Series / Death in Paradise

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Death in Paradise is a French-British crime drama, created by Robert Thorogood, that premiered in 2011. It is a joint Anglo-French production between The BBC and France Télévisions.

A detective from the London Metropolitan Police Service is assigned to oversee the Honoré police station on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marienote  where he has to deal with the surprisingly high murder rate while trying to come to grips with the wholly foreign environment he's landed in. He's ably assisted by the local police force while they themselves are trying to figure out their new boss.

The show currently stars Ardal O'Hanlon as DI Jack Mooney, Danny John-Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers, and French actress Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell.

The series has a character page that Needs Wiki Magic Love.


Contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Angela Young keeps calling Fidel "Freddie" in "An Unhelpful Aid". Richard calls her "Helena" in the climax, decidedly not accidentally.
  • Agent Scully: Poole is a dogged scientific rationalist, and immediately rejects any suggestion that a case might involve prophecies, miracles or curses.
  • The Alibi: A key part of the show. In at least one instance a suspect who seemingly had a cast-iron alibi (they'd seemingly unwittingly taken a photo of the murder in progress) and was ruled out by Humphrey turned out to be the guilty party after all (they'd left their camera on automatic in order to capture the picture, and were caught out when Humphrey noticed the large number of pictures where the camera angle wasn't changing).
  • Always Murder: Well, it is in the title.
  • Anachronistic Clue: In "An Artistic Murder", Humphrey discovers that a painting is a forgery because it features a lighthouse that wasn't built until 1929; two years after the artist committed suicide.
  • Animal Assassin: In "A Deadly Curse", one Victim of the Week (who is deathly allergic to insect bites) is murdered when the killer releases a kissing bug in his cell.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Poole is adamant about rationalism in any case involving voodoo, magic, or even Catholicism, but also relies heavily on gut feelings, especially in "Missing a Body?", and is a follower of the Church of England. Camille and Catherine call him out on this hypocrisy in "Predicting Murder" and "A Dash of Sunshine."
  • Artistic License Sports: Much of the beach volleyball "game" is blatantly not legal play.
  • Ascended Extra: Rosie, fashion model and JP's childhood crush. When she's introduced early in Season 5, she's just a regular suspect after one of her model colleagues has been murdered, but she shows up again at the police station near the end of the episode to schedule a date with JP. She then sporadically reappears over the course of the season until she and JP marry in the final episode, which makes her the only murder suspect in the series who has any further relevance to the plot after the case she was involved in has been solved.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Poole.
  • Bitter Almonds: In "One for the Road", Humphrey smells bitter almonds on the murdered governor and announces she has been poisoned with cyanide.
  • Blackmail: Proves to be a motive for some murders, such as in "Murder Onboard".
  • Brick Joke: Happens in subtle and brilliant ways. Clues about the mystery are hidden in other episodes.
    • In Death in a Clinic, an identity theft ring is uncovered in a private hospital. Fast forward to the next season, Death of a Detective, one of the suspects mentions the same clinic in passing and later it turns out that the murderer stole someone's identity.
    • In An Artistic Murder, a critical clue is hidden somewhere in an extremely boring book. One of the many excerpts read from it is about a local bird species, the fictional San-Marie Greene, but is unrelated to the current murder. A few episodes later, The Early Bird, the whole plot revolves around the same parrot.
  • British Stuffiness: Take a wild guess. If Poole's black suit doesn't give it away, his reluctance to embrace anything on the island will. A bit of a Running Gag in the pilot is Poole being slightly confused whenever anyone guesses that he's English.
  • Bully Hunter: Richard Poole hates bullies - he doesn't go outside of the law to pursue them, but he's particularly scathing towards those criminals he catches who use such tactics.
  • The Butler Did It: Discussed Trope in "Wicked Wedding Night." Turns out to be Right for the Wrong Reasons.
  • Candlelit Bath: The Victim of the Week takes a candlelit bath in "Until Death Do You Part", which turns into a Deadly Bath when her killer drowns her in the petal-filled tub.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Dwayne.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality:
    • The British detectives working on Saint Marie all dress differently to reflect their differing work ethics.
      • Charlie Hulme wears loud Hawaiian shirts as he is a hard-drinking Life of the Party and is only there to spend his last working years having fun.
      • Richard Poole is always dressed in black wool suit, despite the heat, as he wants to go back to London and adapting to the local climate would indicate that he was starting to feel at home on the island and that's the last thing he wants.
      • Humphrey Goodman wears lots of light linen jackets as he's eager to be on the island but knows he's also there to work and has to look presentable.
