Three Bags Full (2007) It would be easy to think of this novel — in which a flock of Irish sheep investigate the murder of their shepherd — as… 2007-06-05 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Flying Dolphin Press
Book Review

Three Bags Full (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2007; Writer: Leonie Swann; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Flying Dolphin Press

It would be easy to think of this novel — in which a flock of Irish sheep investigate the murder of their shepherd — as a silly attempt to inject some life into the crime genre. Despite the whimsical conceit and tone ("Sheep are not talkative folk. That's because their mouths are often full of grass"), Leonie Swann produces a clever spin on the ol' whodunit. She stocks Three Bags Full tale with a ewe detective named Miss Maple and a former circus denizen called Othello, each offering hay-filled interpretations of the human world (Jesus on the cross seems to be "the helpless victim of a knife-throwing act"). The result: a delightfully offbeat yarn. A-

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #938 Jun 08, 2007 Order article reprints