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Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
The detectives that set out to solve the murder in Three Bags Full are a flock of sheep in Ireland. Their beloved shepherd George, who used to read to them every night, is found murdered in the field with a spade to the chest. The sheep have learned some about humans from George's readings, and since murder is wolfish behavior, they're determined to find the murderer. Perhaps it was the butcher, or a rival shepherd, or George's lover. The sheep are limited by the fact that they're sheep, but led by Miss Maple ("quite possibly the cleverest sheep in the whole world"), they set out to solve the crime. Leonie Swann's debut novel has received positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "The combination of sly humor and naiveté makes this novel a surprising and refreshing read. The herd is filled with vivid characters laid out in loving detail."