      • Jack Mooney falls somewhere between Poole and Goodman, dressing in bright colors but also in fabrics that are too heavy for the tropical climate, reflecting his cheerful personality but also that he'd only intended to come to the island for a short holiday before being unexpectedly dragooned into staying. He's also the most rumpled of the lead characters, symbolizing his depression in the wake of his wife's death.
    • One season two episode does the same with accessories, when the team all need to measure travel times: eager and by-the-book Fidel uses the station-issue stopwatch; science nerd Richard uses his own personal stopwatch; old-fashioned Dwayne uses his wristwatch; modern woman Camille uses her smartphone.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Camille had to make sure that Poole wouldn't accidentally offend anyone due to his tactless personality. When Goodman came along, she had to make sure his absentmindedness and tendency to wander off on wild tangents wouldn't hinder their investigations.
    • Florence took over minding Goodman after Camille left for Paris.
  • Coffin Contraband: Apparently a local custom, as mentioned early on in "A Personal Murder". Specifically, people put the deceased's cell phone in his/her coffin, taking into account the possibility of the deceased sending a message from the grave. After Cedrik's death, Dwayne gets a text message from him declaring "I was murdered" as his dead body was being burned.
    DI Goodman: ...Isn't that a bit dangerous? Don't the batteries explode?
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: One murderer does this by confessing to murder with one lie and one significant omission. After he, impulsively, committed the murder, he cleaned up after it and then 'murdered' the victim again, in a different way. By leaving out what he did beforehand and confessing to the second murder as if he really thought he did murder the victim once the investigators began to poke, investigation would quickly reveal that the victim was already dead, leaving him having confessed to attempted murder (a serious crime, but not quite as serious as murder) and, the idea was, no longer a suspect for the real murder.
  • Continuity Nod: In one episode, Catherine made chicken soup for Richard when he was ill. In series 5, when Humphrey ends up in hospital, he also has chicken soup made for him; and unlike Richard, Humphrey actually enjoys it.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The recurring lizard Harry sometimes suffers from this.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: In "A Murder on the Plantation", Roger Seymour was stabbed in the back with a machete, and used his dying strength to write the letters ' J O H' in his own blood, which are the first three letters of his killer's father's first name.
  • Cover Identity Anomaly: In "Death of a Detective", a woman has assumed the identity of her sister. However, she had never read the novel on which her sister did her dissertation at Cambridge.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: When an aging rock star is murdered in "Swimming in Murder", the killer arranges for him to die in the most rock-n-roll way possible: being electrocuted in a swimming pool. The killer hopes this will make him a legend and ensure the band's comeback is successful.
  • Deadly Bath: In "Until Death Do You Part", the Victim of the Week is a bride-to-be drowned in her bath on the final night of her week-long hen do.
  • Deadly Prank: A deadly prank 40 years earlier provides the motive for the murder in "A Personal Murder". A group of boys threw a younger boy's hat into the river. In trying to retrieve it, he slipped into the river and hit his head on a rock. The others buried his body and swore never to tell anyone what had happened. Decades later, one of the conspirators decided to come clean, and one of the others silenced him before he could talk.
  • Dead Person Impersonation:
    • Richard Poole's demise in the season 3 premiere was because he realized that Sasha Moore, his best friend from college, was actually her supposedly dead sister Helen Reed.
    • In "Dishing Up Murder," after temperamental celebrity chef Robert Holt was stabbed to death by his son in a heated fight, the rest of his inner circle, who all hate him, conspire to cover up the crime to protect the son. This includes having Robert's brother Gary impersonate him for the soft-opening of Robert's new restaurant on St. Marie.
  • Defective Detective: Thankfully, and unusually for BBC, averted; Poole is mildly uptight compared to the locals but otherwise is a reasonably nice, well-balanced individual.
    • Similarly with Goodman: he's clumsy and can be very tactless, but is just as nice a guy.
  • Dirty Cop:
    • Sgt. Thomson in the pilot is involved in human trafficking and killed DI Charlie Hulme when he investigated Thomson's accomplice.
    • Doug Anderson in the sixth episode of season 2. He's a drinker and as it turns out, he worked with a friend in a "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder scheme.
  • Discreet Dining Disposal: Poole pours the chicken soup into a potted plant in "An Unhelpful Aid." Then he has Dwayne and Fidel dump the evidence outside underneath a tree.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Discussed Trope between Fidel and Dwayne while on a stakeout in "Missing a Body?"
