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Book: ‘The Colours of Death’ by Patricia Marques – Editor’s Note

In an alternative present-day Lisbon, a small percentage of the population have been diagnosed as Gifted – having telepathic or telekinetic powers. Along with the power comes a stigma and suspicion that Gifted Inspector Isabel Reis with the Lisbon Police Force knows only too well.

When Isabel is called to investigate a mysterious and violent death which hints at Gifted involvement, she knows it’s more than just her personal reputation on the line. In a society where Gifted individuals are already viewed with mistrust; Isabel is hiding her own secret and knows she has to tread carefully as a conspiracy emerges and the body count rises.


“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

“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

 About the Author

Patricia Marques was born in Portugal but moved to England when she was eight. She holds a MA in Creative Writing from City University and a BA in Creative Writing from Roehampton. She lives in London and The Colours of Death is her first novel.

Book details

  • Author: Patricia Marques
  • Title: The Coulors of Death: A gripping crime novel set in the heart of Lisbon
  • Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
  • Date of Publication: June 17, 2021
  • Genre: Mystery/Thriller
  • Language‏: ‎English
  • Hardcover: 384 pp


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