The Leipfold Series (Crime/Detective/Mystery)


1. Driven:

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…


2. The Tower Hill Terror:

Unorthodox PI James Leipfold and his technophile assistant Maile O’Hara are back with a brand new case…

The Tower Hill Terror is on the loose, a serial killer with a grisly M.O., and Maile and Leipfold must work fast to take him down before another body is found. But while the duo are chasing clues on social networking sites and the police are waiting for forensics, the Terror sends a message to the journalists at the Tribune. A message written in blood.

Can Leipfold, Maile and Cholmondeley catch the killer before it’s too late? Or will the Tower Hill Terror claim one final, familiar victim?


3. The Leipfold Files:

Join a young James Leipfold as he discovers his knack for uncovering the truth and takes the early steps towards forming his detective agency, Leipfold Investigations.

His journey will take him from the deserts of Kuwait to the inside of Reading Jail and have him investigating everything from missing gnomes to drunk Santas and crooked optometrists. Along the way, he befriends a rookie cop called Jack Cholmondeley, helps a widowed army wife find closure and falls in love with a motorbike he calls Camilla.

This collection brings together 24 unpublished James Leipfold short stories, including three shorts that take place between Driven and The Tower Hill Terror. It’s a must for all fans of the Leipfold series and any serious reader of quirky cozy mysteries.





Veterinarian Tom Copeland takes a job at a factory farm called Sunnyvale after a scandal at his suburban practice. His job is to keep the animals alive for long enough to get them to slaughter.

But there are rumours of a strange creature living beneath the complex, accidents waiting to happen on brutal production lines and the threat of zoonotic disease from the pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and fish that the complex houses.

Suddenly, disaster rocks Sunnyvale and cleaners, butchers, security guards and clerical staff alike must come together under the ruthless leadership of CEO John MacDonald. Together, they’ll learn what happens when there’s a sudden change to the food chain.

Bon appétit.


Come On Up to the House:

Doesn’t life seem nasty, brutish and short? This horror novella and accompanying screenplay tells the story of Darran Jersey, a troubled teenager who moves into a house that’s inhabited by the malevolent spirit of his predecessor. As time goes by and the family begins to settle, Darran begins to take on more and more of the qualities of James, the dead teenager who committed a bloody suicide. As tragedy after tragedy threatens to destroy the family, Darran’s mother Alice decides to leave the house behind and start afresh, but is it too late? Find out when you Come On Up to the House…


No Rest for the Wicked:

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack. With the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. Will the final showdown force him to make the ultimate sacrifice?


General Fiction The Rise and Fall of a Social Network:

When Dan Roberts starts his new job at, he has no idea what he’s getting into. The site deals in death – its users share their innermost thoughts, which are stored privately until they die. Then, their posts are shared with the world, often with unexpected consequences. But something strange is going on, and the site’s two erratic founders share a dark secret. A secret that people are willing to kill for.


Short Story Collections


Scarlet Sins:

I hope when I die that it may be said: His sins were scarlet but his books were read.” – Hillaire Belloc

Scarlet Sins is a collection of short stories and songs spanning two decades and taking the reader from the English countryside during the outbreak of World War I to the flower markets of Amsterdam and the depths of the infinite cosmos.

Discover what likes the darkness, why the clouds were mad when the sun came out and why the ghost of little Suki haunts the George and Dragon. Meet magician Durian Pink and his corpse plant, celebrate a black solstice with the Reid twins and see Kate lose her mind from fatal familial insomnia.

Scarlet Sins: Stories and Songs is Cobain’s first collection of songs and stories and his tenth published work.


Subject Verb Object: An Anthology of New Writing

Eighteen writers from both sides of the Atlantic come together in this genre-bending collection of new writing.

Meet Luís da Silva and get (thickly) settled. Get drunk in Cornwall or lose yourself in the Warren. Find out why Pete’s remote control keeps disappearing, how Gary’s cat found heaven and what lurks behind Jay’s mirror.




Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home:

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

“Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine

“…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine.



ex-pat down with all hands
seen one Wednesday
in a sinking southern city.

It hit the April showers
serving death
en route to Yorkshire,
killing peace and war and
Mary timed it well,
she was the biggest,
longest woman
to float the virgin shore.

OCEANUS TELLS A STORY that’s been told a thousand times before, one that’s known all around the world – the tale of a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with massive loss of life. Oceanus tells the story of the RMS Titanic.

Praise for Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home:

“Recommended for those who enjoy poetry, or just want some honest language that arrives in an artful way.” – J. D. DeHart

“Dane Cobain gives us raw, disturbing, yet truthful poetry. It may be a bit disturbing, but sometimes the truth can be disturbing.” – Chrissy

“I highly recommend this book for fans of spoken word poetry.” – Jeremy Fee




The Lexicologist’s Handbook:


Pronunciation: Lec-sic-ol-oh-jist Type: Noun

Definition: A student of language, particularly the components of language such as the nature or meaning of words. Also, a compiler or writer of a dictionary.

Example: The lexicologist was overjoyed to discover that lugubrious† is a word.

Whether you’re an author, a poet, a songwriter or a student, The Lexicologist’s Handbook will introduce you to words that you’ve never heard before and change the way that you look at language.

Like a traditional dictionary but with the boring words left out, The Lexicologist’s Handbook will help you to broaden your vocabulary and impress your friends while entertaining you along the way. It’s the perfect book for all lexophiles.


Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World:

Social networking sites can be scary places. When the whole world is connected, anything can happen and it can happen at lightning speed. Social paranoia is the feeling you get when you hesitate before posting an update. It’s the feeling you get on a Saturday morning after drunkenly texting your ex the night before. The feeling you get when your friends won’t stop posting about their perfect lives, making your own life look boring in comparison.

Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World is the true story of how sometimes the updates that you post come back to haunt you. Filled with real case studies and practical advice, it’s a guidebook for everyone who has an online presence from consumers to massive corporations. Sometimes, people really are out to get you. Be afraid. Be very afraid.