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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.

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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.

"Swann's quirky premise is well-executed by Bailey, who develops the identity of each member of the flock, young and old, ram and ewe.... Touching fare delivered with aplomb." ---AudioFile

""It's rather as if Agatha Christie had re-written The Wind in the Willows." ---The Independent (UK)

"Refreshingly original…. Laugh-out-loud humor" ---Publishers Weekly

"Both the production and narrative are outstanding." ---The Boston Globe Audio Review

"Bailey's narration is sweet.... She...opts for a subtle tongue-in-cheek approach." ---The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A completely original, sparklingly inventive, cleverly written story." ---Booklist Starred Review

"This quirky philosophical mystery is highly recommended." ---Library Journal Starred Review
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Three Bags Full

A Sheep Detective Story

Author Leonie Swann

Narrated by Josephine Bailey

Publication date Sep 3, 2007

Running time 9 hrs

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