Bodies in the Water (The Inspector George Zammit Series Book 1) by Aj Aberford
First of all many thanks to Rebecca @hobeckbooks for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
A body is found on the water and Inspector George Zammit of the Maltese Pulizija is in charge of the investigation where it appears that this wasn't an accident. The story shifts to money laundering via a betting company registered in Malta and a nefarious Italian crime family with illegal dealings.
You can appreciate the amount of research the author has delved into, quite impressive, with a notable amount of background info with regards to different Libian terror groups, money laundering, drugs, and human trafficking.
The characters' surnames were incredibly amusing. I'm from Gibraltar and a Maltese community has existed in Gibraltar since shortly after its capture by an Anglo-Dutch fleet in 1704, so you can imagine my surprise when I first heard of Zammit, Camilleri, Schembri and Borg which were mentioned in the book, as I have friends with these exact surnames.
Incidentally, my niece's future husband is called borg!! lol.
Overall, an exciting start to the series and one that I have enjoyed reading. I am eagerly anticipating what's to come next in Inspector George Zammit's upcoming adventure.
AJ Aberford has enjoyed a varied career, having been both a corporate and banking lawyer, owning and running a private investment company and founding a leading Yorkshire craft brewery. Changing direction, he is now a debut author of the Inspector George Zammit crime and thriller series.
AJ Aberford still keeps his house in Yorkshire but lives primarily in Malta, which is the inspiration for the Inspector George Zammit series. Upon moving there, he soon became enthralled by the culture and history of the island that acts as a bridge between Europe and North Africa.
Malta’s position at the sharp end of the migrant crisis, as well as the rapid growth of its commercial and offshore-financial sectors, provide a rich backdrop for his writing. The culture, politics and geography of the southern Mediterranean continually throws-up surprises in this fascinating part of the world, nothing is ever what it seems, with the lines between right and wrong often blurred and twisted.
AJ Aberford is married and has two grown-up sons, as well as grandchildren. He is a keen cook, an adventurous traveller, a cyclist and is currently writing the fifth book in the Inspector George Zammit series.