Tuesday, 23 January 2018


[Spoiler-Free "mini review"] Frank O'Toole, a spy thriller author and Saint Marie resident for 20 years, is found stabbed through the heart in the middle of the ocean.

The bottom line: The one between Episode 2 and Episode 4.

After the good Series 7 premiere and the brilliant second episode, here comes a case of death by boredom for DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon) and the team. DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert) shows her perplexity towards this British institution called Desert Island Discs. Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) tells Officer J.P. Hooper (Tobi Bakare) that he doesn't want to be alone for the Erzulie festival (1), which honours the voodoo goddess of love. Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine), absent of the previous episode, shows up but not Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington).

There's an unwritten rule saying that every British actor must appear in Death in Paradise, so two legends are amongst the guest cast:  Simon Callow, who plays Larry South, and James Faulkner (Frank O'Toole). Anyway, the main point of this third episode is that Dwayne has now a love interest named Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder). Also starring Sian Gibson (Gilly White), Steve Oram (Dean Shanks) and Imogen Stubbs (Valerie O'Toole). With the voice of Sue Lawley (Herself). Produced by Red Planet Pictures for the BBC. Written by Justin Young. Directed by Jonathan Gershfield. Created by Robert Thorogood.

(1) See also Series 2 Episode 1

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