The BEST Episodes of Death in Paradise

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Network: BBC One

A light-hearted comedy drama about a series of British Detective Inspectors transferred to the small Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie. The DI investigates intriguing murders with the local police team while trying to adapt to the Caribbean way of life.

A Dash of Sunshine

#1 - A Dash of Sunshine

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2013

Richard investigates the death of June, who was strangled in her rented villa. The main suspects are Doug (June's husband and an old colleague of Richard's from the UK), Janice (June's sister, who is the sole beneficiary of June's will) and cleaner Estelle. Richard learns Estelle is trying to sell June's stolen jewellery, but she has no real motive to kill June. When Janice recalls seeing one of the villa's owners leaving the crime scene, Richard begins to question whether June's murder is linked to a historical case back in the UK.

star 8.22
551 votes
Flames of Love

#2 - Flames of Love

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2016

A tourist, Sian Evans, is found dead in her locked bathroom. All evidence points to Sian committing suicide, but Humphrey is reluctant to believe she was not murdered. His suspicions are soon confirmed when he learns that all of the suspects had various motives. At the same time, it is the day of JP's wedding, but he questions whether he can go through with the event or not.

star 8.16
494 votes
Directors: Richard Signy
Writers: Matthew Barry
A Murder on the Plantation

#3 - A Murder on the Plantation

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 2013

Richard investigates the death of sugar plantation owner Roger Seymour when he is found dead with a machete in his back. Richard learns that the sugar plantation was once a major company, but fell apart when mistreatment of the workers led to them walking out. With the Seymour family all against each other, Richard knows one of them was the killer. However, with the family members having solid alibis and being in sight of each other at the time of Roger's murder, Richard seeks an alternative explanation to identify the killer.

star 8.05
548 votes
Directors: Keith Boak
Writers: Delinda Jacobs
The Blood Red Sea

#4 - The Blood Red Sea

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2016

Just hours after an argument with rival treasure hunter Newton Farrell, Tosh Walker is murdered on Newton's boat; his corpse then thrown in the sea. Newton is the prime suspect: the murder weapon is his and Tosh phoned his wife just moments before he died. However, Newton was seen at a drinking bar when Tosh died, puzzling Humphrey and his team, who cannot understand why Newton was set up, particularly by the victim.

star 8.05
491 votes
Directors: Richard Signy
Writers: Will Fisher
A Stormy Occurrence

#5 - A Stormy Occurrence

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2013

Saint Marie prepares for a hurricane. Researcher Leo Downs is found dead and the scene is staged to look like the result of a hurricane. Richard works with his team to solve Leo's death and learns that Leo's colleagues saw him as a sycophant. He also learns that Damon had a motive to kill Leo, as Leo was in love with Amber, who was Damon's ex. Despite this, every suspect has an alibi. Additional evidence is discovered when Skype messages found between Leo and his mother reveal that Leo had major plans for his next research project.

star 8.04
500 votes
Amongst Us

#6 - Amongst Us

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 13, 2011

Dwayne delights in showing off Nadia, a new lady he meets while on a night out. However, his happiness is quickly cut short when Nadia is found murdered in her bed the following morning, with coins shoved in her mouth, and the house ransacked. Richard discovers that Nadia, who was actually called Rose, was an informant about to expose a money laundering scandal. The team struggle to find evidence to catch Rose's murderer, until Richard looks more in depth at the evidence he is already aware of.

star 8.03
724 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Robert Thorogood
A Personal Murder

#7 - A Personal Murder

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2016

Dwayne receives a text from his dead friend, Cedrik, claiming he was murdered, just minutes after giving a speech at his funeral. The coroner had recorded Cedrik's death as natural, but further analysis of the body reveals Cedrik was actually smothered. With a limited number of suspects, Humphrey questions them all individually, but learns they were all playing cards on the night of Cedrik's death. Then, when Humphrey talks with an elderly friend of Cedrik's, he learns of an occurrence 45 years ago, providing a motive for murder.

star 8.03
542 votes
Directors: Audrey Cooke
Writers: Emma Goodwin
A Deadly Party

#8 - A Deadly Party

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2013

Philanthropist Malcolm Powell is shot dead at a charity fundraiser event. Malcolm's secretary, Vicky, claims that a man called Jack Roberts murdered Malcolm, but Jack Roberts is nowhere to be found. Richard learns that Malcolm fled to Saint Marie from the UK when he defrauded investors in his company and suspects he was blackmailed in the build up to his death. Fidel passes his sergeant exams and the team celebrate.

