Death in Paradise

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Review

It’s the final episode of this series, so Death in Paradise ups the ante by having Jack threaten to quit and head back to the UK. His daughter Siobhan is in an emotional state, so Jack feels that the place to be is by her side. Obviously, I can’t reveal what decision he ultimately makes, but I hope that you, like me, would rather he stay. After all, the likes of Kris Marshall and Ben Miller are now but a hazy memory thanks to Ardal O’Hanlon having really found his footing.

And it’s a good job he and the team have the necessary charm because the ins and outs of the central mystery are, unfortunately, slightly sketchy. The set-up itself is a novel one: a tourist is found dead in the police station after going missing from a rainforest trek. But the lack of any real proof when the killer is unmasked feels like an oversight. This show may not be a stickler for procedure, but if I’d been the deranged murderer, I wouldn’t have confessed a thing.

Summary

Old mates Jay, Gerald, Adam and David arrive on Saint Marie ready for the holiday of a lifetime at the Crystal Bay Horse Ranch. The occasion soon turns sour when the island is shaken by a torrential storm, and ranch owner Hannah advises the men to wait it out in their tents. By morning, Jack thinks he has seen the worst of it, until he opens up the locked police station and finds the body of a man lying in the middle of the floor. It's Adam, with scratches on his arms and laceration marks around his neck. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

DI Jack Mooney Ardal O'Hanlon
Officer JP Hooper Tobi Bakare
Officer Ruby Patterson Shyko Amos
DS Madeleine Dumas Aude Legastelois
Jay Carver Hari Dhillon
Hannah Wilde Lisa McGrillis
Gerald Baynes Daniel Ryan
Siobhan Mooney Grace Stone
Adam Renshaw Tristan Sturrock
David Molyneux Karl Theobald
Catherine Bordey Elizabeth Bourgine
Commissioner Selwyn Patterson Don Warrington
Director Richard Signy
Producer Yvonne Francas
Writer James Hall
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