To Kill A Warlock

Adult
Rated 4.19/5 based on 32 reviews
From New York Times Bestselling Author, HP Mallory, Comes...To Kill A Warlock

The murder of a dark arts warlock.
A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose.
A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate.
Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch. More
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About HP Mallory

I started my writing career as a self-published author and was lucky enough to hit both the Amazon and the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s lists with my two series, the Jolie Wilkins series and the Dulcie O’Neil series.

After hitting both lists, I thought life couldn’t really get much better so you can imagine my surprise when Random House (Bantam imprint) signed me to write three books in the Jolie Wilkins series (Witchful Thinking, The Witch is Back and Something Witchy This Way Comes). Now I love the fact that I’m both a traditionally published author as well as a self-published one (with my Dulcie O’Neil series).

And even more cool news? The books in both series are currently being made into audio books! Stay tuned for more information…

When people ask me what I’m like, it’s sort of hard to answer but here goes… I’m a huge fan of anything paranormal and I always have been. I get super excited whenever they have those Twilight Zone Marathon days and anything ghost or vampire related will always attract my attention.

My interests are varied but aside from writing, I’m most excited about traveling. Uncovering new places and learning about different cultures is pretty incredible. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to live abroad in England and Scotland, both places really having a profound effect on my books.

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Reviews

Review by: Alysa H on Sep. 21, 2014 :
This is a fun UF/PR. It's got superficial similarities to many other series but still holds up as its its own thing. The meta elements are trying a little too hard, perhaps (e.g. Dulcie is an aspiring writer as well as a fairy "cop" -- though she doesn't seem that great at either occupation...), but also add to the humor which is already copious. Too many beefcakey potential love interests for my usual taste, but I didn't mind because I was enjoying the plot and world-building so much.
(review of free book)

Review by: Laurie on June 10, 2014 :
It has it all. Romance, without 20 pages of bah bah sex filler, mystery, heros, fantastic writing. You do not move once you start reading, as you do not know what is going to happen. Truly, truly enjoyable.
(review of free book)

Review by: Cheryl Pearce on July 04, 2013 :
I am on book 6 and have not been able to put it down. Very good series, lots of fun and laughs but also well thought out deep plot that connects all the dots. I got the first three books for free and had no choice but to buy the other 3 because I had to know how it all ends. Totally worth it!
(review of free book)

Review by: deborah burnett on March 24, 2013 :
Excellent book...fun, sexy, well-put-together. Dulcie's character is a new imagining of Fae Mythology, fresh and different, while remaining believable within the context of the genre. I loved it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Kate Halpert on March 06, 2013 :
Loved it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on March 04, 2013 :
To Kill a Warlock introduces Dulcie and her friends/coworkers. She is short, spunky, and good at her job. She also draws the lascivious attention of a number men, all of whom have their own appeal. You can't help but appreciate her brazen disregard of their attention and feelings. She can be downright cruel at times, not that anyone seems to mind. I have to say I enjoyed her as a character. She didn't let her hormones distract her from the task at hand. Though Knight, Bram and Quill, and even Dagan easily could have. The whole book has an upbeat feel to it that makes it a lot of fun to read. It is written in the first person, which is my least favourite style. I got over it though.

While I obviously enjoyed this easy-peasy read I was a little irked at times. I thought it was a little too much that every man she encountered seem to lust after her. Surely she can't be every man's dream girl, no matter how hot she is. I also wasn't really feeling the her desire to be an author. It didn't seem to go with her hard-ass regulator personality.
(review of free book)

Review by: Laurie Treacy on May 29, 2011 :
Dulcie is the heart and soul of To Kill a Warlock and she never lets the reader down. With her natural charm, wit, along with the heavy burden of a nasty breakup which has made her put up protective walls around her, Dulcie comes across as believable, yet gullible, strong and real. Her first person narration is full of humor and snark. I didn't always care for her choices and her decisions in parts made me shake my head, yet I really enjoyed her interactions with Quill, Knight, Bram and Sam. Throughout the book I was totally in Quill's corner and wished there was more of a backstory between him and Dulcie. I wanted to know more about their relationship and work history. Quill was the male model she used for her romance novels and I thought--with some more worldbuilding I could truly get behind them. Unlike other readers, I wasn't crazy about Knight, even though I did like the mysterious way he was introduced to us. As a vampire fangirl, all I can say is I wished Bram had more story time.

