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To Kill A Warlock

(Dulcie O'Neil #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,476 ratings  ·  746 reviews
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 fr
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Published (first published July 3rd 2010)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
When this one was free, I decided to take a chance - glad I did. The cartoonish cover gives the impression it will be light and humorous - and it is - but it carries its weight of darkness and serious tomb. The world-building is varied with Fairies, demons, goblins, vampires, and a whole host of supernatural creatures and critters. Dulcie is a fairy who works as a detective of sorts called a "Regulator". She's tasked with hunting down a particularly vicious and ruthless killer who is leaving blo ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal chick-lit fans.
Quick Take:
This book is pure fun. The characters were perhaps the most enjoyable aspect, with protagonist Dulcie being the main draw. Intriguing but tempered world building whet my appetite enough to want to see what's to follow in the series.

One of the first things that struck me whilst reading this book was the general "vibe." The tone of this piece was very…comfortable, and the first-person narration had a light, conversational style. For a book that focuses primarily on supes and unnatural e
Dec 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read the whole thing, but that's not saying much since I have a compulsion to finish reading a book no matter how bad it is. This one is pretty bad. The story is nothing new and draws heavily from popular influence. The quirky, self-conscious heroine who is competent even while lacking confidence yet is lusted after by every male in a 10 mile radius is such a tired character it needs a nap. Preferably a long, dirt one.

The actual style of writing (some have called it "conversational") makes it
H.P. Mallory
Jul 13, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I'm still fairly new to the urban fantasy genre, and I am still avoiding paranormal romance (maybe I should make a post about that sometime) so when I received a review request from HP Mallory for her books, I was kind of hesitant to accept it. But I'm not really one to say no to free books, so I thought, why not?

I finally found the time to read To Kill a Warlock when we started moving a week ago. I figured after reading about zombies, I need to take a break from
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I found myself quite taken with Ms Mallory's writing style right from the offset. It's light, conversational in tone, funny. But please don't be fooled by that nor by the cartoon-like cover. This is not as fluffy, or 'paranormal-lite' as you might be expecting once you get into the meat of the story. It was actually surprisingly dark and sexy in places and had violent scenes, but those scenes were usually described off page rather than experienced first-hand. Mallory h ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
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This book is bad and it should feel bad.

The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't really give a crap about what happens at the end and gave up.

It's a shame, too. I started out really liking this book because the first chapter was so funny.

I didn't feel like I was reading about faeries and vampires and other paranormal creatures at all. There was nothing actually otherworldly about any of them and it as really disappointing.

Bram i
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it

Dulcie is a Fairy who works as a regulator monitoring creatures of the netherworld. Her world is one of demons, monsters, witches and warlocks. When a monster turns up on her patch, tearing people she knows to pieces, she finds herself hunting a creature that kills for fun.

Helping her is a mysterious regulator who might or might not be on her side.

To Kill a Warlock never quite clicks. There are some good moments in it but the good in this book doesn't add up to a good book.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
In this first of the Dulcie O'Neil series, Mallory has created a world populated with witches, warlocks, fairies, demons, vampires, werewolves, elves, hobgoblins, ogres, leprechauns, pixies, gremlins, loki and more who all "came out" into the public to the humans fifty years ago. Now a creature is killing illegal potions dealers in the city of Splendor, CA.

This is a humorous paranormal fantasy romance story filled with action and a betrayal which reminds me a little of MaryJanice Davidson's styl
Nitzan Schwarz

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You know those books that make you scratch your head at all the reviews and high ratings they have and wonder if you've read the same book? Perhaps someone trolled you and gave you a fake copy? Because there is no way all these people love this book if they read the same version you did? Yeah... this is one of those books.

When I got this book I was extremely excited - I had seen how highly rated Mallory's books came, and I was on an urban fantasy k
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Holy Hades, this book needs some serious editing!!

Protagonist Dulcie O’Neil works for an organization patrolling the paranormal players in an Unmasqued World (supernatural cop). She’s also a magical being herself, a fairy. I’ll start by saying the basic premise is solid; one with great potential that's been done effectively elsewhere with vampires (Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake) and witches (Kim Harrison’s Hollows). Unfortunately, the potential really doesn’t pan out here.

Here, I pause to in
So, I Read This Book Today
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I started to not even read this book. The Jolie books by Mallory are good, don't get me wrong, but Jolie comes across as an immature bubblehead who made me want to smack her upside the head and scream at her to get a grip! Turn off the vapid and, if you are going to have these powers and be endangered by them, it would be good to stop mooning over the guy and grow a backbone. . .

Dulcie, on the other hand, fights her own battles. She is strong, determined, and willing to take care o
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I attempted to finish this four times to no avail. DNF with three chapters left. I don’t know how to say this tactfully: Dulcie is an asshole. I couldn’t root for her.
Mad Scientist
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoy humor and PNR snogging
Recommended to Mad Scientist by: Black Disaster Fairy
By: H.P. Mallory
Series: Dulcie O'Neil #1
Publisher: Smashwords
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Rating: 4.5
Book Art: Gothic meets quirky cartoon. Cute.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Adult

Reason Why the Mad Scientist Picked Up This book:
This book was recommended to me by Black Disaster Fairy.

