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Broken Oaths

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23rd May 2024

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399707268

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‘Beautifully told, with great verve, this is sharp, taut story-telling’ Daily Mail

The brilliant third novel from the acclaimed author of THE COLOURS OF DEATH.

During a remote meeting, a Portuguese official watches from Lisbon as his colleague, Emanuel Francisco, a diplomat based in London’s Portuguese embassy, dies of what looks to be a heart attack. When no one comes into the room to Francisco’s aid, he tries frantically to contact the consulate to get immediate help.

No one picks up.

When local police finally arrive hours later, they walk into a disturbingly silent and horrific scene. Everyone inside the building is dead.

Inspector Isabel Reis, a Gifted Inspector with Portugal’s PolÍcia Judiciária, has developed a reputation for closing sensitive cases involving powerful people. When the gravity of what has happened in London is revealed, she’s called up to assist the Met’s CID in the investigation.

Two things quickly become very clear: this was a mass killing, and only one person escaped. The person the embassy was secretly protecting within its walls.

Now Isabel must quiet her turbulent mind and come face to face with a killer more ruthless than she has ever seen before . . . The answers lie with the sole survivor.


Praise for the Inspector Reis series
Val McDermid
Breathtakingly original, and a captivating sense of place
Claire McGowan, bestselling author of The Push
A brilliantly inventive and twisty tale
Mari Hannah, multi-award winning author of Without a Trace
A distinctive, intriguing, immersive debut
Helen Fields, bestselling author of The Shadow Man
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
Nadine Matheson, author of The Jigsaw Man
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
David Jackson, bestselling author of The Resident
An amazing genre-bending debut
Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Bones of You
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
Philippa East, author of Safe and Sound
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
Daily Mail
Compelling and original, this glints with freshness
A good detective story . . . intriguing
SFX Magazine
Crime fiction with a twist -
Praise for Broken Oaths
Steven Powell, author of Love Me Fierce in Danger: The Life of James Ellroy
A brilliant read and a stunning addition to the Isabel Reis series . . . Patricia Marques is an author with a gift
Nadine Matheson, author of The Kill List
An original clever, inventive and suspenseful thriller. I loved being back in Inspector Reis's world
Philippa East, author of Little White Lies
Broken Oaths is a mesmerising and propulsive speculative crime thriller, which had me gripped from the start and all the way to its heart-pounding conclusion. Assured writing, engaging characters and a brilliant speculative concept, the Inspector Isabel Reis series continues to be a fantastic contribution to the contemporary crime genre
Daily Mail
Beautifully told, with great verve, this is sharp, taut story-telling