Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

On Ice Dams and Frozen Pipes

The bitter cold currently holding so much of the country in a seeming death grip brought back memories of our dramatic move from the mild climes of New Jersey to the  harsh winters of  New Hampshire in December of 1970.

For three months, we rented an older, very large house on N. Main Street in Wolfeboro, N.H. Overnight, the first night of our living there,  the new studded nylon tires we had brought in Jersey to help our Ford Country Sedan deal with the snow developed flat spots frozen into them because the car was not garaged,… Continue reading

Happy New Year, New Book, and Surprised

Happy New Year!

There have not been many posts over this busy season (One since Christmas Eve!) but one New Year’s Resolution is to never allow more than three days to pass without a post from me on this blog.

This post returns to a familiar topic-the Stacey Burns murder- but first a progress report on my new novel. I will be meeting with the publisher by the end of January to arrange details for publication of the currently titled The Tipping Point, a title that likely will be changed before all is said and done. Those who have read… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish all the readers and contributors to this blog a very Merry Christmas and a New Year blessed with good health, peace, and contentment.

I look forward to a new year which will see a new Parker Havenot novel and possibly two anthologies of short fiction and non-fiction I’ve written over the years, including some award winning essays and short stories.

I also will be praying that one of my correspondents is correct in the prediction that there will an arrest in the Stacey Burns murder case, and I can finally finish Murder in a Small Town:… Continue reading

Who Accepts This?

“Brian Strong doesn’t enjoy lying, don’t make him. Stacey’s killer is well known to him and it’s with great disappointment that he will never be brought to justice. Leave them alone and accept it. It happens all the time (over 125 in 30 years) here in N.H. the live free or die state. Stacey just wasn’t ever going to be free “

The above comment may be found in the comments section on my website under my “Still Waiting” post.  I am calling attention to it because someone reading it there may feel it needs further clarification. In fact,… Continue reading

Still Waiting . . .

This will be brief: I still wonder what may have happened to the tip submitted in early May about the Stacey Burns murder case. I know that the authorities are not bound to let anyone know what happens to  a tip. I get that and I live in fear that something I say or do might result in screwing up this investigation. However, that being said, how about a phone call saying nothing, such as these clichés? (sometimes even a cliché can make a person feel better. ) “We’re following up. Thanks!” “We are on top of this, trust… Continue reading

Writer’s Digest Review

              I wanted to share this commentary from Writer’s Digest with my readers/followers on this blog as it make me pretty proud of my latest novel, Cracks in the Wall.

“Cracks in the Wall presents with a dramatic cover art design. . . . No issues with the over-all production quality—well done. As I stated this entry, something seemed familiar. I do believe I may have read and perhaps judged another book with the character Parker Havenot. I say this because I love the character. This author has an excellent mystery writing voice… Continue reading

The Two Day Rule

Following are several paragraphs from Chapter Seven-“The Exes” in the first draft of the Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns” book. As mentioned numerous times, this narrative is incomplete, simply because  the ending of the real story has not yet  been told. Please note the last two sentences, written over five years ago. At that time, it appeared that the focus was on one person. One has to wonder if that focus still exists. Now, some have told me that I should not be so critical of the police investigation. However, if that… Continue reading

Risky but Necessary

As promised in a previous blog, I am occasionally including small portions of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, which is a book waiting for the arrest/trial/conviction chapters to be written. Here is the beginning of Chapter Six. This was written over four years ago!

Chapter Six

How Is It Possible?

In 1996, Stacey Burns, a thirty year-old mother of five, moved with her family to the quiet, rural town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Not many in that spirited age bracket give much thought to death; instead, they embrace the immortality syndrome, the… Continue reading

Winning Contests, Selling Books

 The photo show me reading a snippet of the first place winning personal essay in the Society of Southwestern Authors 2017 Writing Competition yesterday at the award luncheon.

For those  looking only for Stacey Burns posts from this blog, you are excused from this one if you wish. Please note that I really don’t want this to sound egotistical, although many will perceive it as such.  (and it probably does.) It is a dilemma for which I’d welcome any opinions or suggestions.

For three years straight, three short personal essays of mine have placed first in large… Continue reading

Memories . . .

Back to my “murder” book, I am struck by how many times I mention that this event or that conversation occurred two, or three, or more years before. Usually the reason this is mentioned is simply because the passage of time colors our perception of events. Can it be denied that eight and half years of talking about the  murder of Stacey Burns has not changed people’s perception of that horrible event? I know I’ll receive comments that the day was so traumatic that the memories are indelibly etched into the minds of those involved. While this may be… Continue reading

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