star 8.00
513 votes
A Deadly Curse

#9 - A Deadly Curse

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2013

A team of explorers visit Saint Marie in search of treasure, until the group's leader Daniel Morgan is injured in an explosion and team member Ian Parks is shot dead. Richard believes that Daniel was the intended target and Ian died accidentally, but then when Daniel is involved in another freak accident, Richard questions whether Daniel is the murderer, causing the accidents himself to seem as though he is being set-up. After asking Dwayne to bring him from the cells for questioning, they uncover a new obstacle; he has died overnight in the cells himself.

star 7.99
543 votes
An Unholy Death

#10 - An Unholy Death

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2013

Teenager Sister Therese dies in a fire at her room in the local Convent. It is believed that she died accidentally, when a cigarette set fire to her room, and the room was locked from the inside. However, when Richard finds a threatening note sent to Therese before she died, he believes that Therese discovered something she should not have, and had to die as a result of her discovery. Meanwhile, a family secret of Therese's is discovered, prompting an attack on one of the sisters at the church.

star 7.99
634 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Robert Thorogood
Murder Begins at Home

#11 - Murder Begins at Home

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 28, 2019

A horse-trekking expedition is cut short when Jack discovers the dead body of a rider in the most unexpected of places: the police station itself.

star 7.99
251 votes
Directors: Richard Signy
Writers: James Hall
Man Overboard – Part Two

#12 - Man Overboard – Part Two

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2017

While Humphrey investigates Frank's murder in the UK, in Saint Marie JP and Selwyn learn that Tom was smuggling rum. A memory card found by the pair reveals that Steve Thomas is Tom's son. Humphrey questions Steve, who is now the prime suspect in the murder investigation, but he then learns that two other suspects were determined to prevent Frank from signing an investment deal. Humphrey manages to eliminate Steve from the investigation, and when he uncovers a hidden family link, he solves the case with Jack. After solving the mystery, Humphrey decides he is happier back living in London with Martha. Jack agrees to fly out to Saint Marie for a holiday with his daughter to replace Humphrey for a few weeks.

star 7.99
659 votes
The Complex Murder

#13 - The Complex Murder

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2016

Humphrey buys a new boat for himself on the island while at the same time, a millionaire philanthropist is murdered on his yacht, while all the members of the group on his yacht are in the sea, and in sight of each other. Next to the victim is a toy soldier, which baffles Humphrey. As the investigation gets underway, Humphrey and the team learn the philanthropist had run-ins with all of the suspects.

star 7.97
599 votes
Directors: Edward Bennett
Writers: Robert Thorogood
Murder from Above

#14 - Murder from Above

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2018

Diane Smith falls to her death from her hotel balcony on the day of her wedding to billionaire Philip Marston. Jack is convinced Diane was murdered, going by the single fingernail she painted before she fell from the balcony, and questions Philip's two daughters, who both had a strong dislike towards Diane. The hotel manager also proves to be uncooperative in the case when Jack asks for more information on which rooms the guests were staying in for the duration of the wedding, which proves vital in helping Jack solve the mystery. Florence injures herself when catching a suspect, putting her out of work.

star 7.94
455 votes
Death in the Clinic

#15 - Death in the Clinic

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2013

The death of Valerie Dupree at a plastic surgery clinic leaves Richard and the team baffled, as it would appear that Valerie killed herself. Dr Jones reveals that Valerie was suicidal, but Richard is convinced that Valerie was actually murdered - her cup of tea suspected to be poisoned. However, as the results come back negative, Richard finds it difficult to find the means. Suspect Jayne believes that Valerie was having an affair with Paul, but Dr Jones reveals she was having an affair with Paul, providing them both with alibis. Richard then learns that the clinic itself was an illegal operation, providing criminals with new identities.

star 7.94
524 votes
Directors: David O'Neill
Writers: Dan Sefton
Melodies of Murder

#16 - Melodies of Murder

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 22, 2018

When Billy Springer, the lead guitarist of a popular Saint Marie reggae band is murdered in his dressing room following a concert, Jack must solve a double murder, including a case that has haunted the Commissioner for 30 years. Meanwhile, Nelson Myers joins his son, Dwayne, and makes himself at home in the Caribbean.

