Driven by Dane Cobain – book review and giveaway

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Driven by Dane Cobain to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Driven by Dane Cobain

Here is the book blurb.

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…

The story starts by introducing us to Donna Thompson but by the end of chapter 1, she is dead, killed in a hit and run. Then chapter 2 feels slow with random snapshots as we meet private investigator James Leipfold, play director Tom Townsend and computer whizz Maile O’Hara. Chapter 3 was equally slow, this time meeting Detective Inspector Jack Cholmondeley, Sergeant Gary Mogford, Constable Groves and informing Donna’s next of kin, her mother Eleanor, who hasn’t seen Donna in years.

Then with the highlight of chapter 4 initially seeming to be skint Leipfold advertising for an intern and reading the newspaper, which mentions the hit and run, I was about ready to give up on this book. It was just way too slow, however I persevered. Leipfold decides to visit the scene where he bumps into Cholmondely who he knows from way back. From his investigative methods, I started to get the feeling that Leipfold may be the one who can find the mystery driver rather than the police, as he quickly finds a house nearby with CCTV. And by the end of the chapter, we have linked in another of the main characters, Maile is waiting outside Leipfold’s office. She wants to be his intern.

As things start to hot up, I’m glad I kept going with this book, but I would suggest to the author that he needs to hook the reader in sooner. The CCTV appears to indicate that the car has no driver. How can this be? Is the driver hiding out of view? Is the vehicle being controlled remotely? Could it be pre-meditated murder rather than an accidental hit and run?

So in true whodunnit style, potential suspects start to stack up for the crime. And so do alibis.

I loved the way Leipfold shares little clues to the police, then relying on them to do the necessary graft.

Driven is available on Amazon in paperback, audiobook and kindle formats. A modern detective mystery to get you thinking whodunnit. It is the first book in a series, so I’m looking forward to reading more and hoping that now we have been introduced to the sleuths, that the next title will unfold faster.

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19 thoughts on “Driven by Dane Cobain – book review and giveaway

  1. Lisa D

    I’d love to read Driven as I’m a big fan of crime/mystery books. I’ve read lots of books in this genre but I haven’t read anything by this author.


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  3. John Taggart

    I’ll get round to reading it now I’ve finished Murder on the Orient express, I now have plenty of trike on my hands as it’s Murder on the 7:30 Darlington to King’s Cross Express as I’m sat round for ages at the station, waiting for trains that either don’t turn up, are late thanks to strikes, staff shortages, staff sickness breakdowns, and incompetent management


  4. Sarah MumofThree World

    I do love a detective story, but it’s a shame this one takes a while to get going. As you say, it’s often the case that subsequent books in a series get moving faster as they don’t have to introduce the main characters.


  5. Susan B

    I was going to post about my favourite book but got waylaid reading PARIS JOURNAL (JUNE 2022). It started brilliantly: ‘Well hello and shit.’ and then went on to talk about Biggie the cat and Paris. Highly entertaining. What a gifted writer.


  6. Tracy Barber

    Sounds like a good read if not a bit of a slow starter, but sometimes the best whodunnits are a bit slow to get off the ground



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