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