With "False Knight" Turnbull adds little to his unambitious mystery series starring Detective Chief Inspector Hennessey and Detective Sergeant Yellich. For the most part, these two protagonists remain consistently nice and a bit dull. This time, however, he does spice up the interaction between them with conflict over how the murder investigation should be conducted. As the case progresses, Hennessey, nearing retirement, notices he is slipping a bit in mental sharpness, and Yellich, generally agreeable, becomes impatient with his superior. It wouldn't surprise any readers of this series to know their ill feeling doesn't last long, as these are two of the nicest men around.
Turnbull provides a decent plot in "False Knight" that includes a dismembered leg found in a garbage wheelie bin and a missing wife in a local village. As usual, Turnbull's plot gathers momentum only to take a turn in a new and surprising direction. There are shortcomings to this series, but plot is not one of them.
This book is very short. Turnbull seems to be cranking out this series in record time, and reducing the number of pages must be his way to do so. Normally he provides standard filler about Hennessey's personal life, eg, his remembering the death of his brother while riding his motorcycle, or scenes of Yellich at home with his wife and son, but this time those sections are omitted with nothing new to replace them. It is not as though these sections are missed, so the quality (such as it is) isn't really compromised. Overall, this series is what it is--some interesting plots played out by dull characters with journeyman writing.