AnneFindsJoy 6mo
AnneFindsJoy Ah ok good to know! I‘m mailing to @mrsmarch each time! 🙌 6mo
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mrsmarch
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#GroupQ is not joking around! I think we accidentally became a Litsy Markup Postal Magical Realism Book Club. #lmpbc #round5

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mrsmarch
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I literally cannot WAIT for @CindyRene to post her ideas for the 4th book! It‘s like waiting for the whipped cream on the frosting on the cake!

CindyRene Working on them now 😉 6mo
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mrsmarch
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Ok, that‘s 2/4 settled? #lmpbc #round5 #groupQ

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quietjenn
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Just realized how perverse it is to be eating lamb over rice as I read this. OOPS!

taraWritesSci 🤣 6mo
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Starting this tonight for one of my reading challenges.

SW-T It was a fun read for me 😊 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @SW-T Thanks! I needed a book that was narrated by animals for the challenge. 7mo
tysephine SHEEP DETECTIVES? Yes please *stacked* 7mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess @tysephine I know! 🤗❤️ 7mo
quietjenn I just downloaded this one for the same reason 😄 7mo
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RachelAnne777
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#bookishrewind2018 *Credit @joyce.merces

Dec. 26 - Favorite standalones

📚 Jonathan Strange and Nr. Norell - loved the atmosphere, the writing style (it read like it was written the Victorian era to me), and the subtle magic
📚 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - lots of LOLing happened while reading.
📚 Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann - this is a murder mystery and the flock of sheep are the detectives!

Lauram Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
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mrsmarch
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Man, checking Litsy at 3 am while I blow my nose and chug Alka-Seltzer Cold & Cough is bad for my TBR. I think I‘ve stacked like three books? Let me add to all of YOUR impulse-wee-hours by sharing this book I recommended to @trueisa4letterword before I went to bed last night. Do you like sheep? Do you like mysteries? Do you like sheep solving mysteries? Are you disturbingly fond of abysses and maple on toast? This book‘s for you!

RachelO That‘s quite a sell! 😂😂 8mo
mrsmarch @RachelO It lives up to expectations too! 8mo
shanaqui I've got to reread this sometime! 8mo
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Librarybelle This has been on my to read list, but I‘ve yet to stack it on Litsy. Remedies that now! And, hope you feel better soon! 8mo
Tamra I‘m sold! 8mo
LiteraryinLititz Feel better! 8mo
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bunny
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When George Glenn‘s body is found lying in his sheep field, his flock realizes that they must be the ones to find justice (whatever that is—they‘re not sure) for their beloved shepherd. What follows is one of the more unusual mysteries I‘ve read. Although I enjoyed it, I‘m left feeling a bit bewildered afterward. Still, it was fun. 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♂️🐏🐑

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karenna
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#RiotGrams--day 3--naked hardcovers. This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries, pictured with its shorn fleece. What's not to love about a group of sheep solving their book-loving shepherd's murder?

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Bookworm83
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My sister and I put together bookish boxes as our gift this year and here is mine 📚🎄📚🎄 I even got custom coasters and bookmarks made by my little nephew 😍 Thanks @CaitMobley ! Love you 💜

DebinHawaii That's wonderful! ❤️💚 2y
RealLifeReading That's awesome! 2y
merelybookish A good sister! 👍 2y
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TommieMarie74 Love this!! What a great gift idea!! 2y
Owlizabeth Awwww 💜💜💜 2y
dragondrool Easily the bookmarks and coasters are the best part. Landon is very talented. Since I minored in coloring, I am qualified to say so. 2y
ReadingRover Best gifts ever!!! 2y
Cortg Love the bookmarks and coasters! Merry merry! 2y
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LeslieO
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Sheep are #unusualnarrators . This book was fun. #anditsaugust

IamIamIam If Carl Hiaasen liked it, that's enough for me!!! 🤣🤣 2y
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monkeygirlsmama 💙💙💙 2y
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biblometasia
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Ich liebe ja Bücher, die etwas außergewöhnlich sind. Ein Krimi in dem Schafe zu Wort kommen und den Mörder ihres Schäfers ermitteln wollen, gehört also definitiv in meine Sammlung. Glennkill kenne ich bisher nur als Hörbuch. Lesen möchte ich es aber auch noch unbedingt, weil meine Mum mir gesagt hat, dass das Hörbuch gekürzt ist.
Welche Bücher kennt ihr nur in gekürzter Hörbuchfassung? Mögt ihr die genauso wenig wie ich?

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Chessa
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Day 5 of #riotgrams / number titles. I went hunting in my living room shelves for appropriate books and was shocked by how many we had! Fun fact: I have read exactly one of these books. 😬😱🤷🏻‍♀️ #numbertitles

EllieDottie Which one?? 2y
Chessa @EllieDottie Ready Player One! 2y
Karkar So many good titles... I have only read 3 2y
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mwgerard
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Clever and funny

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BeththeBookDragon
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🐏🐑

the_hibernator This was an adorable book. And I loved flipping the pages and watching the sheep 🐑 move. 3y
Tanner I love those sheep! 3y
Chessa Ooh, I picked this up at the thrift shop the other day and I'm really looking forward to it! 3y
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First of two #libraryhauls this week!

