Credo's Hope

Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Introducing Detective Alexandra Wolfe, a fresh, funny, tough cop who skates on the edge of the law in her quest for justice. A Mafia boss, a hunky bi-sexual nurse, Alex’s rescued mutt, Tessa, and her exuberant best friend, Megan, help Alex turn her everyday life as a detective upside down. Alex’s unorthodox methods blur her personal and professional lives, wreaking havoc at every turn. More

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About Alison Naomi Holt

Alison Holt writes what she knows. Her stories reflect the twenty years she spent as an officer moving through the ranks of the Tucson Police Department. During her career, she worked patrol to investigations, commanded undercover units and riot control squads and trained as a hostage negotiator. Always the one to rock the boat, she took a voluntary demotion toward the end of her career in order supervise the department’s eleven man K9 unit. Her characters talk like real cops, think like real supervisors, and react like real people.
Prior to joining the police department, Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. When she retired, Alison went back to doing what she had always wanted to do—write. Her first book, The Door at the Top of the Stairs combines her insights into human nature with her knowledge of the darker side of the human psyche. To find out more, go to her website at www.alisonholtbooks.com.
Alison's life as a cop gave her a bizarre sense of humor, a realistic look at life, and an intricate knowledge of the darker side of the human psyche. She loves all horses & hounds and some humans…

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Review by: azwildcatfan94 on June 19, 2012 :
I don't remember how I found this book. But, the author is from my hometown and sets the book there. She is a cop writing a police procedural. So, I figured I'd give her a try. I loved the book!

Since the setting attracted me to the book, I have to say Ms. Holt captures the town well. About the only thing she's missing is a reference to a popular local chain for slushies for us locals.

The mystery is solid. There was one "clue" that the main character didn't get at first, that I thought had bright red neon signs pointing at it, but other than that, it read like a mainstream novel.

The characters are quirky, and fun. They add the right amount of comedic relief.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melissa at 1000 Plus on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Credo's Hope is a light read surrounding the life of a female detective named Alex Wolfe. Alex is quite a character, she's funny and gets herself into a lot of sticky situations. In this book she happens to find herself investigating a closed case that was actually closed by a Captain in the Police Department. As you can imagine that didn't sit too well with him.

The story was on the lighthearted side. Definitively not what I was expecting after having read her previous novel, The Door at the Top of the Stairs. In fact, I kind of wish I could go back and read Credo's Hope prior to reading her other book because I think I may have ended up enjoying it more without having the comparison.

After reading both books I can say that the Author really knows how to tell a story! You'd be happy with any selection from this Author.

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Melissa
Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa at 1000 Plus on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Credo's Hope is a light read surrounding the life of a female detective named Alex Wolfe. Alex is quite a character, she's funny and gets herself into a lot of sticky situations. In this book she happens to find herself investigating a closed case that was actually closed by a Captain in the Police Department. As you can imagine that didn't sit too well with him.

The story was on the lighthearted side. Definitively not what I was expecting after having read her previous novel, The Door at the Top of the Stairs. In fact, I kind of wish I could go back and read Credo's Hope prior to reading her other book because I think I may have ended up enjoying it more without having the comparison.

After reading both books I can say that the Author really knows how to tell a story! You'd be happy with any selection from this Author.

For more check out the Youtube Video: http://youtu.be/jQE48jMCr4I

Melissa
Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Molly Jaber on Sep. 03, 2011 :
Holy Cow! Alison Holy ROCKS! This novel, the first in her Alex Wolfe Mystery series is FANTASTIC! Holt's writing style is both intriguing and gripping, and leaves the reader with a great sense of satisfaction after finishing this book.

Alex Wolfe. Now THAT is a character, if ever there was one. She is one cop you won't want to miss! I loved the way she handle her situations, especially once she was kidnapped. Yep. She was kidnapped. And, well, let's just say that conducting an investigation isn't always the best thing to do. You can tend to make someone mad....VERY mad. To the point of kidnapping.

Anyway, I loved all the secondary characters as well. Mostly all women, you will fall in love with all the characters as you laugh til you cry at their way of life. Oh, and let's not forget Alex's new nurse friend.....one hunky nurse......who's bisexual. Yea. Okay. Well, you'll have to read it for you self to see just how good this bi nurse fits into the story. You'll be surprised.

