Posted by: Ele Quigan | November 5, 2010

“Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story” Leonie Swann

Carrying on from my last blog finding reading a bit of a drain at the moment, I received a lovely novel via our work internal mail to try. (Thanks Kat!) Best described as a detective story, rather than the usual single protagonist – this time there’s several. A whole flockactually. Yes. A flock of sheep.
It’s quite twee, a little bit funny, a little bit sad, mostly inoffensive. Growing up on a farm – I often wondered what the life of animals like. Do they really just graze and sleep?

There’s a fairly interesting murder/death element to the story, from the murder of their shepherd that they are trying to find the culprit for, to the sheep being afraid of the local butcher, to a slightly weird heaven hell element as well (they call the local pastor ‘God’). A nice insight into what could possibly be a sheep-like view as well.

Not quite enough to make me want to become a vegetarian, and something that is more unbelievable that I thought it possibly should have been, still a nice light fluffy (wooly?) read all the same.

It’s made me want to read more literature, so coming up this month – some more serious reads…


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