RanaElizabeth The librarian book sounds really intriguing. 3y
Daughter-of-words A monster calls is really really good👍 3y
GeekGrl82 A Monster Calls i s excellent. It's been almost a decade since I read Three Bags Full, but it was interesting. 3y
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Zelma @RanaElizabeth it's really good on audio. It's kind of an odd memoir due to the topics he covers (librarianship, Tourette's, Mormonism, weightlifting) but is definitely interesting. 3y
BeththeBookDragon @Zelma @RanaElizabeth I'm looking forward to that one. I love audio, but have bitten off more than I can chew there and am already hustling to get them read before they need to go back to the library. 3y
BeththeBookDragon @GeekGrl82 You've read it? I randomly ran across it on here and thought it sounded light and different. 3y
GeekGrl82 @bethfriedman906 We did it for book club about a year after it came out. Light and different is a good description. 3y
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DGRachel
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Really struggling with this one. I expected something fun and charming with slightly silly narrators (like a Chet & Bernie story). Instead, the book seems to take itself very seriously. The sheep have more "human" thoughts and reactions and I have yet to laugh. I'm going to give it a few more chapters, I think, because the Litsy reviews are good, but I'm just not sure.

LectricSheep Wait...what??? Sheep detectives??? 3y
DGRachel @LectricSheep Yep - someone murders their shepherd so they take it upon themselves to find out who. At least, that's what the book jacket promises. I'm 70 pages in and not entertained, but I may just be in a mood. 🐏 3y
Hooked_on_books It definitely had an undercurrent of melancholy and wasn't entirely what I expected, but I liked it. Try reading it aloud with an Irish brogue. Worked for me. 😉 3y
DGRachel @Hooked_on_books 😂😂 If only the Audible narrator was Irish, I would grab the audio version! 3y
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DGRachel
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Sheep flip animation! You just can't get that on a Kindle. 😁

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JSW
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Clever, silly, funny, and delightful. These sheep remind me of people. Or do people remind me of sheep?! Either way, very enjoyable read and a pretty respectable mystery, too.

SusanInTiburon So glad you liked it too! 🐏🐏🐏 3y
JSW @SusanInTiburon thank you!! I did, and I passed on the rec to my mom and sister in law. 😘 Sharing the book love! 3y
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JSW

This is the perfect antidote to the psycho Perfect Days. 🐏🐏🐏🐏

BookishFeminist 😂 did you survive that ridiculous book? 3y
JSW @BookishFeminist I did. Not sure how I managed to NOT throw it through a window. 3y
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Tanner
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This was a fun read, and a refreshing change from the "sheep are stupid" stereotype. #24in48 #readathon

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Hooked_on_books
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Thank you, fellow Litsyites, for suggesting this one! It was a delight to read--whimsical and fun. I've read a dog as a narrator before but never sheep! Too bad the follow-up books aren't translated into English!

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Tanner
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Book 2 of my order is also in - I read so many good things about this on Litsy and please, a mystery book with sheep as the detectives‽ I can't not read this!

SusanInTiburon Don't you love the flip-book corners? 😃 3y
Suzze @Susanintiburon I'd totally forgotten about those. 3y
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MrBook Your pooch looks interested in it as well 😸👍🏻. 3y
Tanner @MrBook Being a beagle, he's probably thinking "Can I eat that when you're done with it?" 3y
MrBook 😂😂😂👍🏻 3y
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JSW

This book is cracking me up. Anyone who can put their mind in the minds of sheep sounds like an author I want to have over for dinner. 😂😂😂😂

SusanInTiburon Right?! I loved that they had a legend about sheep clouds! 3y
JSW @Susanintiburon I'm loving this book!!! 3y
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Special mention for the great translation by Anthea Bell! Originally in German, the English translation is full of nicknames, echoes, and plays on words that both serve the story and tickle the reader. 🏅

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SusanInTiburon
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Yes! Delightful! How do a flock of sheep - vague, jumpy, passive- solve a murder? Collectively (of course) and with persistence and attention. Their solution is both quite wrong and essentially right. What's more, they drive the (human) truth out into the open.

MaureenMc I've had this on my shelf for years. Now maybe I'll get around to reading it soon! 3y
tanged I had fun reading this one! 3y
JSW Just read a sample and downloaded to kindle. Thanks for the review; would never have heard of it otherwise and it seems funny and sweet (for a murder mystery). 😂 3y
SusanInTiburon @JSW I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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SusanInTiburon
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Not sure what to expect here: a flock of sheep set about finding the murderer of their shepherd (who read books to them every night). I'm hoping for a sheep's-eye view of humanity. A little lamb leaps in the bottom corner of each right-hand page, making a bonus flip-book of frolicking foragers.

Mairi That sounds awesome!! 3y
Bookworm83 This has been on my TBR list for a long time! 3y
SarahK I've had it on my iPad forever. I'm excited to hear how it turns out. 3y
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moranadatter @Mairi I had the exact same reaction. 3y
Lindy This book is a delight! 🐏🐏🐏🐏🐏 3y
SusanInTiburon @Lindy Good to hear -especially from you! 😊 3y
heylucy As a knitter and a spinner, I'm going to have to give this one a read!🐏 3y
Lakesidemusing Hmmm.. New to me, but sounds like it could be fun. 3y
Hooked_on_books Oh goodness, that looks adorable! 3y
BestOfFates I have owned this book for years but never gotten around to reading it - can't wait to hear what you think! 3y
Suzze Our book group read this about 10 years ago. We were all so excited as it sounded like such fun. We were all disappointed. Hope you like it more than we did. 3y
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Swaxgirl922
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Here's the thing. I have sheep, just three not a huge flock. This book butted up the way I think of them. I feel like I need to go read aloud to them every day now. Would I have enjoyed this as much if I didn't have sheep? Probably not, it's still fun though!