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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I wrote a post for Blogher that will not be published here.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.

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  1. April 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Ivy, I’s really enjoying your blog. Do you ever sleep?

    • April 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

      No, I have a hard time sleeping, it would be horrible if I missed part of life or couldn’t write down the stories in my head 🙂

  2. April 14, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Can’t wait for the next Bad Luck book!!! Murder most foul with a toaster? Move over Agatha Christy! My mother always warned ominously about being electrocuted if we didn’t unplug the toaster before trying to unwedge a piece of toast with the butter knife. Some how I never considered it’s possibilities as a murder weapon…hmm

    • April 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Yeh, you can call me the Agatha Christy with gore.

  3. April 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Meant to add – Sorry to hear about Mrs. Lloyd. I just started following Vidocq on Twitter. Looking forward to investigating his blog. You already know I’m jealous of Melissa’s ride along. Look out Small Town! Will you then ride along with her and Betty White?

    • April 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Vidocq is an addiction. Mrs. Loyd was a feisty old lady and I want to be just as mean and ornery when I grow up 🙂

  4. April 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    “I truly love this time of year.” Suzie, you were truly meant to be in the job you are in. It is amazing that though you here tell us of everything that will change with the coming of summer, you are still looking forward to not only the heat of days but spice of things on the street to come. Sigh! 🙂 (I will keep you in my prayers, dearest Amiga, as always!)

    I am very sorry to hear about Mrs. Lloyd’s passing, I’m sure she will be missed.

    By the way, I am always thrilled to find in my e-mail an alert that you have again posted. Thank you for sharing your stories. They are always excited to read ~ be they sad, gross or funny!

    Big virtual hugs to you, and please take care at every turn you take. 🙂
    ~Virginia

  5. crytzerfry
    April 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I can’t WAIT, Suzie, though I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into :-). Oh… the last part of your update made my skin prickle with gooseflesh. The escort was so sweet…

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