Peter Turnbull's "After the Flood" has an absorbing plot while being a rather boring book in other aspects. The plot involves a body that is uncovered in a field when a river changes course and flood waters wash away the earth that covered it. The body has been buried for at least 12 years, which adds to the difficulty in finding the killer. The plot expands into unexpected areas as the book unfolds, keeping me interested to a mostly satisfying conclusion.
As for the characters, I find them bland. Detective Chief Inspector Hennessey, while a good man and good policeman, is dull. Sgt. Yellich is also very likeable, with his happy home life with a wife and mentally challenged son. But he also just doesn't add any pep to this crime-fighting pair. Hennessey's love interest medical examiner Louise D'Acre is a bit pompous and too constricted to enjoy. For some reason I don't take to these characters.
The writing is adequate in this book, but I have one complaint about the mechanism of solving the case--tracing the criminal through a book club. As the reader gets to know the killer, it seems hard to believe he was the kind of man to join such a club. There is no reason given why he did, and so to me it seems the book club was a poor choice as a means to get the main links for the case.