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The Best Episodes of Death in Paradise

Every episode of Death in Paradise ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Death in Paradise!

A brilliant but idiosyncratic British detective and his resourceful local team solve baffling murder mysteries on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie.

Network:BBC One

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The best episode of "Death in Paradise" is "Death of a Detective", rated 8.1/10 from 840 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Death of a Detective" aired on 1/14/2014 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Man Overboard (2)".

  • Death of a Detective
    8.1/10 840 votes

    #1 - Death of a Detective

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-01-14

    DI Poole attends a university reunion, but one of the group is murdered with an ice pick.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Man Overboard (2)
    8.1/10 560 votes

    #2 - Man Overboard (2)

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-02-09

    The team race against the clock in London to solve two murders, after their prime suspect is found dead. Meanwhile, Dwayne has an emotional encounter and Humphrey finds that some advice from an unexpected source helps him come to a big decision.

    Director: Richard Signy

    Writer: Robert Thorogood

  • Fake or Fortune
    8.1/10 535 votes

    #3 - Fake or Fortune

    Season 10 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-02-05

    The team have their work cut out in this dramatic conclusion to the two-parter. Neville must solve a mystery from the past that unlocks the truth of who murdered the concert pianist and why. Help is at hand, though, with the return of a former sergeant.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Dash of Sunshine
    8.0/10 681 votes

    #4 - A Dash of Sunshine

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-02-12

    There is an unwelcome blast from the past for DI Richard Poole when a former colleague turns up in Saint Marie.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Deadly Party
    8.0/10 651 votes

    #5 - A Deadly Party

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-02-26

    When a philanthropist is murdered in broad daylight at a charity fundraiser, DI Poole and his colleagues find themselves up against a daring and elusive opponent.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Beyond the Shining Sea (1)
    8.0/10 547 votes

    #6 - Beyond the Shining Sea (1)

    Season 8 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-02-07

    A fishing community is excited about the arrival of their festival queen for an annual celebration, but when her boat arrives with only her dead body on board, DI Mooney is left, yet again, with a baffling mystery to solve. What could a missing loaf of bread have to do with the crime? Meanwhile, Florence and Patrice look forward to their wedding, which is only a week away, but a huge strain is put on their relationship when the groom is drawn into the murder case as a former employer and long-time friend of the victim.

    Director: Jermain Julien

    Writer: Sally Abbott

  • Beyond the Shining Sea (2)
    8.0/10 546 votes

    #7 - Beyond the Shining Sea (2)

    Season 8 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-02-14

    The team are left stunned by another murder connected to the killing of festival queen Tiana. But there is a new lead—a phone call relating to their initial suspect—so DI Jack and his officers travel over to nearby Rosalie Island, where the owner and employees of a lucrative investment company all fall under suspicion as they are questioned about the mysterious call. Meanwhile, with emotions running high, Ruby encourages her uncle, Commissioner Patterson, to show his emotional side for once.

    Director: Jermain Julien

    Writer: Roger Enstone

  • Sins of the Detective (2)
    8.0/10 402 votes

    #8 - Sins of the Detective (2)

    Season 12 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-02-17

    The team must prove Neville’s innocence after Professor Cartwright is murdered. DI Karen Flitcroft from the Department of Policing Standards takes over the investigation. The investigation leads Naomi and Selwyn to Justin West at the preppers commune.

    Director: Angela de Chastelai Smith

    Writer: James Hall

  • Predicting Murder
    7.9/10 803 votes

    #9 - Predicting Murder

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-11-08

    When a woman not only predicts her own murder but also gives a description of the murderer, it all feels too easy for DI Richard Poole. Can a case from the past help solve the present day murder? And more importantly, can Richard convince the team that it has nothing to do with voodoo spirits?

