Bad Luck Cadet

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A broken hip and a mid-life crisis landed Suzie Ivy in the police academy. The Bad Luck Cadet is Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, from Full Metal Jacket, training both Thelma and Louise wrapped up in one five foot three inch package. The test of wills begins, but who will survive? More
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Price: Free!

Published: Oct. 09, 2011
Words: 32,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465758842
About Suzie Ivy

I'm a police detective in a small Arizona town. I write about becoming a police officer in my 40's. Join my true-life adventures as I laugh and sometimes cry over my own antics. I'm also a grandmother who has been dubbed Princess Cop. Some days my tiara is crooked. I post Stories from Small Town on my blog. They are the stories which happen in between the Bad Luck books. I also write paranormal romance under D'Elen McClain. You can visit my world of Fangs at

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Review by: Paul Statham on April 24, 2012 : star star star star star
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 the same, it was so well written, moving, hilarious neither of us wanted to stop reading, just snuggled up in bed with our snoring Pug reading the book on our Android phones. And the next day of course we bought 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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gary Beers on Oct. 19, 2011 : star star star star star
I downloaded this book because it looked ok - I was mistaken! Its a great read, in fact once I had started I kept reading until it was finished and then came back here looking for more books by Suzie. Thanks so much for letting us read this for free!
(review of free book)

Review by: Ruby Tuesday on Oct. 17, 2011 : star star star star star
I stumbled upon Suzie's blog, and by extension this book, completely serendipitously. I was absolutely hooked from the start, which is saying a lot because I can be kind of. . . Okay I'll be honest, I'm picky. Not a whole lot that I find online (or even on store shelves) impresses me, and even less of it sucks me in like "Bad Luck Cadet" did.

Suzie has a rare gift: she draws you in, she makes you laugh and cry (sometimes both at the same time), she makes you not just root for her to succeed, but actually feel like you are going through it all along with her.

I loved "Bad Luck Cadet" and cannot wait for the next entry in the series. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone, whether your tastes run toward non-fiction (there is so much about becoming a police officer that I learned), humor (this book is full of it), or inspirational stories. Suzie's book inspired me in ways she will never know.

Read it!
(review of free book)

Review by: John Wood on Oct. 17, 2011 : star star star star
Police work requires a specific mind set. To take on the challenge of changing from civilian to LEO at mid-life was a challenge that the author accomplished with, seemingly, little effort. This allows Suzie to tell us of her daily actions in a way we can all understand. Her book is frank and is interesting. The idea of releasing it as a freebie is great but I can say that on the strength of this, I'll certainly buy the next one. Which I await with small patience.
(review of free book)

Review by: Susan Borath on Oct. 17, 2011 : star star star star star
Loved this book. While Suzie's journey through the police academy was heartbreaking at times, she balanced it with a great sense of humor. I first read it one her blog sitting on my sofa and devouring it all in one sitting. :-)
(review of free book)

Review by: imfrantic on Oct. 15, 2011 : star star star star star
What a great story! I can't wait to read more. It kept me interested and turning the pages, and I was sorry when it was over.
(review of free book)

Review by: seejmack on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
I followed this story on the Bad Luck Detective Blog and am thrilled to see it all in one edition for my Kindle.

I am amazed as I read it again that a woman in her mid-forties had the guts to take her future in her hands and assign herself such an incredibly difficult series of tasks to qualify for the academy, then had the determination and stamina to reach her goal of becoming a police officer.

People suffering from a mid-life crisis are too apt to throw their present life away in hopes of finding a better one. Suzie kept her family and marriage intact and changed the hardest thing in life to change; herself.

I highly recommend this book. It is hilarious, heartwarming, sad and uplifting. I hope some young, middle-aged or old person out there reads it and is inspired to dig up the courage to go after and work to achieve their dreams.

Great job Suzie! A wife, mother and now a police officer and author, what next?
(review of free book)

Review by: Sveta Sears on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
keeps me going when I want to quit. Best inspirational, positive, entertaining, and true life story, that I have read on "Women in Law Enforcement" topic. Looking forward to read more of your stories, Suzie Ivy, kudos ;-)
(review of free book)

Review by: RJ Parker on Oct. 11, 2011 : star star star star star
First of all, thank you for providing this wonderful story to your readers for free. I very much enjoyed it, it was quite funny at times and gives a good insight of what the police academy is like. You are a true inspiration not only for other women, but for men as well. I will continue to read your future books. It was sad to hear about Officer Rodrigeuz, I did refer to the website you provided.. Truly unfortunate. Be safe out there and keep us posted with your adventures... RM
(review of free book)

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