Despite its short length, I still found the story highly addictive. With Mallory's nice style of writing, the words flowed and I was absorbed into Dulcie's world. To Kill a Warlock is a fast paced, entertaining, quick read with a surprise ending. Let H.P. Mallory sprinkle some of her writing dust on you and I bet you'll soon be hooked and ready to gobble up the next book in this fun series, A Tale of Two Goblins.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Christie Ibarra on May 25, 2011 :
Dulcie O’Neil is a Regulator working for the A.N.C (Association for Netherworld Creatures). This is a law enforcement agency that makes sure Netherworld creatures, which are living openly among the human race, are abiding by the laws in place. She also happens to be a fairy and a pretty badass one at that. When she isn’t working as a Regulator she spends time writing romance novels with the hopes of one day being able to retire from the A.N.C and write full time. In this series debut we follow Dulcie as she tries to track down a murderer that did an awful good job of make Dulcie look guilty of the crime he/she committed.

My favorite part of this book was the wide variety of supernatural characters thrown into the mix. If you’re into hot supernatural guys you want to give this series a try. I’ve read the first two books in this series and still can’t pick a favorite. Dulcie is also such a fabulous main character and I adore her best friend Sam. The moments witnessed between the two of them were some of my favorites. It seems the female protags in UF books are usually seriously lacking the BFF department. I was so happy this wasn’t the case with Dulcie.

The plot and pacing of To Kill a Warlock was very impressive. Sometimes smaller novels can feel rushed and the characters will lack the development I need to connect. This didn’t feel like an issue to me while reading. The dialogue was fun and I enjoyed Dulcie’s wit. She is a really fun character to spend time with. All in all H.P Mallory offers readers a wonderful and engaging Urban Fantasy debut. At just 99 cents for the e-book version this is a steal!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Moujnir Lewis on May 25, 2011 :
This is the first book I've read by H.P. Mallory and it certainly won't be tha last. Main character Dulcie is funny,courageous, and inspirational.An amzing book, To Kill a Warlock is a novel you don't want to miss.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Guy on May 05, 2011 :
H.P. Mallory knows how to create a fun, sexy paranormal mystery, and while Dulcie is not the most likable heroine, she certainly is one of the most amusing.

She's surrounded by hot men/netherworld beings, and they all seem to have the hots for her, but she doesn't quite do anything about it, except fuss and write romance novels and try to catch the thing that killed Fabian, owner of the dark arts store. (who also turned her into a giant booger!)

Though Dulcie was annoying at times, especially when it came to her romantic life, it was hard not to like her. She's very gutsy and of course, she's sexy and she's a fairy and a law enforcement officer. There just aren't many characters like her.

If only she would just give in and really go out and like some of the guys that are sniffing around her. She just seems to just take them part of the way...and these are guys that are pretty hard to resist, like Bram the sexy Vampire and A Gentlemen or Knight.

But the real focus of the story is the mystery involved, and H.P. Mallory, writes a good mystery, because you will not see who was involved in this one. In fact, the whole whodunit will leave some of the readers a bit depressed, because the bad guy, isn't really a very bad guy.

This was a quick fun read, and if you like paranormal creatures with a bit of mystery tossed into the kettle, this should be up your alley.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beverly S on April 21, 2011 :
My thoughts:
Love the characters! They are all unique and just a little bit "off" from what you would think they should be. They all have a lot more depth than they want others to believe too. Some, like Dagon, are frightening in both their behavior and their personalities.
On the outside Dulcie is a tough, hardened, smart-mouthed Regulator, but on the inside she is a wounded, insecure romantic afraid to let anyone get to close. And too close is where Knight wants to spend his time. Knight is a fantastic character - loved his cockiness and self confidence. Bram on the other hand - I couldn't decide what to think of Bram - want to love him, but anyone who can want for someone for that long really has to get on with it or get over it.
I do love the relationships that develop throughout the story.
The plot is twisty and keeps you turning the pages. Well developed, well written, and entertaining! Didn't want to put it down! Can't wait to read book two - I HAVE to know what happens with Knight and Dulcie!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RBtWBC on April 20, 2011 :
3.5 stars


To Kill a Warlock is a light and humorous paranormal romance/urban fantasy about a fairy named Dulcie O'Neil and her adventures as a regulator (law enforcement) for Netherworld creatures and an aspiring romance writer.
When a known illegal potions seller is found dead, Dulcie is the prime suspect and must seek out the true culprit to clear her name. Soon after the murder a handsome stranger shows up claiming to be a Netherworld investigator sent to team up with her and find the murderer, but Dulcie finds more then she bargained for in this investigation.

