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The Cough of Birds

The Lyle Dahms Mysteries Book Two

When Minneapolis private investigator Lyle Dahms visits a friend who makes armor at a rural Renaissance festival instead of a day of medieval merrymaking he witnesses a grisly murder, watching helplessly as one of the friend’s colleagues is pinned to a wall by an arrow shot by an unseen assailant. Although warned to stay out of the case by the local constabulary, Dahms gets drawn in further and further as he uncovers drug dealing, crooked cops, infidelity, more deaths, and even stumbles into an unlikely chance at love with a comely and independent-minded barmaid. 

 

As lies and hidden agendas reveal themselves, Dahms must keep his wits about him as he navigates an unfamiliar bygone land of knights in armor, wandering jugglers, lusty wenches, strolling minstrels, and both gun-toting and broadsword-wielding adversaries. All that and, of course, something with which Dahms is all too familiar—murder. 

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Praise & Reviews for The Cough of Birds

Award-winning author Terry Persun writes "Reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spencer character, Dahms is antagonistic and smart-mouthed—especially with the authorities—but serious and capable when he needs to be."

"Fantastic Mystery"

This is a story that will keep readers’ interest for the sharp, biting dialogue and quirky, fascinating characters—and flavored with all those things involved in the world of Renaissance faires—from the costumes, to the period speech patterns and food options. Dahms himself is a treat. Reminiscent of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser PI, his dry humor and smart mouth are a welcome change in mystery fiction. In short, he’s a keeper.

"Complex plotting, diverse characters, edge of your seat suspense."

The Cough of Birds is a detective novel in the grand tradition, with a wise-cracking P.I. with a tough exterior and a heart of mush. What separates this from most others in the genre is the general sense of fun that Anderson brings to the story, and that I imagine he had while writing it. No slow or dull moments, the narrative moves forward quickly and relentlessly as the plot unfolds. Some sex, some romance, some violence, but it’s drizzled lightly and doesn’t detract or distract from the story. Highly recommended!

"Funny and Suspensful"

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The Shiver in Her Eyes
(2022)

A Lyle Dahms Mystery

Hired by a mob-controlled pornographer to investigate a grisly murder, Minneapolis PI Lyle Dahms faces murderous gunmen, merciless gang members, and a massive ex-professional wrestler who, besotted with the dead man’s wife, insists on tagging along.

The real mystery involves the pornographer’s mistress, a dark and vulnerable beauty who steals Lyle’s heart—and who may not be everything she seems. As the lies continue to mount and loyalties change like the Midwest weather, Dahms risks his life to seek justice and protect the woman he loves.

 

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Praise & Reviews for The Shiver in Her Eyes

Lyle Dahms is a PI protagonist unlike any I have encountered before. The story from Lyle's point of view offered fresh internal dialogue that had me laughing while I continued to turn page after page to find out what happened next. I can't wait for the next Lyle Dahms mystery to hit the shelves!

"Private Eye Page Turner!"

Shiver in Her Eyes is quite the page turner. It's a gripping chapter in a new series I've been hearing about from other mystery fans who, like me, formerly lived in the Twin Cities. As someone who spent years in Dinkytown, I can vouch for the loving details of the setting. Lyle Dahms is a fascinating character and not the usual over confident private investigator. He's a believable person full of doubt at times. He's surrounded by other memorable characters especially a wrestler. The writing is light and on its feet and will grab anyone who loves Raymond Chandler. Look forward to future installments. I'm hooked!

"A Great Kick-off to a Gripping Detective Series"

I loved this book. The characters are a hoot. the dialogue clever, and the situations unique. This book just draws you in tighter and tighter as the story approaches its climax. I didn't want it to end and I'm ready for more from this series.

"A gripping story that draws you in tighter and tighter"

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About Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota whose Dinkytown neighborhood provides the setting for his mystery series featuring private investigator Lyle Dahms. The Dahms novels spring from his lifelong love of mystery fiction, especially the works of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, as well as more contemporary masters like Robert B. Parker and G.M. Ford. He is a three-time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association mystery and suspense contest.

 

Brian spent much of his professional career working to alleviate domestic hunger serving as the operations director of the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County as well as the manager of the Pike Market Food Bank in downtown Seattle. Married with three beautiful daughters, he now lives and writes in Ocean Shores, a small city on the Washington coast.

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