First Line: There was no way in hell I was looking in the mirror.

Concoction of a Review:

I grabbed my futuristic Nook, *oh* yes this contraption is highly recommended by me. If you ever find yourself instead a tim
Stephanie  G
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Dulcie O'Neil is a fairy that works as a Regulator. They are the policemen and women of the Netherworld. A warlock known for selling illegal potions has just been found murdered and Dulcie was the last one to see him alive. Dulcie is now on a mission to find out who the killer is before she ends up the next victim. Dulcie will not be alone on the investigation. Knightley Vander (awesome name right?) is a investigator sent from the Netherworld to track down the killer and work with Dulci
Heather Book Savvy Babe
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
To Kill a Warlock is book 1 in HP Mallory’s urban fantasy series, the Dulcie O’Neill Series. Dulcie is a fairy and a Regulator, a person who polices creatures from the Netherworld. Fairies are not very common in this book, so Dulcie is automatically special. On the side of her regulator job, Dulcie is an aspiring romance novelist. Her romance novels are based on characters in her life, and they provide an entertaining and amusing side story. I really loved Dulcie’s character, she is spunky, she ...more
Leanne Crabtree
3.5 stars.

This has been on my kindle since 2012 so I thought it was about time I got around to reading it, especially since I read Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble almost a year ago and I got them at the same time.

It took me a little getting into since I'm having a bit of an issue with paranormal books at the minute but once I got a third of the way in or so, I was pulled into the story bit by bit.

Me being me though, I was all for the romance aspects. Like Fire Burn... there were three love intere
To Kill a Warlock is about a fairy investigator with a paranormal investigative agency in California. In H.P. Mallory's world the creatures of myth and magic have been out of the proverbial closet for the last 50 years and are now integrating with humanity. I enjoyed the fact that the main character isn't your typical vamp/fae/witch/were that is seen in a number of current urban fantasy books but I found the character developement a little lacking.
The author introduces us to the main character
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Check out my review here:

This was my first book by H.P. Mallory. To Kill a Warlock is an easy to read Urban Fantasy. Dulcie, a Regulator or law enforcement for the Netherworlds is caught in the mystery of who is killing warlocks in her town. A Loki demon, Knight, has come to help Dulcie. She then finds herself having to choose between three men. Although definitely not YA there is no sex in this read, but you do get a bit of steam. I have to admit, althou
Belinda Boring
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The first sentence sucked me straight into the story and didn't spit me back out to the very end. 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, the ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kyoko M.
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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♫♥✿LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ (Chasity)
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:
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
First of all, I actually used to know someone named Dulcie and I always thought it was a strange and unusual name. I never really cared for it. Now, seeing a different character behind it, I am in love. Dulcie means “sweet” in Spanish and this character is just that. She’s sweet, but she’s also strong and independent and a little bit self-concious and you know she could be anyone you know. With maybe the exception of the pointed fairy ears.

The story opens with our favorite fairy in somewhat of a
Michelle (Scarborg)
This book got off to a very strong start: I liked the characters, I liked the premise. I even liked the creative similes Dulcie used in every third sentence... and then they got annoying and, worse, less apt. Tornadoes just don't loom; they barrel through like a freight train. Therefore saying that something was "looming over us like a tornado" just doesn't make any sense. We also had great examples of metaphor and simile in the same sentence: "I glared daggers at him and they slid off of him li ...more
Janey Burton
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Picked this up from a promotion for a quick fun read, and wasn't really looking to criticize. I was pretty sure while reading that it was the work of a basically talented, but inexperienced, and probably indie author. I thought 'bags of potential, but hiring someone like me could have done a lot to improve it in quite a short time'.... Turns out the author has written several successful books, trad-published. I can only assume the publisher isn't reading them anymore. Having discovered this, wha ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This one started off on such a promising note right from the opening scene with Dulcie and Sam trying to deal with a hilarious spell that was cast on Dulcie. And, the rest of the book had similar moments of humour. Lots of paranormal creatures, such as elves, demons, faeries and witches, plenty of magic and exciting action rounded out the good things in this book. I also enjoyed the light, conversational style of the narrative. It did have its darker moments as well, so i
Danielle Book Boss
3.75 stars... a nice addition to the paranormal fantasy world however I wouldn't classify it as romance. There is Dulcie who is obviously our h but I don't see a clear line on who the H is nor was there much intimacy occurring.

The GOOD: This book is well-written, entertaining, and light-hearted. Sometimes I feel like some books take themselves too serious. This one is not fluffy but it's not BDB dark either. I really enjoyed it.
Dulcie is a likable character but she gets my likable but annoying
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
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