Book Review: Driven by Dane Cobain

Meet private detective James Leipfold, computer whizzkid Maile O’Hara and good-natured cop Jack Cholmondeley in the first book of the Leipfold series.

A car strikes in the middle of the night and a young actress lies dead in the road. The police force thinks it’s an accident, but Maile and Leipfold aren’t so sure.

Putting their differences aside and brought together by a shared love of crosswords and busting bad guys, Maile and Leipfold investigate. But not all is as it seems, as they soon find out to their peril…


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the first book in the Leipfold Mystery series. It’s a good mystery with several suspects. I couldn’t decide who the murderer was, so I had to wait until Leipfold’s big reveal. I like how he gathered everyone related to the case no matter how small a role they played to reveal how things went down.

The characters in Driven are interesting, and I enjoyed them as much as I did the mystery. Leipfold is kind of different, and his new assistant, Maille, is very different, but I like them both. I especially enjoyed the development of their relationship.

I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the series, The Tower Hill Terror!

About the Author

DANE COBAIN (High Wycombe, U.K.) is a published author, freelance writer, poet and musician with a passion for language and learning. When he’s not working on his next release, he can be found
reading and reviewing books for his award-winning book blog,, while trying not to be distracted by Wikipedia. His releases include Driven and The Tower Hill Terror, books one and two of the Leipfold series. For the latest news, follow Dane on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


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