Alex Kava is an American author best known for her Maggie O’Dell mystery series, which I have read and really enjoyed. Her first novel, A Perfect Evil was also my first encounter with her writing. I got hooked, seeking out the rest of the books as soon as they were published.
Here I have put together the list of all Alex Kava books in order of reading (chronological, as well as in order of publication) for her Maggie O’Dell series, her standalone novels and her new upcoming series (which I hope will really take off once it’s published).
New Alex Kava Book
Maggie O’Dell Series
- Before Evil (Maggie O’Dell #0.5), 2015
- A Perfect Evil (Maggie O’Dell #1), 2000
- Split Second (Maggie O’Dell #2), 2001
- The Soul Catcher (Maggie O’Dell #3), 2002
- Good Night, Sweet Mother (Maggie O’Dell #3.1), 2003
- At the Stroke of Madness (Maggie O’Dell #4), 2003
- A Necessary Evil (Maggie O’Dell #5), 2006
- Exposed (Maggie O’Dell #6), 2008
- Black Friday (Maggie O’Dell #7), 2009
- A Breath of Hot Air (Maggie O’Dell #7.5), 2010
- Damaged (Maggie O’Dell #8), 2010
- Hotwire (Maggie O’Dell #9), 2011
- Slices of Night (Maggie O’Dell #9.5), 2011
- Fireproof (Maggie O’Dell #10), 2012
- Stranded (Maggie O’Dell #11), 2013
Ryder Creed Series
- Breaking Creed (Ryder Creed #1), 2015
- Silent Creed (Ryder Creed #2), 2015
- Reckless Creed (Ryder Creed #3), 2016
- Lost Creed (Ryder Creed #4), 2018
Alex Kava Standalone Novels
Alex Kava (website) was born in 1960 in Silver Creek, Nebraska. She wanted to write books from a young age, however, her parents, while valuing education, classified reading books that were not part of study frivolous.
Reading for fun was not encouraged in the family. So Alex (born Sharon M. Kava) wrote her stories on the backs of calendars and only shared them with her brother.
So her parents would not see her writings, she hid everything she wrote during her young years in a shoe box under her bed.
She went on a scholarship to the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, from where in 1982 she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in art and English.
After leaving college she got several jobs, some of them in the fields of marketing and advertising. Eventually, she started her own graphic design company called Square One where she created logos, food packages, brochures and newsletters for major corporations.
In 1992 she started to work as director of public relations of her attending college, where she remained until 1996, which is when she switched to writing books.
The author published her first novel in 2000, titled A Perfect Evil, which would become the first in the Maggie O’Dell series.
Initially, the author chose the pseudonym Alex to disguise her gender, however, while she keeps writing under the name Alex Kava, she now no longer hides who she is.
The author Alex Kava is a member of the International Thriller Writers as well as the Nebraska Writers Guild and her books have been so far sold all over the world in over 4 million copies.
Her popular crime mystery series focuses on Maggie O’Dell, an FBI profiler in Nebraska, who is called in to profile sadistic serial killers and hardened criminals all over the country, and does much more than simply profiling.
In the first book, A Perfect Evil, first introduces us to Maggie. When a small town gets a serial killer who is targeting kids, the local sheriff, Nick Morelli, knows he’s way out of his league, so he calls in the big guns.
Maggie is an FBI expert profiler who is sent to check out the situation. While the two are trying to solve the case, they also get strongly attracted to each other. Except, Maggie is married.
I love this series. I’ve read pretty much all the book except for the last one, Stranded. I love books with twisted, sadistic and ruthless serial killers and reading about those who catch them. If you enjoy reading gory and chilling novels, this series by Alex Kava totally fits the bill. It’s definitely not a cozy, and you’d better have a fondness for uber- suspenseful books, in which case the Maggie O’Dell series will become a dear favorite.
My only gripe with this series? I wish the romance between Maggie and Nick Morelli (what a great name!) were going in the direction I wanted it to. But one can only hope…(and no, this is not a romantic suspense series, the romance aspect is almost non-existent).
The author’s newer series, Ryder Creed, features Ryder, an ex-marine who is now working as a K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer who, every now and then, teams up with Maggie O’Dell to solve cases.
Ryder was first introduced to us in Stranded, the last Maggie O’Dell book. He suffers from PTDS from his tour in Afghanistan and is now trying to put his life back together. Hannah, his good friend, and Grace, the abandoned dog that Ryder Creed finds and starts working with, are there to help him go through the tough times.
In Breaking Creed, the first book in the series, Ryder gets involved in a case of human trafficking which put a target on his back. The Cartel has a list with his name on it and he might be just their next kill. Currently, the latest Ryder Creed book is Lost Creed, published in 2018.
To read the Alex Kava books in order you should check out each of the author’s series. Of course the author’s standalone novels can be read anyhow you want.