With magic, romance, mystery, sexual tension and action, To Kill a Warlock was a fun and fast read. Mallory has created an interesting world with a vast array of paranormal creatures and a fresh twist in their abilities.
I loved the secondary characters in this take, especially Dulcie’s three love interests; Knightly, Bram and Quillan.
Though I wasn’t getting the feel of the main character and heroine, Dulcie. She is a smart, pretty and kick-ass fairy that is serious about her job but I found her personality and character development lacking. She had a bad relationship experience and because of her issues with that came off as a cold man-hater. She has three gorgeous men vying for her attention and she states in internal dialogues that she is attracted to each one, has feelings for one or two, but then she goes off thinking she would never be with any of them, turns them down and doesn’t treat them very nice at all. The romance in this story was a big disappointment for me, I wasn’t believing it, and is the main reason as to my rating of this novel.
There was a nice twist to the end though and I enjoyed the sub-plot of Dulcie writing a bodice-ripping pirate romance starring her boss. All in all a good read and I will continue with the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lori (Romancing the Dark Side) on April 20, 2011 :
A new brand of urban fantasy!!!

Dulcie O'Neil is a kick-ass fairy who works for law-enforcement as a Netherworld Regulator by day in protecting the human population from Netherworld creatures, and an inspiring romance writer at night. When she's singled out as a suspect in a warlock's murder, Dulcie must put in some overtime to work to clear her name. The Netherworld has sent their own investigator, Knight Vander, to partner up with Dulcie and solve the case before another murder takes place. Used to working on her own, Dulcie is torn between her freedom and emotions, she finds her new partner suffocating yet enticing. She soon finds her life is turning into the very novels she writes!

Dulcie is a fun and sexy heroine. You'll love her sense of humor and feisty attitude. She constantly reminds us of her complicated life but having a sexy vampire and a Loki with the looks of a Greek god vying for your attention isn't a bad thing in my book! Dulcie might have a reputation of being tough and confident in her work life, but her past has left some deep scars that make her vulnerable yet guarded.

The men in this story are absolutely delicious! Knight is suave and seductive, Bram is romantic and sexy and Quillan is dark and mysterious. Dulcie is one lucky fairy with her pick of these yummy alphas! They all have their own special qualities and charms and add a dash of spice to the romance.

H.P. Mallory delivers a great story with characters you'll adore. Her humor and modern day references to pop culture are highly original in the urban fantasy genre...and I for one relished every page. A steamy love triangle, suspense and great sexual tension that will have you laughing out loud makes To Kill A Warlock a must read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paranormal Opinion on April 12, 2011 :
This was a really good book! It contained a lot of different paranormal creatures, including a fairy, witch, goblin, vampire, etc... I liked the character of Dulcie, who is a fairy. She got out of a bad relationship, which has caused trust issues. Because of this, she hasn't even gone on a date during the past year. She somehow ends up having 3 different guys drooling after her. My favorite of the 3 is Knight, though Dulcie is reluctant to get too close to him (or anyone). I found myself wanting to see more happen between the two of them, I'm not sure why - half the time he was a jerk or cocky. Sometimes sparks just fly between 2 characters and you just have to go with it.

Not only does Dulcie work in law-enforcement, but she is also a writer. When her historical romance novel was turned down by publishers, it was suggested that she try the paranomal genre. I loved her reaction to that:

"Paranormals, I mean, come on. Who the hell reads those?"

Ha, ha, ha.... I think that was my favorite line. I'm not sure I've read a book where the main character is an author. I mean, it's the perfect thing for an author to write about. They know first hand about all the ups and downs of writing and getting published. It gives the reader a small glimpse of what being an author is like - all the rejection and feelings of discouragement. Anyway, Dulcie's main job is in law-enforcement - and because of that, there was lots action and suspense. There was a lot of humor in this book as well. Dulcie's sassy attitude contributed to a lot of entertaining moments. I absolutely love the covers of H.P. Mallory's books. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when I saw this one I just knew it would be a fun and sassy read. I wasn't wrong!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shelleyrae on March 01, 2011 :
I was pleased to win a copy of To Kill A Warlock at a blog giveaway since I had been seeing it everywhere, I’m just sorry it took me so long to get to it.
Dulcie O’Neil is no sparkly sweet fairy, she is a Regulator – keeping the paranormal creatures that have seeped into our world in line. With a kickass attitude and handful of fairy dust she is recruited by Knight, from the Netherworld Headquarters, to investigate some gruesome deaths suspected to be related to an illicit potion trade.
The storyline has a little bit of everything, magic, romance, mystery and action, its light hearted yet there are a few shadows lurking.
Dulcie is sassy, fun and smart(except for her blindspot where men are concerned) and I liked the fresh twist with her fairy magic abilities. I also like how Dulcie has more mundane concerns like money, bad relationships and her self conciousness about her pointy ears, which makes her easier to relate to. I have to admit, the wannabee author thing didn’t appeal to me but it is only a minor issue.
There are an awful lot of male’s in Dulcies life – I thought perhaps it was a few too many panting over her. Knight is the obvious hero, and Mallory managed his ambiguity well, I was never quite sure just which side he was going to come down on. A Loki is something new so that added interest for me, and I enjoyed his chemistry with Dulcie.
I liked Sam though we didn’t see much of her, and I can see the potential storylines where Dagan and Quillan are concerned.
I found To Kill A Warlock a fast and entertaining read and I am interested in seeing how her other book Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble compares.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lydia Gibbs on Jan. 07, 2011 :
I won't summarise the plot, I'll just say I liked it enough to looking for the next book as soon as I turned the last page. You'll have to wait until April though, so don't say I didn't warn you.
Don't be put of by the shallowish feel to the characters at the start, it's a goer from about thirty pages in.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: A.M. Harte on Dec. 26, 2010 :
This is a solid urban fantasy with strong elements of romance. The story follows the independent, hard-working and crime-busting Dulcie as she polices the Netherworld and handles illegal trafficking, murder, and more. But Dulcie’s routine is thrown into disarray when a warlock is murdered and she’s the last person to have seen him alive. Dulcie must crack the case, fast—and it remains to be seen whether the sinfully attractive investigator Knight Vander will help or hinder her cause. Between fighting her attracting for Knight, hunting a roaming monster, and handling a scheming vampire, will Dulcie capture the murderer in time?

