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Glennkill: Ein Schafskrimi is the original German title of Three Bags Full: a sheep detective story, written by Leonie Swann and translated by Anthea Bell. The story follows a herd of sheep as they try to find out who murdered their shepherd.


This book provides examples of:

  • Big Eater: Mopple the Whale, as the name implies.
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  • Crapsaccharine World: The sheep are utterly adorable as they go about solving a murder.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: at the Smartest Sheep of Glennkill Contest, Tom O'Malley stands up and shouts "The sheep! They're trying to tell us about George's murder! The bartender's response? "Sit down. You're drunk again."
  • Dark Secret: George was using his sheep to smuggle drugs for the mysterious man's organization in exchange for favours like making sure a meat processing plant was not built near the village.
  • Disney Dog Fight: How the lawyer determines that Rebecca is to bring the sheep to Europe.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When the mysterious man shows up to murder Rebecca, she pleads with him, "Isn't there anything I can do to convince you I'm not a threat?" He replies "That would be nice, but I'm not quite that unprofessional." "I didn't mean that! They do it anyway.
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  • Never Found the Body: George went out to look for Melmoth. He came back without Melmoth and smelling like death.

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