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The Colours of Death: A gripping crime novel set in the heart of Lisbon

Marques Patricia

4 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense

The first a speculative detective series set in Lisbon

'Breathtakingly original, and a captivating sense of place' Val McDermid, bestselling author of Still Life

'Compelling and original, this glints with freshness' Daily Mail

'A brilliantly inventive and twisty tale' Claire McGowan, bestselling author of The Push

'A good detective story . . . intriguing' Guardian

'A distinctive, intriguing, immersive debut' Mari Hannah, multi-award winning author of Without a Trace
The Murder
In the Gare do Oriente, a body sits, slumped, in a stationary train. A high-profile man appears to have died by throwing himself repeatedly against the glass. But according to witnesses, he may not have done this of his own accord.

The City
Lisbon 2021. A small percentage of the population are diagnosed as Gifted. Along with the power comes stigma and suspicion.

The Detective
In a prejudiced city, Gifted Inspector Isabel Reis is hiding her own secrets while putting her life on the line to stop an ingenious killer.

A violent and mysterious crime. Suspected Gifted involvement. A city baying for blood. And a killer who has only just begun . . .
'A bold, compelling police drama a step beyond the ordinary with writing to match' Helen Fields, bestselling author of The Shadow Man

'This is crime fiction with a twist . . . This was a gripping and highly invented thrill ride. I can't wait for more' Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man

'An amazing genre-bending debut' David Jackson, bestselling author of The Resident

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Praise for The Colours of Death: A gripping crime novel set in the heart of Lisbon

  • This is crime fiction with a twist. Detective Inspector Reis is in pursuit of a killer. Nothing new there, but the murders take place in an alternative Lisbon, Portugal where the population is split into gifted or non-gifted and Inspector Reis is registered as gifted due to her being a telepath. This was a gripping and highly invented thrill ride. I can't wait for more - Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man

  • Patricia Marques crafts a riveting mystery about power, privilege, and murder. Genuinely gripping, The Colours of Death has immense heart and an intriguing, fully realized world - Lori M. Lee, author of Forest of Souls

  • An absolute knockout - Nicolas Obregon, author of Unknown Male

  • An amazing genre-bending debut - David Jackson, bestselling author of The Resident

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Marques Patricia

Half-Angolan and half-Portuguese, Patricia was born in Portugal but moved to England when she was eight. As well as the MA in Creative Writing from City she holds a BA in Creative Writing from Roehampton. She lives in London and The Colours of Death is her first novel.

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