While I was a little hesitant about the cover of Fire Burn, this cover caught my eye and held it, perhaps because Dulcie is much more my kind of protagonist than Jolie is. Dulcie is a go-getter, a strong female character with a mind of her own and the ability to fight her own battles. As a fairy, she’s blessed with supernatural speed and, of course, the magic of fairy dust—a power which, to my delight, is rather originally handled in this novel.

I suppose “original” would be the best way to describe the world-building, too. While there were many familiar elements — witches and vampires and fairies — Mallory has created a fresh twist on the paranormal, viewed through the eyes of a snarky, entertaining heroine. The plot itself is often light-hearted (the story begins with Dulcie being turned into a slime monster) but isn’t afraid of the darker side too; what with murders and betrayals, this story has just the right mix of romance and suspense to make it a perfect weekend read.

Knight remains a bit of a cipher but he’s an intriguing male lead, more so because Dulcie doesn’t put up with his oversized ego and helps to put him in his place now and then. The connection between the two is made all the more interesting because Dulcie keeps side-stepping his attempts to seduce her — again showing that Dulcie is a strong character who doesn’t fall into a swoon over just anyone. (Knight likes the challenge, though.)

In sum, I think it’s quite clear that out of HP Mallory’s two series, Dulcie’s story is by far my favourite. To Kill A Warlock is an urban fantasy/romance that strays away from the beaten path by mixing in some serious crime-busting and undercover work — not to mention a solid ending that leaves you wanting more. Recommended for lovers of snarky heroines who can kiss ass and still have a love life.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chasity on Nov. 12, 2010 :
Watch out! HP Mallory has come gins ablaze in the UF scene. To Kill a Warlock has all the great elements of Urban Fantasy with a touch of something extra. Humor, sexiness, danger and mystique.

Dulcie is a Fairy who works as a Regulator. She is police to all the otherworldly creatures from the Netherworld. As you can imagine the job is no walk along the beach when some warlock can cast nasty spells on you. But Dulcie has her own magic and smarts to get her through a days work.


What I loved most:
The plot was fast paced and kept me on my toes. Who's the bad guy? What will happen next are some of the questions going through my mind as I read on.
World setting was easy to grasp. The Netherworld is like a parallel dimension or as as it was explained in the novel-another layer. It's quite fascinating to think that some other world is living a while other kind of day at the same time that I am living it to.
The characters were an adventure in themselves. Dulcie is quite a gal. Her scrupulous nature has her working hard on the current case even though it means making favors and visits she would rather do when hell freezes. Dulcie is even more so of interest to me because she is looking for more out of life. She is an aspiring author and a tough as hell Regulator. It's great to read a character who is still in the process of becoming what they want rather then at the end of it.
Romance Interest. Yes, I must say something on the matter of romance. To Kill a Warlock is an Urban novel so the romance is not of high priority. But I will say that there is some man candy for me to drool over. In fact, a trifecta of hunkiness: Quillian (the boss), Knight (Netherworld agent), and Bram (the club owning vampire). How is a gal to choose? Oh, the dilemma of it all. mwahahaha.


What I was least fond of but added the UF grit to the novel:
Dagan and his house of horrors. I don't like to read about S&M stuff but HP did a wonderful job of keeping the pages significant to the plot. Even though there were a couple of trips to the club everything written is relevant to the storyline as well as the effect of the amount of danger involved with having a Netherworld creature loose on Earth.

