Bad Luck Books

Bad Luck Cadet & Bad Luck Officer have been combined into one book: Bad Luck Cadet & Officer Bad Luck1

Press Release: This isn’t your average memoir; it’s a mixture of humor, true crime, and adventure as Suzie Ivy takes you through her mid-life career of being the first female police officer in a rural Arizona community. She’s known for pink handcuffs, a Glock named Clint, and a bad ass attitude while holding tightly to her trademark smile. Her granddaughter dubbed her The Princess Cop and she imagines her jewel encrusted tiara perched on her head at a slightly crooked angle. The reviews for Bad Luck Cadet and Bad Luck Officer have a common thread, “Emotional, heartfelt, tenacious, and motivating…I laughed until I cried.” Available in paperback and ebook.

*Actual Academy Video has been added if you scroll down the page. The first is us waiting in the lobby before hell starts (I’m the blonde). The Sgt. seen is not our class sergeant but would become one of my favorite advisers. The next video is our first introduction to Sgt. Dickens. I’m the second person in the fifth row, I’m short and in the shadows. Also enjoy fun at the shooting range. I’m the first shooter (though you really can’t see me) and Philip Rodriguez is the third.

Bad Luck Cadet The Kindle Book Review says “Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy, takes us on Suzie’s journey through the police academy. At age 44 Suzie is recovering from a broken hip, overweight and coming to grips with her now empty nest. She sees an advertisement in a window for the police academy and decides it just might be the change she is looking for.

The story describes just what torture cadets endure to come out the other side as police officers. You’ll laugh at some of it, cringe at some and (I swear) feel the pain along with her in other parts. What will be the most compelling is her steely determination to see it through and graduate.

She is supported by her husband and two daughters, but, ridiculed by her son. Suzie’s classmates will rise to the challenge and admire her willingness to succeed.

It’s a great story that demonstrates that it is never too late to change course and that if you have the determination you can be whoever you want to be. A great read!”



More True-life Adventure

Bad Luck Officer – A Review by J Leslie (Amazon Top 500 reviewer) I read an awful lot of books. I investigate an awful lot of books before I read them. When I come across one where there are only five star ratings showing my suspicion meter starts going haywire. No way everybody can like one book that much, right? Got to be some hanky panky going on, right? Well, in this case I can answer with two resounding “no’s”. This novel IS that good and there is absolutely nothing fishy going on.

I read Bad Luck Cadet and was, quite surprisingly from my point of view, blown away. I loved it but anybody can hit the target once in a while. Ha! From now on I am going to have to check my pessimism at the door where the writing of this police officer is concerned. Not only can she tell a story but she can make you truly anticipate when the next installment will come out.

Suzie Ivy is one of those rare individuals, a natural story teller. She takes real life events and includes just the right amount of detail to allow the reader to completely understand what the situation is. She has a natural turn of phrase so that people not involved with law enforcement can understand the hilarity or futility or ridiculous nature of her first several years as a police officer. The training aspects aren’t glossed over but they also aren’t repeated so often that they become boringly redundant. The mistakes she makes, whether funny or potentially dangerous, are presented in all their truthful glory. The very human side of police work is depicted here. Sometimes it’s funny, more often it will be tragic. I can only imagine that Officer Ivy must be an incredibly wonderful person to have on your side and the victims of the crimes she investigates are lucky to have her working her brains out for them.

Read this book if you have ever been curious about what actually goes on inside a police department. Inside the parts and places we as civilians never get to see. Reading Suzie’s story is very much like doing a ride-along in the front seat of her patrol car, you never know what’s going to happen at the beginning of shift, but you know at the end that you’ve been on one heck of an adventure. For those of you who want specific information, there is some profanity in the book but probably not nearly as much as actually happens. It wouldn’t be realistic if she had tried to leave it all out. And I’m sure some of the stories have been added to or edited somewhat in order to make the novel both readable and able to pass the legal litmus test. I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series. Too bad Suzie would have to quit the job I love to read about in order to be able to write faster. No, I don’t want that so I’ll simply learn to be more patient.


  1. October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I don’t own an e-reader and I never will – I have a thing about books themselves being comfort objects – but I just got through your Bad Luck Cadet series on here and I loved it! I laughed, I cried, I pulled for you and your fellow cadets, I sound like a cheesy movie reviewer. . . But I mean it. ;)

    Nice work! Interesting and engaging and I still have more of your writing to explore, so that’s a bonus. Keep writing, Suzie Ivy!

  2. October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I plan to self publish on Createspace in paperback as well but I’m sure the cost of the end product will be high. I understand your love of having a book in your hands. I love the smell, the texture and being able to have it autographed.

    I’m glad you enjoyed BLC. Thank you for reading!

    • October 14, 2011 at 3:42 am

      You completely get it, “the smell, the texture.” Autographed by you would be a huge bonus! I would absolutely buy what you wrote, that’s another thing – then I have it to read and read again, and for me it’s less overstimulating than a computer or e-reader. :)

  3. February 24, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I take it the cover is in black and white and is not a illusion from my desktop…I like it by the way!

