The Mule Ears Updates

The Mule Ears, fourth book in the Big Bend Country Mysteries series, is on track for a late fall 2022 debut. I've held it back while I sketch out the plot for the fifth book—tentatively entitled The Roosevelt Cottage. While the books are complete in themselves, there's on overall narrative that needs to be coherent and consistent. So I've been tweaking The Mule Ears to lead neatly into that climactic (but not necessarily final) fifth book.

Composed during our "plague years," The Mule Ears is deliberately lighter in tone than early tales—offering some relief for readers tired of viruses and inflationary woes. There is, of course, a crime. Or is there?

The title of the novel comes from a distinctive feature at Big Bend National Park, two peaks along the Max Roswell Scenic Drive that resemble a mule's ears. And the epigraph for the book? "Lord, what fools these mortals be," from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Yep, there's a connection.