Looking forward to:
I am looking forward to Dulcie. I can easily see how subsequent novels will be full of her choices. As I mentioned above she is still in the process of becoming who she wants to be. As a reader I want to dive in there with her and she were it all goes. Plus, I am dying to read who she will be dating. hehehehe. Oh, the ending was interesting. I am certainly looking forward to her new puppy and what happens to its gifter *no spoilers*

All in all, purely entertaining read. Dulcie knows how to run the show and does one hell of a job of it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Robyn Sadler on Oct. 30, 2010 :
H.P. Mallory has another series out that she is starting and that's the Dulcie O'Neil series. The first book in the series is To Kill a Warlock. Out of her two latest books I would have to say this is my favorite. This one falls under urban fantasy....

For the rest, go here (http://robsad79.blogspot.com/2010/10/to-kill-warlock.html)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tine86 on Oct. 27, 2010 :
Dulcie O´Neil is a fairy and regulator for Association of Netherworld Creatures (ANC), who keep an eye on all paranormal creatures living amongst humans. Luckily. Dulcie is not one of the slightly overused, kick ass chicks who are incredibly powerful. She´s a fairy and her magic is based on fairy dust, but that´s it. I really enjoxed Dulcie´s down-to-earth character. She´s a girl like you and me who watches Bridget Jones movies and writes romance novels (about her boss as fierce pirate captain), who is full of self doubts due to a relationship gone really bad and who thinks about ear enhancement for her pointy fairy ears.

When a Warlock who was know for selling illegal potions is killed and partially eaten, she and her team start to investigate As more bodies turn up dead, a stanger called Knight is sent from the Netherworld to help with the investigation. Investigation that lead Dulcie to a vampire called Bram, who insists that Bram Storker was named after him, a demon informant that runs a sex club and some really nasty potions.

On her side are hobgoblin Trey who seems to annoy everone, her boss Quillian (said inspiration for the romance novel) and sexy but cocky Knight. When the creature starts to gun for Dulcie and her love life starts to spin out of control, it might just be too much for Dulcie to handle.

If you read a book by H.P. Mallory, you´re in for a funny and thoroughly entertaining story that will make you forget the word around you. There´s one great scene after another and leaves you wishing you could read faster!

I can only recommend this book to every Urban Fantasy fan who like books with a great plot, whit and sexy guys.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: The Bookish Snob on Oct. 23, 2010 :
This is the first time reading something by HP Mallory and have to tell you that I'm a definite FAN. I love it when I read a book and it almost seems effortless because everything works so well together and that's what made this book such a great experience. There was a very natural flow to the story that allowed me to really settle into it and although it wasn't as long as some books I've read, there was no sense of being rushed or of cramming alot of information in to a limited amount of pages. I was able to read without being bombarded with needless facts and images and it was just so easy to get absorbed into the story.

I have to say, I loved that Dulcie had a real sassy personality because nothing makes a story harder to read than a boring lead character and she made me laugh with her sense of humor. I really liked how she handled herself and how she worked hard to keep focused on her job of finding the killer. With Quillan and Knight stealing kisses and sharing flirtations, I would have been reduced to a puddle on the floor for the story. I loved her experiences with going to the S&M club (she got to wear some pretty fabulous clothes) and her reactions to the "eye full" of things happening there. It showed me that Dulcie was incredibly human in how she felt and it not only helped me imagine her within the scenes but also helped me identify with her. She was such a great character to read and I'm looking forward to future stories with her.

The men in this story *fans herself a little* were something my imagination had a great time mooning over but ultimately it was all about Knight. Knight was the story's resident bad boy. Good looking with a cocky attitude, he came across to me like a constant flirt but someone who also knew when the moment required seriousness. He was a FABULOUS choice to play opposite Dulcie and I loved reading how he interacted with her. There were so many great scenes filled with Knight, from his guest appearance in her dreams to his frequent trips into Dagan's club where you never did quite know what he would have Dulcie do. He always seemed to be pushing her buttons and I will tell you this so if you don't want a spoiler cover your eyes - if I EVER walked over to my bed and found a man like Knight sleeping in it naked... my first reaction would NOT be to cover him over with a blanket. I loved how Dulcie never did fully give into him despite the chemistry and hot make out sessions. It made me respect her and showed that in reality, it is ok not to jump into bed with someone the first time they smile at you.

You know there wasn't anything that I didn't love about this story and I'm left with the feeling of being completely and thoroughly entertained and satisfied. To Kill A Warlock is a definite keeper and one that I'll read over and over again. I recommend that you check it out and see about downloading your own copy. You won't be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Freeman on Oct. 21, 2010 :
Let me start by saying that I'm NOT a fan of fairies whatsoever. I've read a few books that have literally turned me off reading anything that mentions them in it. When I was asked to read this I thought, well hey, I will give the fairies another go and see what happens.