    • February 24, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Thank you and yes it is black and white. Not having color is killing me.

  4. February 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Suzie, your BLC is next on my reading list. As soon as I finish the Jobs book (a 7 month read so far bleah) Congrats on BLO!

    • February 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

      You’re the best! :-) Hope (fingers crossed) you enjoy.

  5. March 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Ok, so that you know, I am reading your first, and will then go to the second, etc. This is good stuff!

    Once upon a time I wanted to be a cop soooo badly! I lived in a very small town in Eastern NM and my then-husband gave me an ultimatum – the Academy or him. Guess I made the wrong choice. LOL…So I am now living vicariously through your writing!

    • March 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Oh, but you are still young and your husband will grow up eventually maybe. Never give up on your dreams. If I can do it so can you!!! Reading the book may change your mind though :-)

      • March 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        NO! It further reinforces that I can totally do this, as well! I have a new husband (which is what I will probably write about – He was a go-getter electrician and landscaping genius – and he became totally disabled about three years ago.). I am thinking about writing a “for dummies” book on how to be the spouse of a disabled workaholic. :) Wanna help?

      • March 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        The circumstances are very sad but the book sounds hysterical. I’m in on any book for dummies. I might even be the expert :-)

  6. Reba McCauley
    March 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

    i loved your book it was a awesome read i cant wait to get the next book it will prob. be a better read then this last one. being at a military college i agree with on being dropped for no reason done over 500 push up and hill runs in one day

    • March 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thank you very much Reba. The academy was so like what I’ve heard about the military and it’s wonderful to know someone enjoyed the book who has been through similar circumstances. I hope you like the next book too and would love to know what you think of it.

  7. grimbarian
    April 4, 2012 at 1:09 am

    My wife discovered Bad Luck Cadet yesterday and said it sounded really interesting so I bought it for her from Smashwords for 99cents which was always going to be a bargain even if it was average (it so wasn’t!). To cut a longer story short we both started it and finished it by midnight last night, it was so well written, moving, hilarious neither of us wanted to stop reading, just snuggled up in bed with our snoring Pug reading your book on our Android phones. And today of course I’ll be buying us Bad Luck Officer, if it’s half as good as Bad Luck Cadet it will be twice as good as many books out there with fancy publishing companies behind them.

    Thank you for putting your experiences into writing, hugely enjoyable, best wishes to you and your family, and remember in the immortal words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: Hey, let’s be careful out there.

    • April 4, 2012 at 8:01 am

      WOW!! Thank you both!! I can’t even describe how wonderful you’ve made me feel and the fact you took the time to contact me is awesome. I hope you enjoy the second book as much as the first. I’ve been putting off writing book 3 (giving myself a small break) but you’ve inspired me and the first chapter needs to come out :-)

  8. April 19, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Now we (my husband Paul/ Grimbarian and I) have both read Bad Luck Officer as well and it’s as wonderful as the first one!

    Thank you for the great insight into the life of a police officer. I love the way you mix the really though and difficult situations with the light ones and always manage to keep a positive outlook to life.

    I have to ask – are you still friends with Mrs. Brown? It was so wrong and so right at the same time that the both of you should end up friends :)

    Big congratz on the great book, and also on the way you managed to deal with being a woman on the job. Coming from a profession that’s male dominated myself I know how tough it can be to be yourself and still be one of the guys – although in my line of work nobody expects to shoot for real!

    Love the story about the pink handcuffs and the little boy, very moving.

    Take care, and stay safe out there :)

    • April 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Yes, Ms. Brown and I will always be friends but she still insults me and continues to have a nasty disposition. It’s probably why I love her so much. I let her borrow my Kindle to read the book, which was a fight over paper verses electronic crap, and she felt I got several details about her wrong. I told her she had a choice of the Joker or Frankenstein.

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you liked the books. It means a lot!

  9. July 14, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Ok, I’m beating myself up now because I missed your live chat yesterday and I can’t believe nobody asked one thing I’m really curious to know – why ‘Bad Luck’??

    Looking forward to the grandma assassin! :)

    • July 14, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Funny that you should ask :-) Before I became a cop, Small Town was low crime and had one homicide in 20 years. The day after I became a detective and during the course of my first year as a detective we had three murders. One was a serial killer that killed a teenage boy in town. His two other homicides, during the previous two years, were in the county and had been unsolved. I gained the confession and broke the case wide open. It felt really good to be me that day. We also had a double homicide which made national news.

      A few months later, I went to a training with my chief and sat with 3 detectives from another county. They were interested in my cases due to the media attention. While talking, they told me they had not had a homicide in their town in years. My chief leaned over and said, “Don’t sit by her, she’s bad luck.” The next day the detectives did not show up for class due to a homicide.

      In cop talk we call people like me shit magnets. I prefer Bad Luck.

  10. August 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I just ordered the books for my Kindle. :) So excited.

    • August 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Oh yeah!!! Let me know what you think. Thank you Dani.

  11. November 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Your books are definitely on my reading list!

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