Three Bags Full

by

Author: Leonie Swann

Title: Three Bags Full

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date:2005

Number of Pages:341

Geographical Setting: The village of Glennkill, Ireland

Time Period:1999

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: All is not well in the cozy village of Glennkill when shepherd George Glenn is found dead in his very own pasture, a garden stake protruding from his chest.  With no clues or witnesses, the investigation into his murder seems to go nowhere, that is until his beloved flock of sheep decide to get involved.  His flock, led by Miss Maple “the smartest sheep in all of Glennkill (and perhaps the world),” decide to launch an investigation of their own, vowing to bring George’s killer to justice.  After piecing together the details of his murder they face only one problem—how in the world will they communicate their findings to the inattentive, dim-witted townspeople?  Swann paints a picturesque setting in this witty tale of quirky, eccentric characters, giving readers a bold, unique take on the mystery genre.

Subject Headings:
German Fiction, Mystery Stories, Sheep—Fiction, Murder—Investigation—Fiction, Shepherds—Fiction, Shepherds—Crimes against—Fiction, Rural life, Detective fiction

Appeal: leisurely-paced, gentle tone, humorous, eccentric characters, quirky, domestic storyline, imaginative, investigative, details of pasture landscape, intimate, rural, strong sense of place, style/language is accessible, conversational, smart, witty

3 terms That Best Describe This Book: humorous, quirky, witty

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Living with Sheep: Everything You Need to Know to Raise Your Own Flock—Chuck Wooster & Geoff Hansen (to provide more information about sheep flocks, intimate details on keeping sheep happy, gives an account from a person not immersed in agriculture and farm animals, so it’s more relatable to a broader audience)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland–Chrisopher Fitz-Simon (a picturesque view of some of Swann’s descriptions, to provide readers with more information about visiting Ireland, has a rural focus)

Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet–Catherine Friend (memoir about shepherding, includes details on the history of shepherding, witty writing style, humorous tone)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

A Dog about Town—J. F. Englert (features a smarter than average animal, features an amateur detective, humorous tone, mystery story)

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency—Alexander McCall Smith (1st in the series) (gentle tone, strong sense of place, humorous tone)

Seeking Whom He May Devour: Chief Inspector Adamsberg Investigates—Fred Vargas (2nd in the series) (mystery fiction that takes place in Europe, features attacks on sheep, features the murder of a sheep breeder, versatility in pleasing both cozy and hard-boiled mystery fans)

–Jessica Bartz

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