I was pleasantly surprised right from the word go that I really enjoyed the main character Dulcie. She's a Regulator for the Association for Netherworld Creatures. In other words she's a Paranormal Cop helping to keep the supernaturals in line! She's petite and pretty with pointy ears and can create fairy dust with the shake of her hand but thats as fairy as she gets. There's no wings, she doesn't live in someone's backyard and she's smart. I liked reading from her point of view. She doesn't put up with anyones crap when they try to pull moves she doesn't like.

The main story line begins with a Warlock being gruesomely murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive. Quillan, her very hunky boss pulls her in for her statement and eventually suspends her from the case. Dulcie isn't happy about this but at the same time it gives her time to finish her novel she's writing AND do some sneaky investigating with Knight, the hot mysterious Investigator from the Netherworld. Lately I've been really drawn to creative characters and when it mentions her book I was hooked completely.

The story was well written, and although there are already books out there with a similar feel H.P Mallory's writing offers a fresh approach to the genre.

To Kill A Warlock drew me in with the quirky characters, interesting story line and humour to boot. I'd love to see what happens next with Dulcie. A Great read
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: A.M. Harte on Oct. 16, 2010 :
This is a solid urban fantasy with strong elements of romance. The story follows the independent, hard-working and crime-busting Dulcie as she polices the Netherworld and handles illegal trafficking, murder, and more. But Dulcie’s routine is thrown into disarray when a warlock is murdered and she’s the last person to have seen him alive. Dulcie must crack the case, fast—and it remains to be seen whether the sinfully attractive investigator Knight Vander will help or hinder her cause. Between fighting her attracting for Knight, hunting a roaming monster, and handling a scheming vampire, will Dulcie capture the murderer in time?

While I was a little hesitant about the cover of Fire Burn, this cover caught my eye and held it, perhaps because Dulcie is much more my kind of protagonist than Jolie is. Dulcie is a go-getter, a strong female character with a mind of her own and the ability to fight her own battles. As a fairy, she’s blessed with supernatural speed and, of course, the magic of fairy dust—a power which, to my delight, is rather originally handled in this novel.

I suppose “original” would be the best way to describe the world-building, too. While there were many familiar elements — witches and vampires and fairies — Mallory has created a fresh twist on the paranormal, viewed through the eyes of a snarky, entertaining heroine. The plot itself is often light-hearted (the story begins with Dulcie being turned into a slime monster) but isn’t afraid of the darker side too; what with murders and betrayals, this story has just the right mix of romance and suspense to make it a perfect weekend read.

Knight remains a bit of a cipher but he’s an intriguing male lead, more so because Dulcie doesn’t put up with his oversized ego and helps to put him in his place now and then. The connection between the two is made all the more interesting because Dulcie keeps side-stepping his attempts to seduce her — again showing that Dulcie is a strong character who doesn’t fall into a swoon over just anyone. (Knight likes the challenge, though.)

In sum, I think it’s quite clear that out of HP Mallory’s two series, Dulcie’s story is by far my favourite. To Kill A Warlock is an urban fantasy/romance that strays away from the beaten path by mixing in some serious crime-busting and undercover work — not to mention a solid ending that leaves you wanting more. Recommended for lovers of snarky heroines who can kiss ass and still have a love life.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Karissa's Reading Review on Oct. 12, 2010 :
This is the first book in the Dulcie O'Neil series by H. P. Mallory. I got a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed it! While not the most creative paranormal series I've ever read; this series was light-hearted, fun and very well written. Think of it as a mash-up of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, and Molly Harper's Jane Jameson series. You got the fairies and the Netherworld, a murder mystery, and lots of light-hearted snarkiness.

Dulie works as a Regulator for A.N.C. (Association for Netherworld Creatures). She helps keep tabs on Netherworld Creatures, makes sure they are registered with ANC, and solves cases involving them. As the book starts she has been turned into a nasty creature while on a case to catch someone selling illegal potions. Problem is next day the guy she was investigating ends up dead. So, she is kind of a suspect. Then suddenly she is pulled off of the case "to protect her" and at the same time the steaming hot Knight comes into her life demanding her help on the murder case; Knight is futher up the A.N.C food chain than Dulcie's boss, so Dulcie is forced to help him out. Now Dulcie is drawn into a dangerous case, trying to finish writing her first romance novel, dodging her feelings for her boss (Quillan), dealing with an amorous vampire, negotiating with a pain-loving demon, and side stepping Knight's attempts to get romantically involved with her. Dulcie's life is definitely not going to get boring anytime soon.

This was a fun book. Dulcie's world is never really explained in detail, but you pick up pieces as you read and it is an interesting world. I would love to learn more about the Netherworld in the next book. Dulcie is a likable heroine; with a snarky since of humor, some wicked fairy dust tricks, and a soft spot for hot men. There are a number of yummy guys written into the story. In fact it was almost too many. Dulcie is torn between dealing with Knight, Quillan, and Bram...at some points that seemed like a couple guys too many. Mallory handled the interactions well though and gave enough depth to their personalities that you could see what Dulcie saw in them.

