Review: To Kill a Warlock by HP Mallory

Posted 20 June, 2011 by Amanda / 6 Comments

To Kill a Warlock by HP Mallory (Dulcie O’Neil, #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Finished Reading: 5/29/2011

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Book Order:

1) To Kill a Warlock
2) A Tale of Two Goblins

Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts

I’ve been missing Jolie and the rest of the gang from HP Mallory’s other series, so I decided to drown my sorrows in this series.  Turns out, it wasn’t such a bad decision.  Dulcie’s world is very similar to Jolie’s, but there were also enough different elements in this book to make it feel unique from the Jolie Wilkins series, which I really appreciated.  And since there’s more of a law enforcement thread in this series, it really appeals to my love of crime novels.  I recently bought the second book in this series, and will be starting it as soon as I can find the time.


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. Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator-a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

My Thoughts on Book 1

Dulcie is one tough fairy, with a secret desire to become a published writer, but she strikes me as someone who is tough to hide her vulnerability.  These are my favorite kinds of characters.  I enjoyed the rest of the cast, too.  I even like that Knight Vander remains somewhat of a mystery, even after he and Dulcie team up.  There is only light romance in this book, and while I often find myself wanting more romance, I think the amount of romance in this book works well, especially considering that this is the start of a series.  The only thing I disliked about Dulcie is that she drives a yellow vehicle.  I’m not a fan of yellow vehicles.

The mystery itself was a standard one, in terms of straight mystery, but the added element of paranormal creatures made it more entertaining.  Considering HP Mallory’s two series are so different from each other, yet still stay true to her writing style, says a lot about the strength of her writing abilities.  It is easy to stick to a formula, but I do not think this is the case at all here.

I was sucked into this book quite easily, and only put it down because I could no longer keep my eyes open.  I did not even really think to figure out who might be behind it all, and for me to not do this means that I was utterly engrossed in the book, and unable to pull myself back; I was along for the ride.  For me, this equals a successful book.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

If you already like HP Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series, you’ll like this one.  And if you’re looking for a light-hearted urban fantasy, this book would probably be worth your while.


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6 Responses to “Review: To Kill a Warlock by HP Mallory”

  1. Felicia

    I felt the same way–not quite as good as the Jolie series but still a ton of fun, good characters, and a nice read :)

    Great Review!

    • I think this series is a little more light-hearted than the Jolie series, and so it just didn’t settle in the way that the Jolie series did.

      Thanks. :)

  2. I have no idea why I loved the Jolie books so much but haven’t bothered to pick up this book. I love Mallory’s writing and I think she does great things with her paranormal elements.

    Good to hear you got sucked in easily.

    P.S. I like yellow cars. LOL

    • Hmm. I actually read the first page of this book first, put it down, then read the Jolie series instead.

      Gasp. Missie! Yellow cars?! No…