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The Colours of Death: A gripping crime novel set in the heart of Lisbon Paperback – 11 January 2022

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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 Nicolás Obregón, author of Unknown Male

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

A distinctive, intriguing, immersive debut Mari Hannah, multi-award winning author of Without a Trace

Marques sets Lisbon alight with this beautifully drawn thriller. Gifted detective Isabel Reis is everything we want from our protagonists - original and compelling, unique and fascinating. A story that'll leave you red-eyed and sleep deprived, The Colours of Death is a bold, compelling police drama a step beyond the ordinary with writing to match ― Helen Fields, bestselling author of The Shadow Man

The Colours of Death is that rarest of things, a completely original crime novel. It's also a bit brilliant, and I as much inhaled it as read it ― W. C. Ryan, author of A House of Ghost

Stigma and paranoia loom large in Marques's beautifully realised alternate Lisbon. Isabel's predicament is an intriguing, and paradoxical one - it's isolating to hear the thoughts of everyone around you. A vivid, fast-moving mystery Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel

The Colours of Death is a wonderful, intriguing and original speculative thriller by a sensational debut author. Visit a Lisbon filled with danger, death, and delicious food. You won't regret it ― Alexandra Benedict, author of Braided Hearts

Patricia Marques debut takes the classic crime novel and the evocative setting of Lisbon, and utterly transforms both with a fascinating speculative twist. Pacy, immersive and brain-shiveringly clever. A brilliantly original crime story Philippa East, author of Safe and Sound

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

A brilliant read. The premise and characters are intriguing, the story completely compelling - I couldn't put it down - and I loved the beautifully depicted setting of Lisbon ― Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Bones of You

Breathtakingly original, and a captivating sense of place ― Val McDermid

Compelling and original, this glints with freshness ― Daily Mail

A good detective story . . . intriguing Guardian

Crime fiction with a twistSFX Magazine

A very confident, original debut novel . . . One of the best debut novels that I've read this year and Patricia Marques is a writer to watch Shots Mag

This is a novel that will have purists tutting. Until they start reading and allow themselves to be seduced by its setting, characters and deft handling of the underlying idea. Then, like me, they'll be fascinated Express

A tantalising spin on crime, with a dash of fantasy ― Peterborough Telegraph

Pacy, gripping, and a fresh as hell blast across the bows of police procedurals ― Adam Simcox, author of The Dying Squad

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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder Paperbacks; 1st edition (11 January 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529336708
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529336702
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 3.6 x 19.6 cm
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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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