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On a hillside near the cosy Irish village of Glennkill, a flock of sheep gather around their beloved shepherd George, who lies murdered, his body pinned to the pasture with a spade. Fortunately, George has left behind an unusually intelligent group of sheep. Every night since they were lambs, he has read aloud to them - fairy tales, factual books about ovine disease, even detective stories - in order to help them sleep. Faced with a real-life investigation, the flock spring into action. They are led with fortitude by Miss Maple, the cleverest sheep in Glennkill and possibly the world, She is aided by Cordelia, who loves long words; and Othello, a ram with a dark past. Together they uncover the truth behind the life and death of their shepherd. Why did George tie little packets under their bellies before they crossed the meadow? And whose blood does Ham the butcher have on his hands? While some of the detectives insist on chewing the evidence, or even forgetting it, together they succeed in shedding the revelatory light on the inexplicable world of human beings, and even on themselves.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 28mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774006
  • 9780552774000
  • 139,016

Review quote

"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."show more

About Leonie Swann

Leonie Swann has worked in journalism and PR. She is 29 years old and is studying for a PhD in English Literature. She is at work on a second tale of sheep detectives.show more

Review Text

"Touching...as if Agatha Christie had rewritten The Wind in the Willows. I ended by loving it."show more

Back cover copy

The internationally bestselling novel of crime-busting sheep 'Moments of high comedy come thick and fast ... this entertaining, light-hearted mystery is told from a refreshingly novel perspective' Daily Mail 'Refreshingly, joyously different' Sunday Telegraph Miss Maple, Cordelia, Mopple and the rest of the flock are unusually intelligent sheep. Every night since they were lambs, George, their beloved shepherd, had read aloud fairy tales and detective stories to help them sleep. Now George lies murdered, his body pinned to the pasture with a spade. Faced with the prospect of a real-life investigation, the flock spring into action - the first case for the sensational woolly detectives. 'Genuinely odd and affecting ... the best sheep detective novel you'll read all year' Guardian 'If you like a good murder mystery then you'll love this original and fun, philosophical tale' OK Magazineshow more

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8,168 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,666)
4 37% (3,005)
3 29% (2,401)
2 10% (817)
1 3% (279)
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