The BEST Episodes of Death in Paradise
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 6, 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.
#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.
#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. Also, it is the day of J.P.'s wedding, but he questions whether he can go through with it or not.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - A Personal Murder
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2016
Soon after Dwayne speaks at his friend Cedrik's funeral, Dwayne receives a text from the dead man, claiming he was murdered. Humphrey dismisses the text as a prank from Cedrik, but agrees to investigate when Dwayne tells him how important Cedrik was to him.
#8 - Man Overboard – Part Two
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 9, 2017
While Humphrey investigates the UK side of the murders, back in Saint Marie JP and the Commissioner discover a hidden panel. Humphrey finds motives for all the suspects, but he and Jack are able to solve the case. Humphrey decides to visit Martha at her new restaurant, and both he and Dwayne make major decisions.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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. 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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, which has Humphrey stumped.
#22 - 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.
#23 - Murder in the Polls
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 23, 2017
The islanders on Saint Marie begin voting for their new mayor. Candidate Victor Pearce is murdered in one of the polling booths. The suspects include Victor's son and the rival candidates - one of whom is Catherine! Also, the Commissioner asks Jack if he'd like to stay on the island or return home.
#24 - Man Overboard – Part One
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 2, 2017
Tom Lewis is murdered on his boat, five miles out at sea. His boat-for-hire business partner Sophie and their current clients Lucy, Hema, and Rachel are all questioned. All the suspects alibi each other, but Lucy also tells Humphrey that she witnessed Tom make a secret phone call and place cash into a moneybag. Humphrey discovers a strange button on the boat, which ultimately leads the team far away from home.
#25 - One for the Road
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2016
Saint Marie's outgoing governor, Caroline Bamber, is poisoned after accepting a drink from Selwyn at her farewell party. As Humphrey checks Caroline's bag for any potential evidence, he finds an unsigned note warning Caroline of her own death. Also, Humphrey's continues his search for a girlfriend through dating websites.