Leave it to the husband and wife writing team of Ilona Andrews to come up with a fresh new series revolving around an innkeeper of a seemingly innocuous bed and breakfast. Sounds kind of mundane, right? When you read anything by this author, you know that there will be some kind of magic and a host of interesting, if not freaky scary, creatures involved. And don’t forget – the snarky sense of humor. Ilona Andrews writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read. I’m always reading passages out loud to my family and literally laughing my head off.
The story begins as a third dead dog is discovered in the quiet Avalon subdivision in Red Deer, Texas. Our innkeeper Dina is saddened by the death of another dog and she instantly suspects one of her neighbors, Sean Evans who happens to be a werewolf. Later, Dina encounters the creature that was responsible for the kill and whoa, does the story become interesting.
Dina takes the creature back to her inn. On the outside, the inn appears to be just a regular house, but inside it certainly isn’t. It’s almost a sentient being. The rooms can be reconfigured in any way that Dina wishes and the technology is out of this world. Literally. Dina also has some magical powers while she is near the house.
I loved the authors’ take on the origin of werewolves and vampires. It was so very different from the usual stuff out there. I also loved Dina’s little dog Beast, a shih tzu with very sharp teeth.
Clean Sweep is a solid start to the new Innkeepers series. Keep them coming, please!
"Protocol was important. It kept everyone civil and limited the disembowelment to a bare minimum."