star 7.93
366 votes
Predicting Murder

#17 - Predicting Murder

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 8, 2011

Richard is inclined to believe the death of a voodoo priestess is murder when she dies in the island's local school just hours after predicting her own death. Richard learns of an affair that took place years earlier in the school leading to the disappearance of a woman, and believes that the victim has a connection to the missing woman. He turns his attention to Nicholas, the prime suspect and Fidel's old principal, who was involved in the disappearance of the woman, but Nicholas has an alibi, leading Richard to question whether he is being set up or not.

star 7.93
901 votes
Directors: Charles Palmer
Writers: Robert Thorogood
Beyond the Shining Sea (2)

#18 - Beyond the Shining Sea (2)

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2019

In the conclusion of a two-part episode, Jack and his team face the toughest challenge of their lives when tragedy strikes close to home.

star 7.92
252 votes
Directors: Jermain Julien
Writers: Roger Enstone
Stumped in Murder

#19 - Stumped in Murder

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 26, 2017

The president and star player of Saint Marie's cricket club is found shot dead on the pitch after a night out. The team's captain, Gus, is initially suspected of the murder, until Humphrey learns that the president's son, Torey, argued with his father on the night of his murder. The team then also learn that the victim was being blackmailed, and that the victim's wife benefitted greatly from his death.

star 7.91
637 votes
Written in Murder

#20 - Written in Murder

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 18, 2018

After he goes swimming alone one morning, author Frank O'Toole's body is pulled from the sea with a knife through his heart. Prior to his death, Frank argued with his agent, Larry, over his potential switch to another agent, as Frank's books were failing to sell under Larry's agency. The number one suspect is the invisible Otis Falconer, who Jack and the team try to track down, but find an almost non-existent record on him. Jack and the team realise that the murderer used a boat which was hired under a false identity in order to kill Frank. Elsewhere, Dwayne meets a potential new love interest.

star 7.91
440 votes
The Impossible Murder

#21 - The Impossible Murder

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2017

Humphrey takes Martha on a romantic weekend to a hotel, but their time spent together is limited when the hotel's manager is murdered. Humphrey cannot understand how the murder was successfully carried out when the only access to the victim's room was via a staircase, which Humphrey had his eyes on the whole time. Humphrey suspects Irie Johnson, the hotel receptionist, may have played a role in the murder when the victim learned that Irie was masterminding a credit card scam. However, a chance discovery by Dwayne helps the team realise the true identity of the murderer.

star 7.91
628 votes
Spot the Difference

#22 - Spot the Difference

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 22, 2011

Richard is embarrassed when a prisoner is stabbed in the back whilst handcuffed to him. Realising that his career may be over if he is unable to uncover who the murderer is, Richard looks into the prisoner's criminal history and learns he was a fraudster. With many of the suspects wanting the prisoner dead, Richard turns his attentions to the widow of the victim, convinced she knows more than she claims she does. The breakthrough clue in the case is the unexpected death of Anne Hamilton, exposing who the original murderer is.

star 7.91
770 votes
Directors: Alfred Lot
Writers: Harry Holmes
Dark Memories

#23 - Dark Memories

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 15, 2018

JP's old school friend, Cordell Thomas, confesses to the murder of Eugene Jones. Jack is unconvinced that Cordell killed Eugene based on the peanut that Eugene was clenching in his fist when he died. Jack and the team then find stolen belongings of former convict Charlie Blake at Eugene's house, while also learning that Eugene's sister had issues with Eugene prior to his death. Elsewhere, Dwayne celebrates his birthday with his girlfriend, Darlene, and his father, Nelson, who pays him a visit. Note: This episode was dedicated to guest star Larrington Walker who died before his role was completed.

star 7.91
391 votes
Lost Identity

#24 - Lost Identity

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2016

Whilst Humphrey's aunt Mary is visiting him on the island, she witnesses businessman John Green fall to his death from a balcony. John was new to Saint Marie and did not know anyone, although it soon turns out that John Green is a fake identity, with the victim actually under witness protection on the island six years earlier. When Mary provides Humphrey with some information she manages to remember, Humphrey solves the case.

star 7.90
519 votes
Directors: Roger Simonsz
Writers: Robert Thorogood
Music of Murder

#25 - Music of Murder

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 6, 2011

Dwayne takes the team to the concert of a reformed rock band, but the lead singer is shot dead and found on the stage inside a coffin prop just minutes before the planned performance. With all the suspects having an alibi, Camille, Dwayne and Fidel begin to believe that it was suicide, but Richard is not convinced. Richard uses the photographs of the photographer at the concert, and identifies one of the alibis as being improvised.

star 7.90
692 votes
Directors: Paul Harrison
Writers: Jack Lothian