Marla de Paradis was a suspect in the murder investigations of her fiancé, Dr Barnaby Wilson, in Sinners and Saints (Case #19 of Mysteries of the Past), prostitute Gladys Perrin in Death Is a Cabaret (Case #23 of Mysteries of the Past), and Mayor Cornelius Castletown in Arrow of Injustice (Case #54 of Mysteries of the Past), as well as appearing as a quasi-suspect in three more cases.
Marla is a 28-year-old cabaret dancer. She has long styled black hair with red streaks and a scar on the right side of her neck. She wears red nail polish, eyeshadow, and Summer Sangria blush. She dons a gray and black corset lined with red and lilac flowers with red ribbons and a gray veil.
In her first suspect appearance, it is known that Marla knows how to fight, uses hair powder and drinks Connemara whiskey.
In her second suspect appearance, it is discovered that she knows anatomy, saw Phantom of the Cabaret and drinks coffee.
In her second quasi-suspect appearance, she dons a black and red gown with a red patterned collar and matching cuffs.
In her third suspect appearance, it is revealed that she is a marksman, plays golf and eats pork ribs.
In her third quasi-suspect appearance, her scar has healed. She also dons a pale yellow jacket with a salmon flower pattern over a salmon vest with gold buttons and a white shirt with an olive green bow. Additionally, she wears pearl earrings and a pale yellow hat adorned with a brown strip, a red and white rose, and green, white and blue feathers.
Events of Criminal Case
Marla became a suspect after the player and Maddie found a message she sent to the victim on a garter box. She immediately took the garter when they approached her, saying it was for her fiancé's eyes only. When informed of Barnaby's murder, she started crying heavily.
Marla was spoken to again about the victim's will, which would leave all his worldly possessions to her. Though she was happy about it, she felt the victim spent his money freely to the point where there likely would not be much left for her to have anyway. But she was not frustrated with it, considering that his generosity meant he could get her whatever she wanted, such as Connemara whiskey and so on.
Marla was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Kev O'Connell for Barnaby's murder. She was later spoken to again about a hip flask she received from the Irish gang. Marla explained it was given to her by the cabaret boss, Finley Flanagan, otherwise known as Mad Dog. Though Isaac questioned why she would work for him, she explained the gang owned all the brothels and cabarets in Sinner's End. While Finley ran the brothels and cabarets, his sister Fiona Flanagan, otherwise known as The Viper, ran the alcohol racket.
Marla became a suspect again after a weaponized fan belonging to her was found at the crime scene. Given the recent spree of murders, she felt that she couldn't be blamed for carrying it around for protection. She didn't know Gladys that well as she was a new hire at the Moulin Rose, where all the prostitutes went for work after Madam Xiang's brothel shut down. And since Gladys was murdered in the cabaret, it looked like whatever was after the prostitutes followed them there.
Marla was spoken to again regarding her blush found on a medical diagram. She had torn the page from one of her late fiancé's medical books as a keepsake when his family came to collect his belongings. She felt that she had a chance at a better future with him when he was alive, but was now stuck among the prostitutes, where Gladys was living proof of that no one could avoid the filth there for long.
After arresting Fiona's killer, Marla requested to see the player, and Isaac decided to accompany the player in helping her. She explained that the Court ruled in her favor in the matter of her late fiance's inheritance, and she decided to use that money to buy the Moulin Rose and give the prostitutes a better life as dancers. However, she needed help in finding the cabaret's key, so Isaac and the player decided to look for it.
They did eventually find it amongst Fiona's belongings, but the end of the key was broken off. With some help from Diego del Lobo, they managed to fix the key and hand it over to Marla. She thanked them, hoping to one day turn Sinner's End into a place full of glamour and joy. Isaac also expressed his admiration to Marla, and she appreciated it and hoped they would meet again.
After arresting Edgar Woe's killer, Isaac told the player that after several weeks of corresponding with Marla, she had agreed to go on a date with him. However, he required to wear a costume for the vampire ball Marla wished to. Overhearing the conversation, Diego, along with the player helped Isaac get a costume for the date, finding a vampire cloak in Count Blutsauger's mansion for Isaac to wear. Later, Marla came to the airship, asking Isaac to dance in the ball with her despite Isaac's reluctance.
Marla became a suspect again after the player and Isaac found her business card at the Starlight Cafe, where Cornelius' killer shot him from. She confirmed she was there earlier for breakfast, as she usually does after a heavy night of entertaining. But was shocked to hear of the Mayor's murder, but unfortunately she did not see anything or anyone suspicious while she was there.
Marla was spoken to again regarding payments she received from the victim. She swore to Isaac it meant nothing, and that it was all professional as the Mayor just wanted some company and Marla needed money. Though Isaac hoped it did not mean what he thought it meant, Marla confirmed she and Cornelius were intimate, much to Isaac's dismay.
In the end, Marla was found to be innocent after the team incarcerated Eleanor Halsted for Cornelius' murder.
After Adelia Baldwin was arrested for the murder of Albertina Thenard, Isaac and the player retrieved the papers of Albertina's child servant Colette and Adelia's son Paris so they could find them a proper home. Evie matched their adoption profiles to Marla. According to Evie, Marla spent the six months where Mayor Lawson was in power turning her life around, donating to charity and helping the kids in Sinner's End.
When Isaac and the player talked to her, Marla said that she missed Isaac but understood why he needed distance from her. She then gladly accepted the responsibility of adopting Colette and Paris, saying that she always wanted to be a mother despite an illness rendering her infertile. She also told Isaac that her door was always open to him.
- Marla is one of the characters to appear as a suspect in three cases.
- Marla is one of the characters to appear as a quasi-suspect thrice.
- Marla is one of the characters to physically appear in three districts in Mysteries of the Past.
- While unconfirmed, it is highly speculated that Marla is Ava de Paradis' ancestor due to their same last name, similar appearances and professions.
- Sinners and Saints (Case #19 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Death Is a Cabaret (Case #23 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Slayer's End (Case #24 of Mysteries of the Past)
- How the East Was Won (Case #30 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Graveyard Shift (Case #44 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Turn for the Worse (Case #46 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- The Swan Song (Case #50 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Arrow of Injustice (Case #54 of Mysteries of the Past)
- One Dead More (Case #57 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Inglorious Justice (Case #58 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Last Stand for Justice (Case #60 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Referring to the Mysteries of the Past era.