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 30 days after purchase)