Death in Paradise (2011– )
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La Murder Le Diablé 

New Year's Eve celebrations are cut short when a masked man stabs a woman in her own home. Jack and the team must uncover the identity of the murderer before they can strike again.


Ian Barber


Robert Thorogood (created by), James Hall




Episode complete credited cast:
Shyko Amos ... Officer Ruby Patterson
Tobi Bakare ... Officer J.P. Hooper
Elliot Cowan ... Aaron McCormack
Amanda Hale ... Vanessa McCormack
Nell Hudson ... Tabitha Brown
Aude Legastelois Aude Legastelois ... DS Madeleine Dumas (as Aude Legastelois-Bidé)
Ardal O'Hanlon ... DI Jack Mooney
Don Warrington ... Commissioner Selwyn Patterson
Samuel West ... Donald McCormack
Adrian Edmondson ... Charles Crabtree
Alex Gaumond ... Oscar Samuel
Nina Wadia ... Anna Masani


Local airline boss Aaron McCormack's wife Vanessa is fatally stabbed in their villa by a man in a traditional devil mask during the Caribbean New Year's Eve masquerade, leaving the message 'La vengeance ...' in her lipstick. The second part 'est complète' is found at the home of Aaron's estranged brother Donald, who inherit the family rum firm but ran it into debt and survives a superficial stabbing by the same devil thanks to the arrival of Aaron's gambler accountant Charles Crabtree, who stole the cash he was to invest for Vanesa, who realized Aaron's affair with PA Tabitha Brown is serious. Lush prime suspect Oscar Samuel, whom both brothers recently fired, is cleared by observant Jack, who develops a mutual romantic interest in tourist witness Anna Masani and links the cases in a diabolically misleading way. Written by KGF Vissers

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When investigating a suspects home, DI Mooney examines a cassette audio book authored by "Harold Gecko". This is an Easter egg referring to the lizard "Harry" that lives in the DI's house. See more »


When Charles Crabtree calls for an ambulance his phone is clearly seen to be upside down as both the charging port and the headphone port are pointing directly at the camera in this closeup shot. See more »


Featured in Jeremy Vine: Episode #3.11 (2020) See more »


You're Wondering Now (Theme music)
Written by Coxsone Dodd
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A really great start to the new series.
9 January 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I don't think I've ever seen an episode of Death in Paradise begin with such a bang, it was like something from a horror film, a new direction for the often light mystery series.

That mask was gruesome looking, the horror undertones worked terrifically well here. Moments of silliness were at a minimum.

I thought Madeline was excellent, she has settled in incredibly well after starting off in somewhat prickly style. A terrific character. A great cast, Elliot Cowan, Ade Edmondson and Samuel West were great.

I've looked forward to this so much, it's been much publicised with the departure of Ardal, and they delivered, if it carries on in this form we're in for a treat.

I loved it, a very good mystery. 9/10

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