Death in Paradise

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Frappe Death Day

Series 8 - Episode 4 Frappe Death Day

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Review

“Wonderful world, beautiful people”, sings Jimmy Cliff over the post-solving-the-case, having-a-beer scene tonight. But this drama likes to show the ugly people that also exist in Saint Marie, side by side with Cliff’s kind. It’s a feat to straddle the two worlds as deftly as Death in Paradise does – and no doubt this achievement is partly why it kills in the ratings.

In this episode, the dark side delivers a case involving one of those nest-of-vipers families where everyone bears a grudge. An arrogant coffee millionaire is shot by the pool of his villa after it emerges that he is selling the family plantation. Did his bitter sister (Anna Chancellor) do it, or his new, much younger wife? As Jack wrestles with the case and fixates on a missing bookmark, the newest member of his team, Ruby, spills a secret that could end her police career.

Summary

Benedict Dacre rules the roost at his coffee plantation, although all is not plain sailing - and soon after he breaks the news that he is selling up and it is time for his family to move on, he is shot dead. As DI Mooney and the team investigate, they soon have reason to suspect all the victim's relatives. But which one of them had enough reason to pull the trigger? Meanwhile, Ruby confesses to JP she was once arrested and the Commissioner is concerned about illegal crab racing. Anna Chancellor guest stars as the victim's sister - and one of the suspects.

Cast & Crew

DI Jack Mooney Ardal O'Hanlon
DS Florence Cassell Josephine Jobert
Officer JP Hooper Tobi Bakare
Officer Ruby Patterson Shyko Amos
Ciss Dacre Anna Chancellor
Ruth Dacre Margaret Clunie
Owen Dacre Louis Greatorex
Ricki Dacre Susy Kane
Patrice Campbell Leemore Marrett Jr
Benedict Dacre Robert Portal
Josephine Porter Sara Powell
Commissioner Selwyn Patterson Don Warrington
Director Sarah O'Gorman
Producer Yvonne Francas
Writer Tom Nash
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