While poking around at the bookstore I also stumbled across this book:
It's called Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story. Rather than trying to explain it, I will quote the paragraph that caused the book to leap into my hand:
On a hillside near the cozy Irish village of Glennkill, the members of the flock gather around their shepherd, George, whose body lies pinned to the ground with a spade. George has cared for the sheep, reading them a plethora of books every night. The daily exposure to literature has made them far savvier about the workings of the human mind than your average sheep. Led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill (and possibly the world), they set out to find George's killer.Question: Is there any way I could have possibly managed to avoid buying this book after reading that paragraph?
Answer: No, there is not. It might as well have said, "This book specifically designed for the strange tastes of Matt Mikalatos." I got a silly little grin on my face and stacked it on top of my Connelly book.
Now I have two books I'm excited about. Yay!