Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Hidden Creed by Alex Kava

First Line: Blackwater River State Forest. Sunday, June 14. The scream sounded human.
When Ryder Creed's scent dog, Grace, discovers a shallow grave during what was meant to be a training course, it's the beginning of a nightmare. The body was found in Florida's remote and difficult-to-access Blackwater River State Forest-- and Creed's dogs rapidly uncovered more graves. 

This spot has been the dumping ground of a serial killer for years, and he never intended for it to be found. As the investigators begin their work, they're going to find out just how far this killer will go to stop them and keep his secrets hidden forever. 


I enjoy this series so much that I can't keep to my intended one-a-year pace. At this rate, I'll soon catch up and be forced to cool my heels waiting for the next book.

If you're a fan of Alex Kava's Ryder Creed series, you know to pay attention to her acknowledgments at the back of each book in which she often tells readers where she got the inspiration for that particular one. Hidden Creed is no exception. Learning about her writing process is interesting as well.

Although I did find the serial killer element of the book a bit tame, I really enjoyed Hidden Creed. In it, Kava shows readers some of what is involved in training medical alert dogs. I never cease to be amazed at how incredibly talented canines are. Kava is working some magic with two of the secondary characters.  Jason, the young Army veteran, is slowly working himself out of depression from losing an arm as well as PTSD. As he becomes more open, he comes in contact with more people. I love watching his healing process. I also love watching Creed's sister, Brodie, as she recuperates from her own ordeal. She's an incredible young woman who's very tired of everyone treating her like she's going to shatter into a million pieces. I look forward to what she will do in the next book. 

If you love fast-paced thrillers with marvelous working dogs and two-legged characters who rapidly come to feel like family members, you really need to read this series. Start at the beginning with Breaking Creed. You can thank me later.

Hidden Creed by Alex Kava
eISBN: 9781732006447
Prairie Wind Publishing © 2020
eBook, 329 pages

Police Procedural/Working Dog, #6 Ryder Creed mystery
Rating: A
Source: Purchased from Amazon.


  1. I do like learning where authors get their inspirations and ideas, Cathy, so I'm glad that's mentioned here. I have to say, I'm not that much into serial killer plots. Perhaps it's because there are so many out there. That said, though, the setting and setup for the novel sound really good. I'm glad you enjoyed this one.

    1. I certainly did. I'm trying to keep my hands off the next one!

  2. Just reserved book one from the library as I like the sound of the series.

    1. I really enjoy it, and I hope you will, too, Cath.


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