Rated 4.47 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

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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…

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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…

15 reviews for Driven

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ktkinnes

    While reading Driven, I kept thinking about the PI story by J K Rowling, and how brilliant Driven would be as a screenplay or on TV. So much so that I was telling anyone and everyone about it! The writing was so easy to follow, and there wasn’t too much given away throughout so you can’t guess the ending before you get there – well, I couldn’t. One thing that I found somewhat difficult at first was keeping up with who was who, but by the time I reached about 10% of the way in, I had it all figured out and was able to really enjoy the book – more so than I already was, which I didn’t think was possible!

    I would highly recommend Driven to absolutely anyone who loves a good crime novel, or is looking for something light enough without it being that light you could forget about it. It’s suitable for pretty much any reading demographic, and I do think we have to congratulate Dane Cobain on such a fantastic piece of work! I, for one, will be looking into topping up my To Be Read pile with some more of Dane’s work.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Haley Ryan

    The first chapter pulls you straight in with the death of Donna Thompson and from there you get introduced, one by one, to the three main characters. Driven is very well written and in a way you are following a few different story lines which all happen to interlink at times so you are encouraged to keep reading and if you are anything like me you will be desperate to find out what happens next in the crazy world of Driven.

    The author keeps you guessing with regards to the number of suspects but a very slight little niggle would be that when the truth was revealed in the final few chapters I could not help but be slightly disappointed with how obvious the conclusion was, I had figured out the ending before it came and I guess I was hoping I would be wrong. That said, it is still a great read and my premature prediction of how the book would end really didn’t take anything away from the reader experience on the whole.

    If you are a fan of detective novels, then this is a must read. From the minute I picked up the book to start reading it I was hooked. Not only is it incredibly well written, the characters are extremely likeable and easy to identify with every page leaving you wanting more, making it impossible to put down. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that when I did put it down I would walk back in the room to find my husband reading it too so I would then have to wait until he had finished before I could read more.

    It is extremely obviously that the author takes inspiration from the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie so if you enjoy those authors then I would highly recommend giving Driven a try. So far, it has to be one of my favourites of 2018 and I will be eagerly awaiting the release of Book #2 and I strongly believe that in a couple of years time we will see this series being transformed into a screen adaptation which I would definitely watch.

    Read my full review: https://www.haleyryan.co.uk

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    LS

    A great book with fantastic characters.

    Very well written – there are many suspects and links to keep you as the reader guessing all throughout as any good crime/mystery book should have! I genuinely had no idea who to suspect and it was a great ending to an exciting book filled with twists and turns.

    I really enjoyed reading Driven from start to finish and would definitely recommend having a read of this if you’re in to crime/mystery/suspense books.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I really enjoyed this story as it had me guessing all the way to the end, I like that in a detective story. Leipfold and his assistant make an excellent team and I will be looking forward to the next book. Two murders and an awful lot of suspects will have you trying to figure it out.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    @Lucy_Angele

    Your usual detective story this is not. Although there is a police presence, this book centres about Leipfold, a private investigator. Whilst the police have to abide by police protocol, Leipfold and his apprentice computer whizz kid Maile do not. Leipfold was quite a mysterious character with an apparently colourful past which I would have liked to know more about, but as this is the first book in the Leipfold series, this is maybe something that will be touched upon later. Maile was my favourite character and I could relate to her a lot.

    Currently writing my own thriller novel myself, this is one my favourite genres to read. What I really liked about Driven was that I could visualise the characters and that they were plausible. If I can’t visualise or get a feel for a character, I literally can’t finish a book. I also liked the fact that Driven got straight into the action with the murder and how the momentum kept up. I lose interest quickly in novels where you are strung along for the whole book trying to find out a key piece of information. Driven constantly drip feeds you with new information so although I thought I’d sussed out the murderer early on, I was wrong! Well worth a read.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Groves

    Throughly enjoyed Driven.
    It took me a while to get into the characters and the plot however as the story progressed I wanted to find out who the murderer was and kept on going. Now I am just keen to read the next instalment. Bring it on.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ali Duke

    Great story and interesting characters, kept me guessing til the end. Really enjoyed reading it and hope there will be more to follow.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gemma Wilford

    Cobain sets the scene with a fast-paced first chapter.

    It follows the lead up to the death of the young actress as she finish’s her shift at work and walks home.

