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Bad Luck Officer [Kindle Edition]

Suzie Ivy
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Against all odds, at age forty-five, Suzie Ivy graduated from the police academy. Now, her life as the first female officer in Small Town, Arizona begins. From pink handcuffs to a shotgun named The Rock (Rock Hudson), life in Small Town will never be the same. Bad Luck Officer takes you for a joy ride as Suzie works her first two “cop” years on the streets. Bulls, bad guys and humor will get her through the career of her dreams and prove, dreams really do come true.

This is the true-life adventure of a woman faced with a midlife crisis and empty nest syndrome. There are no tears in baseball but there are hidden tears in law enforcement when Suzie Ivy is on the case. Her expandable baton is bigger than your bat.

Her first four months on the job consist of field training. In the words of Spike one of her grouchier training officers, “Rule one: Cops are sharks they eat their own.”
“Huh. What’s rule number two?”
“You’re a rookie and I wouldn’t want to over tax your brain tonight. There are only two kinds of female cops.”
“The kind that like to start fights and the kind that like to hide behind male officers when the fight starts. Which one are you?”
“I’m the kind that will gladly watch someone kick your ass.”
“You’ll do.”

Editorial Review:

The Bad Luck series chronicles the true life adventures, or rather misadventures, of Suzie Ivy, the middle-aged housewife whose "bad luck" in breaking a hip leads her to the police academy. In book one, Ms. Ivy uses her trade-mark humor, passion and unstinting candor to recount her grueling and darkly humorous 18 weeks of mental and physical challenges and personal changes as the Bad Luck Cadet class of'95.

In book two, Suzie returns home to "Small Town" as a Bad Luck Officer. But the challenges and learning required to become a police officer aren't over. She is the first female officer for "Small Town" PD and the surrounding area. While she and every one else -- from the police chief, co-workers, and the community struggle to adapt as she hits the street, Suzie discovers some surprising mentors in her all male police department and uncovers some unexpected foes in her community.

Another thoroughly entertaining and emotionally gripping read by Ms. Ivy.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Bad Luck Publishing; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real story, entertainingly told. April 14, 2012
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Bad luck Officer

Joining the cops should be done when you have the energy to deal with the ridiculously wearing hours. You should also join when you have enough innocence left to get it smushed around a bit, but not entirely destroyed. Joining at the age of 45, which is about when I retired from the profession is a mad, wild thing to do. Something only a complete nutter would do, surely?


This is the premise for Suzie Ivy's entry into the world of blue at age 45, and the subject of this book.

I'd already read, with howling belly laughter, her faltering steps on the slippery stage of police academy in Bad Luck Cadet. That convinced me that the woman is without doubt, as sane as a box of frogs. What she would do, when set free on the street, would be anyone's guess.

I've read a lot of blue blogs, memoirs and heard most of the stories that arise from those experiences. Far too many of them take the quite natural view that only a vast change of political landscape in society will FIX THINGS. Quite naturally, they then rant endlessly about their politics rather than discussing what people do, which is the interesting stuff.

What people do, the mad, wild, heroic and cruel things they do is the stuff of daily entertainment and heartbreak. However cynical or experienced you are in life, they surprise you every day. Well, they surprised me.

Suzie handles this like a real human being, like me and you. Not Superwoman, but a real, living, breathing, crying and laughing thing with blood in her veins.

Suzie is tough, of that have no question. Her humanity is retained, and here is the glory of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Honestly, Bad Luck Officer is one of the best things I have read in a long time- and believe me, I read A LOT. You will laugh, cry, and possibly even have the urge to strangle random household appliances! I give this read 5 stars and 2 thumbs up! Bad Luck Officer makes me want to become a cop all the more now!

