Bad Luck Update: Change of Blues
I’m leaving my winter blues behind and pulling out my short sleeve uniforms for the hotter months. Our trees are turning green, my goldfish are making an appearance at the top of the pond, and I’m ready for summer barbeques, gardening, wildlife and warmth. Our crime rates seem to spike as the temperature heats up so I’m also prepared for car chases, irritable complainants and farmer John’s dogs terrorizing Mrs. White’s chickens. Then combine juvenile delinquents causing havoc with the po po instead of their teachers, and believe it or not, I truly love this time of year.
On April 28th and 29th, I will host fellow writer Nicolas Henry Vidocq for his third installment of the three part series titled Beyond the Man in the Iron Mask. This coming weekend, April 14th and 15th, part one can be found on Gary Lee Walter’s blog “Stretlaw” and then part two on April 21st and 22nd on David Swanson’s blog “Case Jackets.” Vidocq runs the Defrosting Cold Cases blog and combines true-crime, history and modern day mysteries. If you’ve never been to his website please visit and discover why I can’t stay away.
I am hard at work on my next book “Bad Luck in Small Town.” I’m combining one of my unusual homicide investigations with past blog posts. The true story combines a dead body and a toaster with a great mystery. Due for release this fall.
Bad Luck Officer, my second book is in need of reader reviews. If you’re willing to write a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords, I will give you a free digital copy of book III when it’s released. After you post the review please send me an email at suzieivy @ ymail .com (all one word) and I will add you to my free book list. Thank you in advance.
On April 21st, my friend and fellow blogger Melissa Crytzer-Fry is visiting Small Town and accompanying me on a ride-a-long. She is an incredible writer and photographer. I wrote about Melissa in my post “A Murderous Rendezvous” which tells the story of our first meeting after I attended the autopsy related to my next book. Melissa will be in town for two days and I have a tight schedule planned. We will be hiking my mom’s canyon looking for her mountain lion, eating a large barbeque dinner, drinking margaritas, sleeping off the alcohol and then working a patrol shift. Small Town might never be the same.
I wrote a post for Blogher that will not be published here. It’s about being a menopausal police detective. If you read it and become concerned about the people I protect on the streets, please notify my department that I need a vacation. Here’s the link: When Did My Breasts Grow Longer?
If you read Bad Luck Officer I offer this update on Mrs. Marie Lloyd. She died peaceably in her sleep two weeks ago. I towed her car during my rookie field training because she no longer had a valid driver’s license. She was almost completely blind and terrorized my fellow officers if they dared to pull her over. The entire police department escorted the hearse through town as she was driven to her final resting place. Over two-hundred citizens attended. I cried.