    The narrative and descriptions in this first chapter alone had me drawn in – I found my own heart beating with the tension that was created.

    What proceeds is the investigation by both the Police and Private Detective Leipfold and his assistant, Maile.

    I found that Cobain has a knack of writing interesting characters. He peppers the story with little quirks of their personalities; from completing crossword puzzles, to online gaming and theatre trips.

    There is a technical theme intermittent with the storyline and it gives us an insight into current set-ups as well as what is to come.

    The book introduces character’s along the way that are all under suspicion by the Police and Private Detectives, which keeps you guessing.

    A satisfying conclusion and with the potential for more to come from Leipfold and Maile, it’ll be interesting to see where Book Two takes us.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jansen Semingsen

    This was a unique premise fit into a classic PI/ Police Procedural mystery. The characters were very likeable and well fleshed out. Imagine a self driving car as a murder weapon. I loved it!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Clive Whitelock

    Punkette computer-brain drops in on grizzled ex-army misery and they embark on their first case together. A fine page-turner ensues full of murder, mayhem and other things beginning with M. There’s a fine conventional detective involved too whose name is pronounced Chumley. I look forward to the follow-ups.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mindy’s Book Journey

    A modern mystery

    This was a unique premise fit into a classic PI/ Police Procedural mystery. The characters were very likeable and well fleshed out. Imagine a self driving car as a murder weapon. I loved it!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This book drew me in until the end. Once picked up it was hard to put down. Many twists in the story. Brilliant characters and written well. I am pleased to note that this is the first in a series. Cannot wait for the second one. Definitely one to read. I recommend it highly

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Todd the Librarian

    I gave this 4.5 stars! I like a murder mystery that I can’t figure out! I also liked the contrast between the two main characters, James Leipfold and Maile O’Hara!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Katie (KitKatsCanRead)

    Driven is the first book I’ve read by Dane Cobain, and as a good friend of mine I have no choice but to be critical.
    In total I honestly found 1 editing mistake, which is pretty good as I have read some indie books with many more! And even J K Rowling had editing mistakes. (It has been noted to correct in future copies).
    Now to get onto the story…
    Driven is a detective novel involving private investigator James Leipfold, and a nerdy computer geek Maile. We also have the police force lead by detective Jack Cholmondelay, and together these three help to crack the case.
    I liked the character Leipfold. He had a lot of character and his passion for the case you could definitely tell.
    Maile was a character I could relate to.
    Cholmondelay came across as a serious grumpy detective, and actually reminded me of Jack Frost.
    I enjoyed seeing Leipfold and Maile work together the most.
    There was one point of this book where I felt it was dragging a little, but then it didn’t take long to get back into the story.
    I liked how we had all the suspects and we went backwards and forwards through them to get the stories, and I didn’t get too confused between all the characters.
    I wish the case would have closed fully at the end as it feels like some ties still haven’t been sorted because of unfound evidence. I actually personally would have wanted Maile and Leipfold to help find it. Maybe we will be told in the next book. Who knows?
    Overall I enjoyed the book and look forwards to seeing what next crime they solve!

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Missy (Melissa Chung)

    I want to thank my friend Dane Cobain for sending his book my way. I love reading and sharing fellow BookTubers books with my friends and subscribers. This one I would be in the category of cozy mystery. That might not be how Dane defines it. It was a lovely read. 4 stars for keeping me engaged. What I found the most fun about the story is, it reminded me of the 80’s movie murder mystery CLUE.

    This story Driven has a nice handful of characters that may or may not be the murderer. The story starts off with a hit and run and murder of Donna Thompson. There are two men working the case. Jack Cholmondeley a cop and James Leipfold a private investigator. They work together on the “down-low” and sometimes help each other solve cases. Leipfold’s in dire need of money his “shop” is on the cusp of closure and he thinks if he solves this case he will get a load of clients.

    I really enjoyed this story not only because it reminded me of the movie CLUE, but it was just a fun read. Maile the side-kick to Leipfold is a cute and feisty. I like that she’s small and can take care of herself. I especially like that she plays World of Warcraft because I too am a huge girl gamer. Just gave me more reasons to like her.

    I heard that “Driven” was going to have a sequel (it says book#1 on the cover) and I can not wait to see what happens to Leipfold’s business, if he gets to work more with the grouchy Cholmondeley and what kind of mystery they’ll solve next.

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