To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory is the first book in her Dulcie O’Neil series which I got for free on AmazonKindle. A fun light read, Mallory tells the story of a fairy, Dulcie, who finds herself in the middle of an investigation that puts her life in danger.
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.
H.P. Mallory writes fun quirky characters and Dulcie is no exception. I enjoy urban fantasy so any decently written story that has fun characters is a page turner for me. There were some aspects that I found a little disjointed. Mainly when Dulcie finds herself with some extra time on her hands she writes a book. The meta-ness of the story didn’t really work all that well. But the characters were interesting and the mystery was well paced and engaging.
The men in the story were a bit underdeveloped, which tends to happen when there are supposed to be more books in the series. While I can understand that Vander is a mystery because he is undercover and Dulcie doesn’t know him well, I was expecting more development of character when it came to Dulcie’s boss. Despite some character underdevelopment I see potential in the series and really quite enjoyed the story overall. I liked the hints about the Netherworld (perhaps this plays more into the series later and I want to continue reading about Dulcie to see if she goes there) and Dulcie’s questioning whether she wants to keep her fairy ears. While the mystery was fairly urban fantasy formulaic it merely provides the medium to the actual story which is about relationships and quirky characters.
If you enjoy fun urban fantasy reads with quirky characters and an interesting otherworldly bent check out To Kill A Warlock.