The book is well-written; very natural sounding and easy to read, hard to put down, and the plot moved at a nice clip. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

Overall this is a great addition to the more light-hearted side of the paranormal genre. At times Dulcie reminded me a bit of Rachel Morgan; she has a similar job and that same type of innocence that Rachel carries around with her in the beginning of that series. While not mind-blowing; the world is well thought out, the writing is well done, and this was a fun lighthearted read. Definitely a fun way to pass the time. Check it out if you are a fan of lighthearted paranormal romance.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: romfanreviews on Oct. 04, 2010 :
Dulcie is a fairy and Regulator, law enforcement to the paranormal who has had a run of bad luck turned into a gross monster that requires her best-friend to try and change her back and then to find out she was the last person to see the jerk who made her into the monster alive. Could things get any worse? Of course they can.

Knight needs Dulcie to aid him in finding out who is murdering the creatures but she cannot let anyone know who he really is and that she is working for the top of the ladder.

Dulcie would much rather just write her book that is going to allow her to retire from being a Regulator but unfortunately that is not going to happen anytime soon now that something is out there killing others and she has to do all that she can to stop it before it is to late. And of course now she has to also deal with the Knight and the feelings he brings out in her.

To Kill a Warlock had me laughing from the first paragraph and kept my attention all they way through it has suspense, romance and humor that will keep the reader engrossed. I cannot wait to see what happens next to Dulcie, Knight and the rest of the characters brought to life by HP Mallory.

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(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: superlibrarian on Sep. 28, 2010 :
** spoiler alert ** I liked the premise of this book - fairy in law enforcement has to solve a murder - but there appear to be three potential romantic possibilities for the main character, Dulcie, and the one that appears to be "winning" at the end of this book is the one I like the least (Knight). In fact, I like him so little, it annoyed me that Dulcie is even slightly interested in him. The one I liked the best (Quillan) turns out to be one of the bad guys (maybe? maybe there's a good reason for what he did that we'll find out about in a future book?), which just stank. There also really wasn't much focus on his relationship with Dulcie, most of that is implied, and that made me sad for much of the book. What I liked is that he seemed to care about Dulcie for who she was, and liked her for who she was. The other two possibilities don't really know her that well, and any chemistry is purely physical, which...I personally just don't enjoy reading about. The third romantic possibility (Br ...more I liked the premise of this book - fairy in law enforcement has to solve a murder - but there appear to be three potential romantic possibilities for the main character, Dulcie, and the one that appears to be "winning" at the end of this book is the one I like the least (Knight). In fact, I like him so little, it annoyed me that Dulcie is even slightly interested in him. The one I liked the best (Quillan) turns out to be one of the bad guys (maybe? maybe there's a good reason for what he did that we'll find out about in a future book?), which just stank. There also really wasn't much focus on his relationship with Dulcie, most of that is implied, and that made me sad for much of the book. What I liked is that he seemed to care about Dulcie for who she was, and liked her for who she was. The other two possibilities don't really know her that well, and any chemistry is purely physical, which...I personally just don't enjoy reading about. The third romantic possibility (Bram), I enjoyed as a character, but I definitely didn't "see" any chemistry between him and Dulcie.

All that being said, it was an OK book, and I'm intrigued enough to want to read more, but if the next book doesn't turn the story in a direction that I enjoy more, I probably won't continue to read the series. This isn't the fault the author or anything, the romantic subplot in this just really wasn't my cup of tea, but I can see how people who enjoy more mysterious alpha male types might really get a kick out of this.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Monica Jones on Sep. 26, 2010 :
The first book in a new series by this author, To Kill A Warlock is an enjoyable read. The heroine, Dulcie, is a tough chick with a heart of gold. The men in her life vary from comical (her co-worker who’s a hobgoblin) to arrogant (the vampire and Knight) to downright demonic, and they bring with them the accompanying emotions. She pretty much just wants to do her job. She’s a very talented investigator and this case is testing all of her mettle. Luckily, she has her best friend (a witch) to help her with work and play. Ultimately, Dulcie’s determined to do the right thing, even if it means questioning her purpose.

I can’t wait to see what she comes across in the next book.