  • Dramatic Irony: A few times, the murderers discover their crimes to be misled or pointless. In "A Murder on the Plantation," two siblings conspired to kill their boss (and for one, fiancee) for his inheritance, only to discover after he was terminally ill and planned to hand it them legitimately anyway.
  • Dying Clue:
    • In "A Murder on the Plantation", the Victim of the Week writes the letters 'J O H' in his own blood.
    • Cedrik's cell phone sends Dwayne a message reading "I was murdered" as the burning was taking place following the funeral at the start of "A Personal Murder".
  • Electrified Bathtub: An electrified swimming pool occurs in "Swimming in Murder". The killer arranges for a live set of studio lights to fall into the pool as the Victim of the Week is taking his daily swim.
  • Embarrassing Ringtone: In "Flames of Love", Humphrey somehow accidentally changes his email notification sound to a whip crack accompanied by a "Ye-haw!", and cannot work out how to change it back. It goes off at several inopportune times during the episode.
  • Eureka Moment: Poole is prone to them, almost always after reading a book or hearing someone mention a phrase seemingly unrelated to the subject of the investigation. Goodman also has them, but not always in that way.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: In the first episode, Richard throws an undercover Camille in the cells with a local thief and an unclaimed goat. She proceeds to mock and humiliate him, and the camera repeatedly cuts from her laughing, to the thief laughing, to the goat. Bleating. In a laughing sort of way.
  • Everybody Did It: Done in one episode, when the son murdered his father. However, given that his father was an Asshole Victim, and had also manipulated and generally treated the other suspects around him like dirt, hardly anyone felt sorry to see him dead, and instead came up with a plan to protect the son by making the murder look like a robbery gone wrong.
  • Evil Brit: A few of the criminals have been British ex-pats, from Cockney murderers to aristocratic crimelords.
  • Faking the Dead: In "Unlike Father, Unlike Son," drug trafficker Jack Harmer, while awaiting trial for shooting and killing a pastor's wife after she stumbled upon him during a drug deal, is shot dead in his jail cell by a killer that would have had to pass through three locked doors and past Dwayne and JP. As Humphrey reveals, Jack's pregnant wife and brother had conspired in an attempt to break him out of prison. Their plan was for the guard, who they'd bribed, to pull the fire alarm, after which Jack would burst a fake blood pack underneath his shirt and fake being shot. They'd then sneak him out of the jail cell to a waiting car, and then smuggle him off the island. It didn't work out as planned. What they didn't know was that the guard in question was the secret lover of the woman that Jack had killed, had in fact witnessed her murder, and sent an anonymous typewritten note to the police that had led to Jack's arrest. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, after JP and Dwayne left the cell to search the courthouse, the guard proceeded to pull out his own gun and shoot Jack for real, just before Humphrey and Florence reached the cell.
  • Fanservice: Poole swaps buttoned-up shirt and tie for prim striped pyjamas in "An Unhelpful Aid" - open all the way.
    • In a more straightforward example (at least as fas as the Male Gaze is concerned): gorgeous Watsons Camille and Florence.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Despite his stuffiness and general repression, Richard is uncannily prone to faux pas - whether it's badmouthing the Commissioner just as he walks in, ranting at the top of his lungs in public about a minor annoyance, or talking about spanking or orifices in polite company. Humph is considerably more sensitive, but can't resist the urge to act out methods of murder as he discusses them (complete with sound effects.)
  • Film the Hand: In "Dishing Up Murder", a restaurant hostess does this when a guest attempts to film the temperamental celebrity chef (because the footage might have revealed that the chef had been killed earlier that day and was being impersonated by his brother.
  • Finger-Licking Poison:
    • The stamp variant occurs in "Ye of Little Faith": the murderer knows that the victim writes postcards each time she lands somewhere new, including licking stamps to send them, and uses this knowledge to poison the stamps and thus the vic. And in doing so gets an alibi since the actual death occurs on the ground while the murderer is still on an aeroplane en route.
    • Also done in a series 5 episode with the poison being in an envelope seal, with the twist being that the killer set the crime scene up to make it appear the victim had drunk the poison in a glass of champagne — thus getting an alibi by not having any opportunity to put the poison in the glass until after the victim was already collapsing.
    • In "Damned If You Do...", the Victim of the Week gets poisoned by a lethal dose of poison being placed on the pages of his journal before he retires to write a speech. The killer then poisons the dinner being eaten by everyone, including themself, with a milder dose in an attempt to make it appear he died from food poisoning.
