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"Swann's light touch keeps cuteness at bay, and the whimsical conceit is nicely sharpened by literary allusions and running theologial jokes."
"Moments of high comedy come thick and fast ...this entertaining, light-hearted mystery is told from a refreshingly novel perspective."
"If you like a good murder mystery ... then you'll love this original and fun philosophical tale."
"Touching...as if Agatha Christie had rewritten The Wind in the Willows. I ended by loving it."
"Refreshingly, joyously different ... a witty, perceptive tale."
A detective story with a difference - the detectives are all crime-busting sheep ...See all Product Description
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"If it's a hole in his memory we ought to stop it up with more memories," said Cordelia. "You stop up a hole in the earth with more earth."
"But you don't stop up a rat-hole with more rats," said Cloud.
"You could," Cordelia insisted, "if they were very fat rats."
They use their own experience of the world, and of humans (and some, like the Hebridean ram Othello, have more than others) to try to make sense of the sudden death of their shepherd George and the peculiar behaviour of the surviving inhabitants of Glennkill (the macaronic pun on kill and cil, the Gaelic for church, is no accident). They also pool their varying talents. Chief detective Miss Maple, who didn't get her name for the reason you think, is intensely curious and intelligent; Othello knows more about people than most; Mopple, a merino with an insatiable appetite, also has a good memory. And then there's the enigmatic Melmoth….Read more ›
This book made me laugh, made me think, made my heart bleed at times, but above all, it made me feel fairly sheepish. It's definitely a must-read, and thinking about it, it actually says quite a lot about human priorities and all those misunderstandings that prevail in our society. The sheep's perspective is delightfully simple and really does make sense most of the time!
And there's even something to learn from this book: You've got to look at things (and not only Things) from a different angle at times. And: A sheep is more than a pie in the making.
Ms Swann, I'm waiting for the sequel!
Things kick off with the shepherd dead in his field with a spade through his heart. It's certainly amusing to watch the sheep try and understand the reactions of the various humans who discover the body and the reactions the killing provokes amongst the townspeople. In homage to their beloved master and inspired by a detective story he read to them, they vow to see justice done (even if they are somewhat hazy on what that means). The sheep are greatly handicapped by their limited exposure to human affairs, not to mention generally poor memories and short attention spans. However, this is somewhat balanced by their noses, which can scent lies, fear, and other human qualities. Led by the inquisitive ewe Miss Maple (that's Ms. Marple, in case you missed it...), they are soon skulking around the village, peering in windows, and eavesdropping left and right.
The book runs into a little bit of trouble in its need to maintain the sheep's perspective on events -- which makes things somewhat more oblique and drawn out than might be ideal. The central story is also sidetracked somewhat when the long-lost brother of the flock's lead ram mysteriously reappears and starts making all manner of enigmatic statements. But it's all generally entertaining enough to maintain the reader's interest until the end.Read more ›
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Such a good read! Totally recommend this to everyone! Especially if you like murder mysteries and/or lambs.Published 11 months ago by Anni Makinen
It is ok. I wouldn't rave over it, there are some funny bits in it but others are woolly bollocks frankly. Good idea but a bit pretentious in places.Published 14 months ago by stephen ferguson
One of the cleverest,funniest books my husband and I have ever read. If you're after something a wee bit different and off the wall, then this is it. Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Liz Sidnell
I bought this book because my mum read it and really enjoyed it. I was not disappointed at all. A really good story that both adults and children alike can enjoy.Published on 23 May 2014 by Ladywriter
A funny book that reminded me of Tom Holt in his first books. I was reading it in the metro and laughing. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by lenna georgia
How will you know if you like this book until you read it? There are no other (adult) books about sheep with exciting lives so you can't compare it to anything else but I thought... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2012 by Estella_USM
It is a a very easy to read and a fun novel. It makes you laugh like a children's book would, but it is not simplistic and boring.
The author is smart and innovative. Read more