    Director: Charles Palmer

    Writer: Robert Thorogood

  • Rue Morgue
    7.9/10 585 votes

    #10 - Rue Morgue

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-03-04

    The team investigates the apparent suicide of an elderly resident at a retirement home.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Unlike Father, Unlike Son
    7.9/10 549 votes

    #11 - Unlike Father, Unlike Son

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-02-26

    DI Goodman and the team are under pressure when a prisoner is killed in their custody.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Personal Murder
    7.9/10 574 votes

    #12 - A Personal Murder

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-01-28

    The team must solve a deeply personal case when Dwayne's old mentor is found dead and a text message from beyond the grave says it was murder. DI Goodman tries to unleash his inner gourmand.

    Director: Audrey Cooke

    Writer: Emma Goodwin

  • Man Overboard (1)
    7.9/10 546 votes

    #13 - Man Overboard (1)

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-02-02

    A murder investigation propels the team to London in pursuit of their suspects.

    Director: Richard Signy

    Writer: Robert Thorogood

  • Music To My Ears
    7.9/10 476 votes

    #14 - Music To My Ears

    Season 10 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-02-04

    A celebrated concert pianist murdered one night in his studio. Catherine’s friendship with the victim’s family puts her in unexpected danger. The first of a two-part story.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Arriving in Paradise
    7.8/10 1,055 votes

    #15 - Arriving in Paradise

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-10-25

    When a British policeman is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Sainte-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate. He's the perfect man to solve the case. Unfortunately for Richard, he hates sun, sea and sand...

    Director: Charles Palmer

    Writer: Robert Thorogood

  • Spot the Difference
    7.8/10 769 votes

    #16 - Spot the Difference

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2011-11-22

    A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him. With his job on the line, he needs all his British rigour and stoutest brogues to get to the heart of the Paradise Beach mystery.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Murder on the Plantation
    7.8/10 716 votes

    #17 - Murder on the Plantation

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-01-08

    DI Richard Poole struggles to muster that loving feeling for the local voodoo festival celebrating romance and friendship. However, an understanding of the nature of love, friendship and the ties that bind, proves vital in solving a mysterious murder at a local sugar plantation.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Deadly Storm
    7.8/10 646 votes

    #18 - A Deadly Storm

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-02-19

    As the island prepares for a hurricane the corpse of Leo Downs, a researcher at the university's meteorological unit is found.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Until Death Do You Part
    7.8/10 568 votes

    #19 - Until Death Do You Part

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-01-29

    DI Goodman investigates when a bride-to-be is killed on the last night of her hen party.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Murder Begins at Home
    7.8/10 490 votes

    #20 - Murder Begins at Home

    Season 8 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-02-28

    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.

    Director: Richard Signy

    Writer: James Hall

  • Amongst Us
    7.7/10 676 votes

    #21 - Amongst Us

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-12-13

    Dwayne ends up embroiled in a murder investigation when a piece of incriminating evidence is found at the scene of the crime. Can Richard solve the case and meet a deadline that means he will finally get what he wants - a return home?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Death in the Clinic
    7.7/10 649 votes

    #22 - Death in the Clinic

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-01-22

    DI Richard Poole and his colleagues are baffled by an apparent suicide at an exclusive plastic surgery clinic.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Flames of Love
    7.7/10 554 votes

    #23 - Flames of Love

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-02-25

    The team is faced with an impossible murder when a young backpacker is shot inside a sealed room. DI Goodman has a date, plus it is the day of JP's wedding - but will he make it to the altar?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • In the Footsteps of a Killer
    7.7/10 520 votes

    #24 - In the Footsteps of a Killer

    Season 6 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-02-16

    When a tourist claims to alibi a woman convicted for murder eight years ago, the team are forced to reopen the case.

    Director: Simon Delaney

    Writer: Dana Fainaru

  • Murder in the Polls
    7.7/10 490 votes

    #25 - Murder in the Polls

    Season 6 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-02-23

    Saint Marie's mayoral elections are thrown into disarray when a candidate is stabbed.

    Director: Simon Delaney

    Writer: Will Fisher