  • The Finicky One: Poole to a tee. If it's not classic British food or weather, he's completely unhappy.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: He doesn't end up literally breathing fire, but in "Ye of Little Faith," Humphrey accidentally eats a Scotch bonnet pepper, thinking it is a tomato. He ends up being force-fed a large quantity of milk, as this the only alternative to taking him to the hospital.
  • Fish out of Water: Poole's British Stuffiness contrasts greatly with the relaxed approach of his co-workers on Saint Marie.
  • Foreign Queasine: How Poole feels about the local cuisine, especially seafood. He is delighted when Camille's mother cooks him roast beef in "Predicting Murder."
  • Foreshadowing: In "Arriving in Paradise," Sgt. Lily Thomson's cell phone has the ringtone "I Shot the Sheriff". She's the one who murdered DI Charlie Hulme, whose death started the whole series and caused Poole to be sent to Saint-Marie.
  • Fox-Chicken-Grain Puzzle: DI Goodman likens how the Mystery of the Week of the "Old Times" episode was carried out to this puzzle. Fidel keeps trying to figure out the puzzle for the rest of the episode.
  • Funny Background Event: During JP's stag night at Goodman's beach hut, he slurryingly reveals to Dwayne that everytime he went to fetch more drinks for the two of them, he brought Dwayne some hardcore moonshine instead of regular rum, all the while Goodman is sitting in the background, staring blankly ahead. Dwayne takes the revelation in stride by gleefully telling JP he knew about that and always switched out the glasses, prompting JP to ask who got the moonshine instead. Cue Goodman keeling from his chair like a flour sack. What's even more funny: Come next morning he's none the worse for the wear while JP and Dwayne are obviously still smarting from the past night. He's actually making breakfast for them.
  • Genius Ditz: Humphrey Goodman is a clumsy and tactless fellow whose only real competency lies in police work.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Turns out to be the killer's motive in "Music of Murder", where a band's lead singer is shot dead on stage at their reunion gig.
  • Grilling Pyrotechnics: At the end of "The Complex Murder", Dwayne and Humphrey are grilling prawns. Dwayne asks Humphrey to spray the prawns with water. Humphrey picks up the wrong bottle and sprays the grill with the paraffin they had used to light it, turning the grill into a bonfire.
  • Henpecked Husband: Humphrey is clearly in awe of his wife Sally, and it's suggested that their relationship was unequal to the point of abuse. He becomes a lot more confident and able to make decisions for himself when she's not around.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In "Predicting Death," the murderer needs to hide a body. What does he do? He dissolves most of the organs in lime, which only left a skeleton. Oh and he happens to be a teacher — and the anatomical skeleton in his classroom looks very real...
    • Poole's first case involves a book crucial to the murder being swapped with an innocuous one. While the detectives are baffled by what was so important in an old travel guide, the blood-stained real evidence sits unnoticed among a bookcase full of others.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Neither Richard nor Humphrey got on well with their families; Humphrey was bullied by his siblings and derided by his dominating father, while Richard was sent to a boarding school, where he was terrorised and abused by one of the staff.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Averted — it is made clear that this is how the ignorant Poole views voodoo, but the writers have Shown Their Work when the locals correct him.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A male version is the murder victim in a series 3 episode.
  • I Am Very British: Poole.
  • I Call It "Vera": Poole has a telescope he calls 'Lucy'. Camille is incredulous that he named it.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Dwayne is the oldest member of the team, Fidel is the youngest. They are clearly pretty good friends, and Dwayne even gives Fidel that pair of baby football shoes, an adorable sign of affection.
  • Ironic Echo: At one point in the pilot, Fidel muses about whether Poole will stay to be the new chief of the police station. Dwayne — who has been chafing under Poole's officious, prissy attitude — stubbornly barks "He's many things, but he's no chief." At the end, after doing several things that have begun to earn Dwayne's respect, Poole exposes the murderer and orders Dwayne to make the arrest. Without a moment's hesitation, Dwayne instantly replies "Sure thing, chief."
  • It Tastes Like Feet:
    • Poole's fever-induced description of Camille's mother's chicken soup in "An Unhelpful Aid" is colourful, if less than flattering.
    • In "Predicting Murder", Inspector Poole comments that a local cocktail consisted of nothing but rum, lime and ice, but somehow tasted like paint stripper.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Poole is a pretty pompous, stuffy and uptight man and it's almost like he's allergic to having fun at times, but when it comes down to it he's pretty nice.
