Meet private detective James Leipfold, computer whizz-kid 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…

Based on 20 Reviews
Marilyn Findlay
May 4, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story

Loved the characters and the plot. Highly recommended.

Bonnye Reed Fry
January 18, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling tale

I received a complimentary electronic copy of this excellent London Police Procedural courtesy of the author, Dane Cobain. I have read Driven of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to add Dean Cobain to my favorite authors and recommend him to friends and family. He writes a compelling mystery with a fast pace and fully characterized protagonists. Driven is the first of the Leipfold Series, and you can tell it’s going to be a good one. Young geek Maile O’Hara adds her computer skills and sparkle to the experience and good-natured personality of Murder Detective Jack Cholmondeley. It will take both of them working hard to solve the mystery of the murdered actress, run over by a self-driving car in the wee hours of the morning. though captured on CC film, there was no driver in the vehicle and there were several people, including her mother and her agent, who all had motives. I am looking forward to number 2.

Cat B.
December 7, 2022

4.0 out of 5 stars Great little first of a series

Very tidy little murder mystery with very engaging characters. What a fun read this was in the first of a series that I’m sure will do quite well. Nice little twists here and there that you might or might not see coming. (I’m betting not). I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in the series. I received this book as a gift and this is my honest opinion of the tale

October 28, 2022

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read

Fast paced and entertaining story, good characters. I found a couple of editorial errors, but recommend the book.

Dawn H
September 1, 2022

4.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters

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!

July 10, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars Is everybody guilty???

Twisted. So many selfish self interested people all in one book!!! I enjoyed the journey and was clueless until the reveal. Suspenseful and kept my interest. Interesting characters, most who I’d never want to meet irl. I voluntarily read a free copy of this and am giving an honest review.

Richard D. Ellis
June 7, 2022

4.0 out of 5 stars Private Detective/police noir

James Leipgold is a PI who reminded me of Poirot. His assistant, Maile keeps him on the straight and narrow while using her computer skills to work legally and otherwise. Very well-written and action packed

Jeremy Fee
March 4, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and innovative!

I’ve become a fan of Dane Cobain from watching his YouTube channel Dane Reads. From those videos, I’ve heard him perform some of his own work, as well as give reading performances from the work of other authors. This private detective murder mystery novel had everything that I would want from this type of story. I thought it was a brilliant example of the genre. As I read through the book, I found myself smiling at several places, pausing, and talking to other people about my excitement regarding the story and characters. The inclusion of newer technology was innovative, including the murder of a woman by a car with what appeared to be no one at the wheel. I highly recommend this book for fans of murder mystery novels. I’ve already picked up the second book in the series and am happy to see the adventures of the characters continue.

June 1, 2019

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Cozy Detective Mystery

If you like cozy mysteries but are tired of little old ladies and 30 something divorced bakers solving crimes then this cozy detective story might be just the thing you have been waiting for. James Leipfold is a throw back to the old school noir hard boiled detectives but without the sexist mindset of that era. His assistant is a modern young woman with punk style and who knows her way around a computer, much like Lisbet Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) but without the dysfunction. There is also Detective Inspector Jack Cholmondeley who is not exactly bumbling but he is somewhat reluctant to rely on Leipfold’s gut instincts. They play off each other quite well throughout the story. The plot jumps right into the murder and we learn early on that the murder weapon is very unique and it raises some interesting questions about our own near future. There is decent cast of potential suspects that will keep you guessing until the end.

Mary-Ann Maronski
September 3, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced and fun to read mystery!

This was a fast-paced and fun to read detective story. The main characters of the detective and his assistant were very likeable and worked well together. The plot was engaging and I enjoyed puzzling out the mystery till the very end. I look forward to more books in this series.

March 23, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars 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!

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