--Monica, www.ireadromance.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Evelyn Amaro on Sep. 06, 2010 :
HP Mallory has done it again with To Kill A Warlock. She is a new author that has quickly cemented her place on the top of the list of urban fantasy greats. This novel is another testament as to why she has quickly risen to my top 10 UF author's list. This series is about Dulcie O'Neil, a kick ass fairy Regulator who keeps the creatures of the Netherworld in check. When a warlock is murdered, followed by a spring of other murders to her Netherworld creatures, Dulcie quickly finds herself in the middle of an investigation that rocks her world. Nothing what it seems, No one is who she thinks they are, and all she thought she knew is proving to be wrong. This book has it all! Mystery, romance, danger, betrayal, action, powers, along with twists and turns that will have your racing through the pages to uncover the truth. The intriguing storyline is accompanied by an array of characters that you will love. This includes a seductive vamp, a hot Netherworld investigator, a sadistic demon, a loyal witch, a dreamy elf...just to name a few. This is a definite must read and I'm sure it will quickly be one of your favorite UF series too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Vautour on Sep. 05, 2010 :
When you read the first couple of pages of a book and you're already hooked, you know you'll be in for a great adventure. That's how I felt while reading To Kill a Warlock. The book starts off pretty funny, and disgusting I must say. The main character and fairy, Dulcie is turned into a "walking phlegm pile" with four arms and needs the help of her friend Sam the witch to break the spell. A very clever way to entertain the reader from the beginning.


Dulcie has her hands full. Not only must she do her job as a Regulator (kind of like a cop for the paranormal world) and find out who's behind the murder of a warlock with the help of her new and sexy co-worker, she's also working on a paranormal romance novel. She's a lovable character with a few issues. She doesn't like her pointy ears (her ex-boyfriend called her Tinkerbell) and wishes to have a surgery performed on them. She also has a difficulty trusting people all because of that same guy. At least three guys (I think) have a thing for her but she won't go on any dates because of her past relationship. She's the type of character everyone can relate too. You can't help but like this fairy.


To Kill a Warlock is a well-written and light-hearted book. I never wanted it to end. HP Mallory has created a fun and wonderful world with a variety of paranormal creatures. I was somewhat surprised by the ending and some questions were left unanswered. I definitely can't wait to read book #2 in this series. :D
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Escape Between The Pages on Sep. 02, 2010 : (no rating)
Dulcie was a faery with trust issues. You know the story...woman loves man, man screws other women. Since her break-up, she hadn't moved on, hated her Spock-like ears, desired to be an author, and was determined to be the best Regulator she could be. What is a regulator you ask? Think paranormal cop working for the ANC (Association of Netherworld Creatures) - cops who policed creatures living among the humans.

To Kill A Warlock opened with Dulcie being spelled with a gross booger spell. Yes...the green stuff. While Sam, her BFF and witch extraordinaire tried to reverse the spell, Dulcie informed her, that she was trying to take down Fabian. The little cretin was dealing with illegal potions. But, she got distracted by a strange man. Sam was instantly intrigued, especially since, she had been trying to get Dulcie to date. But, Dulcie confessed that the distraction was because she couldn't tell what the stranger was. Something that should have been impossible to her faery blood. That was when the little bastard Fabian took advantage and spelled her. She contemplated her revenge.

But, Fabian turned up dead and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive. In order to prove her innocence, she must secretly work with sexy detective from the Netherworld, Knightly "Knight" Vandar, question Bram, a sexy vampire, who seemed to be infatuated with her, and S&M demon and all around creep, Dagan. Not to mention, she had to keep her mission a secret from the boss she had been secretly crushing on, protect Trey, a hobgoblin and co-worker, and find the real murderer.

I have to tell you, I absolutely loved Dulcie's character. She was likable, engaging, and easy to relate to. I loved her inability to trust. I know a weird thing to find appealing, but I did. We have all had moments, when trust was the flame of suspicion. But, the phrase, "letting your imagination run wild" must have had Dulcie in mind. Because, it was so easy to live vicariously through her, I often found my mind merging with her thoughts...and it was taking me on some trippy conclusions. When reality was forced and the truths revealed, Dulcie was embarrased and I was left giggling, at how easy it was for me, to believe in her crazy theories. In fact, it was fantastic!!! You know, you have had one of those moments, where you do something embarrassing, but instead of being humilated, you are laughing, because it was too damn funny? That is what happened to me a couple times throughout this book. The supporting characters were also done well. While the author didn't delve too deep into the characters backgrounds, she made them quirky and likable enough, to keep them interesting and engaging.

The story was cleverly written. While the plot was about solving a murder, I couldn't help but think, the underlining theme was about trust. There was alot of romantic potential, with a gorgeous detective, a handsome elf, and a sexy vampire, all vying for her affections, it was a good thing, she had her witchy BFF to turn to.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a light-hearted, fun, and very engaging read. With flawed characters and red-herrings, To Kill A Warlock sucked me in, played with my mind, tickled my funny bone, and left me craving for more.....alot more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauralynn Elliott on Aug. 20, 2010 :
Another great book from H.P. Mallory. This book kept me entertained all the way through. I found myself reading it constantly, even when I was brushing my teeth! This is one I really enjoyed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: LISA on July 17, 2010 :
I will certainly watch out for more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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