So, I highly recommend this novel as 4 Books worthy. You'll laugh til you cry (just a precaution...do NOT drink anything while reading this novel!), you'll turn page after page, ready for each new character, each new twist and each new piece to the puzzle. Alex Wolfe is a character to enjoy, and one who I can't wait to read more about! Fantastic work, Ms. Holt!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Baxter Clare Trautman on July 12, 2011 :
Girl cops, plenty of bad guys, handsome hunks and sexy ladies (including a mysterious female Mafia boss), lots of food, and dogs. What more could you want out of a police procedural? A tight plot, lots of good-natured humor, fast pace, and a satisfying end? “Credo’s Hope” delivers it all. An ex-cop, Holt is a PG-13, female Wambaugh. The first of Holt’s “Credo” novels earns all five stars. Thoroughly entertaining and highly recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shelleyrae on May 22, 2011 :
Credo's Hope is the first in an entertaining series featuring police detective Alexandra Wolfe. Part police procedural, part mystery with deft touches of comedy, this is a well written novel with an interesting story and likeable characters.
Alex, and her partner Casey, are called to a case where a prostitute has been shot, a young girl injured and the suspect is in the wind. It's going to take hard work and a bit of luck to track him down, but Alex can't resist her best friends plea to take on a cold case involving a death row inmate. Investigating on her own time, Alex manages put her boss offside and to step on a few toes, including those of the Prada shod mafia boss, Giannina Angelino. Despite being assaulted, shot at, kidnapped and harassed, Alex is determined to follow every lead and see justice done.
I enjoyed the multi layered plot spear headed by Alex's official and unofficial investigation. Holt's own experience as a police officer is evident in the details, from the investigative process to the physical confrontations. There are also some interesting subplots, such as Casey's ongoing argument with another detective, Mrs Highland and Alex's accidental involvement with the local mafia. There is no sense of crowding despite all the action and the pacing is well handled. The dialogue is well written, snappy and realistic and generally the standard of writing is high. There were a few occasions where I thought the writing could be a little tighter, I think it would benefit from an experienced editor just to provide a final gloss of professionalism to the manuscript.
Holt displays real strength in developing a cast of realistic, dynamic characters all of which are appealing. Alex is smart and grounded with enough attitude to make hard choices for the right reasons. Her phone calls with her mother give us some idea of where she has come from but it is her interaction with her friends, colleagues and dog, Tessa, that tell us who she is. Alex believes in her job, evidenced by her determination to follow her cases wherever they may lead, despite any threats to herself. It's a mix of stubborn bravery and dogged resolve that makes Alex an admirable detective and loyalty and sass that makes her an appealing protagonist.
As Alex's best friend, Megan provides a lot of the laughs but also reveals Alex lighter side. She is a wonderful foil to the more serious aspects of the story, and provides a believable impetus for Alex to involve herself in the Brian McClelland case. I also enjoyed many of the supporting characters including Alex's beleaguered boss, Kate, and nurses Maddy and Carlo.
Credo's Hope is a great read and an impressive start to this self published series. I'm really glad I took a chance on it and recommend it unreservedly to fans of the genre. I'm hoping to read the second installment Credo's Legacy as soon as I have the opportunity.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amanda Toth on March 05, 2011 :
I will gladly shout from the rooftops about how much I enjoyed this book. From page one I was interested in the story and the characters, and couldn't wait to read more. Wolfe was smart and bold, and felt incredibly genuine. Perfect reactions, I'd say she was one of the best, real feeling characters I've read in, well.. maybe ever. I was struck by how accurate Wolfe's police career was portrayed, only to find out the author not only works on the police force, but also offers tips on her blog for authors that want to write accurate police characters. For readers who enjoy comparing characters and book series, I found some similarities between Wolfe and Stephanie Plum, though Stephanie relies almost entirely on luck, and Wolfe has the brains and the guts to solve the case.

I loved the plot, and the mystery was well thought out, with just enough little hints along the way so the ending was a pleasant surprise (I never expected that one!), but not a huge, out-of-left-field kind of shock. My favorite part? When Wolfe's supervisor, Kate, assigned Wolfe to on-call duty as "punishment" for going against her orders. Talk about some great revenge! But you'll just have to read it and find out why. The only issue that made me stumble when reading "Credo's Hope" was the abundance of side characters. While they weren't technically all necessary, they did add a lot to the story, and I was grateful for their presence. There was an occasion or two where a name was mentioned and I forgot who that was, but generally the context was enough for me to pick it up right away.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended! Fans of Procedural/Police fiction and Mysteries will absolutely love "Credo's Hope." I'm not a huge mystery person (just an occasional fan) but this book had me hooked from page one, literally.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE (5/5). Definitely a winning book. The story and characters felt so incredibly real and genuine. Excellent novel, definitely a series and author to watch!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: GeekyGirlReview on Feb. 14, 2011 :
WOW!! An other awesome book by Alison Holt. I read this book pretty quickly and it was an other book I couldn't put down. It is the first book in a series and the second book will be out soon.If you like detective stories then I highly recommend this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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