Death in Paradise

Melodies of Murder

Series 7 - Episode 8 Melodies of Murder

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Review

A reggae concert in Honoré – local band Leon and the Ragers have re-formed after 30 years. Jack enjoys the gig so much he compares it to the Pink Floyd reunion, which counts as high praise. Backstage, the musicians prepare to celebrate their triumph, though guitarist Billy seems oddly subdued…

Don’t worry if you’re distracted at this point by the fact Billy is played by Levi Roots, once a reggae star himself and now better known for his range of sauces: Billy will soon be found dead, taking the whole post-gig buzz down a notch or two. Also, there’s a connection to a cold case the Commissioner never managed to solve, which suggests Jack and co have a double murder on their hands.

It’s a typically slick, breezy finale to series seven, with a rogue element in the form of Dwayne’s dad Nelson (Ram John Holder – once Porkpie in Desmond’s). He’s back on the island, and Dwayne’s not happy about it.

Summary

A popular reggae band reunite after 30 years to perform on Saint Marie, but the joyous occasion is blighted when guitarist Billy Springer is found dead in his dressing room afterwards. With a gun in his hand and the door locked from the inside, all evidence points toward suicide - but when the Commissioner reveals he received a message from the victim earlier in the day, the case becomes rather more complicated. Meanwhile, Dwayne struggles to come to terms with his dad's surprise visit. Is it too late for them to make amends? With guest appearances by Ram John Holder, Suzanne Packer, Delroy Brown and Levi Roots.

Cast & Crew

DI Jack Mooney Ardal O'Hanlon
Officer Dwayne Myers Danny John-Jules
DS Florence Cassell Josephine Jobert
Officer JP Hooper Tobi Bakare
Delmar Brown Delroy Brown
Leon Laroche Clint Dyer
Nelson Myers Ram John Holder
Kai Springer Akemnji Ndifornyen
Maia Oprey Suzanne Packer
Billy Springer Levi Roots
Catherine Bordey Elizabeth Bourgine
Commissioner Selwyn Patterson Don Warrington
Director Sarah Walker
Producer Sue Howells
Writer Will Fisher
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