Suzie Ivy shows all three sides of the police life here- the good, the bad, and the freaking hilarious! We need more, Ms. Ivy- MORE! :D

This is a great read- 9 out of 10 dead yellow dogs in suitcases agree, lmao!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzie Ivy is a hero. April 26, 2012
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Suzie Ivy is a hero. She doesn't wear a cape or have super powers. She's an everyday hero. She started out as a normal person, with a normal life - a job, kids, husband, and home, just like the rest of us. Then one day, while suffering a broken hip at age 45, she decided she wanted to try to make the world a better a place. Instead of joining a charity, or feeding the homeless, she decided to become a police officer in a small town that had never had a female police officer, and certainly had no idea what to do with a 45-year-old woman, with grown children, who wanted to help enforce the law.

So, she became a cadet, and passed.

Then, she started blogging about it

Then, she worked her ass off for another two years, and got promoted to detective. As she was corralling bulls, dealing with chronic, problem whistle-blowers, and ignoring (some) rather unpleasant and sexist workplace behavior, she also protected abused wives and molested children.

Suzie chose this path. She believed she could make a difference, and she does, everyday. Everyday she puts on her badge and does her best to protect those who need protecting - even if they choose to put themselves in danger.

She slogs through mountains of paperwork, a justice system that seems to protect the rights of the offender more often than the victim, and stupid people, who have no idea you don't ask a police officer to drive your son to school because he missed the bus.

She hunts predators and looks forward to the day she can slap her pink handcuffs on them.

And, as often as she can, she tries to laugh about it all.

Suzie Ivy is a hero. Read her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant, sad, inspiring
At the end of the prequel(Bad Luck Cadet)to this book, there was a snippet of Bad Luck Officer. I absolutely loved the first book and bought Bad Luck Officer immediately! Read more
Published 13 months ago by h.wynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck Officer by Suzie Ivy
Suzie Ivy became a police officer a year after breaking her hip. She thought she knew what to expect, but boy was she surprised in some areas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kissablysweetone
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up to "Bad Luck Cadet"
After reading Suzie Ivy's fascinating account of her grueling 18-week session at the Arizona police academy ("Bad Luck Cadet"), I felt compelled to read her sequel, "Bad Luck... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Life As It Really Is, With Pink Handcuffs
The only complaint I have about "Bad Luck Officer" is that I didn't want it to end. OK, two complaints - we have to wait until 2013 to get the next in the series! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Denise Every
5.0 out of 5 stars The things the police academy doesn't prepare you for
In the continued adventures of Suzie Ivy, she has now to face the real world police work, and while the challenges are less physical than at the police academy - no more run ten... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by NP Statham
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzie is the Real Deal
Reading Suzie Ivy's Bad Luck Cadet and then her Bad Luck Officer made me go and sign up PRONTO as a follower of her blog as well! Read more
Published on April 14, 2012 by Isabel Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzie's riveting true life adventures continue
With the police academy behind her, Suzie Ivy's days as the Bad Luck Cadet are thankfully over, but her training and bad luck continues as she hits the streets as Small Town's... Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by L. Anselmi
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious account
Bad Luck Officer is a great book. It's well written with lots of humour, Suzie Ivy comes across as a very likeable person. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Blackbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Luck Reader
It's an honour to be the first UK reader to review this book. I came to it from Bad Luck Cadet, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and this is just as good. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by T. Vicary
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More About the Author

Against all odds, I graduated the police academy at the age of forty-five. I became a detective two years later. I share my humor and true-life adventures in my books, Bad Luck Cadet and Bad Luck Officer. I work and live in Arizona with my husband of more than thirty years. I enjoy hugs and kisses from my nine grandchildren with an occasional dog slurp thrown in. My granddaughter calls me Princess Cop though most days my tiara is slightly crooked.

I'm currently working on Book III of the Bad Luck series "Bad Luck in Small Town" and hoping it will be ready fall/winter 2012. It's a true homicide mystery about a toaster and that's all I can say. I plan to release Bad Luck Detective in summer 2013.

My first two books are now available in print as one combined book. They are also published as one book in ebook format.

Be sure to visit my blog for my weekly Small Town updates.

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