Book Review: Three Bags Full

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How serendipitous is this? It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the latest book I read happens to be a murder mystery set in Ireland. I swore I didn’t plan this (OK, maybe just a little. I was supposed to post the SIA inspiration today but I saved it for tomorrow.)

Anyway, “Three Bags Full” by Leonie Swann (the author is German, I read the English translation by Anthea Bell) is about a flock of sheep in the small town of Glennkill in Ireland. After discovering their beloved shepherd dead on the meadow with a spade stuck into him, they decide to find the killer. Led by the smartest sheep of the flock, Miss Maple, the investigation uncovers all sorts of secrets lurking beneath this seemingly idyllic Irish town and forces the sheep to face their own fears.

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I picked this up on a whim, because I thought the premise sounded awesome, sort of like Babe meets a crime thriller. The story itself is not as funny as I hoped – it’s more philosophical, full of allegories about religion and mortality (shepherd, God, it’s a natural connection), but it’s still really enjoyable. The sheep’s literal interpretation of human actions makes the symbolism fun instead of trite, and although the resolution feels a tad too easy, there are enough red herrings that I didn’t see it coming.

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Apparently there is already a second book to this Sheep Detective series, but it hasn’t been translated into English yet, which is too bad, because I figure out this is the kind of book that I would enjoy: a mystery with a bit of a quirky twist. Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you know? That is still pretty specific, but now at least I know what to look for other than my usual fare of fantasy and sci-fi.

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The outfit is pretty self-explanatory – white dress for the sheep and green cardigan for the green meadow. Plus it’s St. Patrick’s Day so of course I had to wear green. The scarf and tights are for warmth, mostly, though I like how the lace on the tights sort of echos the pattern on the scarf too.

Dress: tailored, Cardigan: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo, Tights: Forever21, Belt: local shop

5 Comments on “Book Review: Three Bags Full”

  1. Mike says:

    Yes, very serendipitous indeed Salazar. Today being St. Patrick’s Day makes it perfect for the book you’re reading. I think I’d like to read that story myself someday. I see an element of fantasy in that the sheep are anthropomorphic, an element that’s very effective when handled properly. This sounds to be the case here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Isabella says:

    “Babe” meets a crime thriller does sound excellent! Even if it didn’t turn out to be quite like that, the sheep detective idea is a really unique premise for a story.

    Your green and white look pretty and festive indeed! 

  3. Lauren says:

    That sounds like a very interesting book! Reminds me of Animal Farm but much less political and much more interesting. This outfit is so pretty! The lace dress looks stunning on you and paired with green is something I don’t see too often. So pretty!
    Visiting from the Mix It Mondays link up
    Exploring My Style

  4. Mrs C says:

    I am not a fan of thriller book as I can’t stand the suspense! I am more of a comedy buff, Sophie Kinsella kind of girl 😉 By the way everybody is going green for ST P’s day and I must say I love your shade of green.. reminds me of Robin Hood!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades

  5. Okay, that book sounds fascinating and I’m adding it to my list to read. I also absolutely love this look on you. The dress fits you like a dream.

    Thanks for linking up!

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