I am almost a little late for this months book reommendations – but here I am! Phew! Did you have a nice christmas? So this is the book I recommend this time:
This is Three bags full by the german writer Leonie Swann.
On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, a flock of sheep gathers around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared devotedly for the flock, even reading them books every night. 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, wild metaphysical speculations, and embark on reconnaissance missions into the village, where they encounter some likely suspects. Along the way, the sheep confront their own all-too-human struggles with guilt, misdeeds, and unrequited love.
To be honest – I have never given much consideration on sheep. They were just there and I would never loose many thoughts about them. I guess I would never have read this book either if it were not for my sister. She read it and loved it, so I thought I’d give it a go and I am glad I did! It is so much fun to accompany the flock on their journey on finding the murderer of their sheperd. It is fun because you gain a whole different perspective on humans and on human behaviour. I loved it how everyone of the flock played its role, everyone was important to the story and I also loved those references to the Miss Marple mysteries. It’s a great, witty, touching story that you will definetley enjoy! For me, it’s the best sheep detective novel ever written!