What took so long?

As I've explained in earlier versions of this posting, I hoped that The Mule Ears would appear by late fall, 2022. But I held it back while I sketched out the plot for the fifth book in the Big Bend Country Mystery series—tentatively entitled The Roosevelt Cottage—tweakingThe Mule Ears to lead neatly into that climactic story.

Then I fell off my mountain bike. Surgery was required, slowing me down yet more. And production of The Mule Ears, too, has taken longer than expected.

But the book is real, available on Amazon, and reviewed already by Kirkus Reviews. I do hope you find The Mule Ears worth the wait. It's deliberately much lighter in tone than previous tales in the series—offering relief for readers tired of viruses, masks, politics, and inflationary woes. There is, of course, a crime and plenty of intrigue. But some laughs too, I hope.

The title of the novel in the 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? It's "Lord, what fools these mortals be," from A Midsummer Night's Dream. That should tell you a lot.