  • Justified Criminal: One suspect in season 2 is found to be stealing old medication from an upmarket private clinic to provide free healthcare for the island's poor. Poole and the team are so impressed that they agree to release him without charge and look the other way.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In a late series 4 episode, Humphrey is unsatisfied when one of the suspects confesses less than halfway into the episode, leaving a few seemingly minor loose ends (such as why the victim kept a roll of sticky tape in a locked safe) and without The Summation. He's right to be.
  • Leitmotif: Poole has one for when he finds an important clue, or has a Eureka Moment.
  • Locked in a Room: In "The Complex Murder", Dwayne and JP get locked inside a shipping container that is being used as a lock-up. We then discover that Dwayne - who has been riding JP all episode because of his fear of drowning - suffers from Claustrophobia.
  • Locked Room Mystery:
    • A literal description, though it turns out not a true example, in "Arriving in Paradise."
    • An example, though not a literal description, in "Wicked Wedding Night."
    • "Predicting Murder" and "Missing a Body?" as the emphasis is often on how the crime was committed as well as why.
    • "An Unholy Death" plays it straight with the murder of a novice nun in her locked cell.
    • "Hidden Secrets" goes the classic route. A surf instructor is shot inside a shed. The murder weapon is missing, the only door is locked and the wet sand outside the only window is completely undisturbed.
    • In "Unlike Father, Unlike Son", the Victim of the Week is murdered inside a locked jail cell behind two other locked doors.
    • The victim in "Rue Morgue" apparently committed suicide behind a locked and bolted door. Naturally, it's Never Suicide.
  • Medication Tampering: In "Hidden Secrets", a doctor diagnoses his friend as suffering an incurable degenerative nerve disease, as part of a plot to drive him to suicide. The drugs his supplies him to 'treat' the condition are actually antipsychotics that will simulate the symptoms of degenerative nerve damage.
  • The Mentor: Cedrik to Dwayne. Particularly early on in their relationship, he also served as a Morality Pet, as without his guidance Dwayne's life path would've been much different.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Whimsical humor pads many episodes, which contain some rather dark and gruesome (and at times rather heartbreaking) deaths.
    • The teaser often ends with the dramatic discovery of a corpse...then immediately goes into the bright, holiday programme-like visuals of the intro and instrumental of "You're Wondering Now". This may be deliberately invoked. This was particularly jarring when the corpse in question was Poole's and we then switched to the cheerful music and footage of a very much alive Poole dragging his suitcase across the beach...then back to everyone mourning him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both Camille and Florence are ridiculously beautiful and regularly show a lot of skin for someone conducting official murder investigations. Many of their outfits incorporate backless or semitransparent tops, combined with very short shorts. Partly justified by Saint Marie's hot climate, but among the police force they're always the most scantly clad member by far - the male cast exclusivly wears either suit (Poole/Goodman) or uniform (Dwayne/Fidel/JP).
  • Murder by Mistake:
    • The first Victim of the Week in "Wicked Wedding Night". Poole even remarks during the Summation Gathering that the case made no sense till he realised that the first victim had never been the intended target.
    • Inverted in Humphrey's second episode, where the poisoning victim was the target all along, and was killed by the person thought to be the target of the attack.
  • New Meat: Series 4 introduces JP Hooper, a police officer who is fresh out of Police College. Dwayne takes advantage of the new guy's naivete while showing him the ropes.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: In "Music of Murder", the bassist of the Venerators, after being discovered by Richard to be the one who did it, is dragged away and rants about how he'll be remembered forever. Richard expresses his doubts. The guy's just a bassist, after all.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: English members of the cast often struggle with French terms, and vice versa. "Saint Marie" and "Honoré" are common stumbling blocks, being mentioned as often as they are.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: In "Rue Morgue", Camille is summing up interview results while Humph frets over his ex-wife turning up unannounced. When challenged, he's able to recite everything Camille said back to her... before seguing straight back into fretting.
  • Not So Above It All: Poole's British Stuffiness does relent occasionally, but he often doesn't show it in public.
  • No, You Hang Up First: JP and Rosie do this in "Dishing Up Murder". Dwayne gets sick of it and resolves the situation by taking the phone out of JP's hand and hanging up for him.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Inspector Chris Ricketts in "Amongst Us" acts like a bumbling tourist, while secretly breaking into sealed crime scenes and leading investigating officers off the trail. Subverted. He's entirely innocent, except in that he really is so bumbling and incompetent that he completely missed the criminal and got his star witness killed.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper:
    • Dwayne is a very mild example. He's the most casual about protocol of the team, and occasionally advocates stirring up witnesses to get information.
    • Met officer Doug Anderson in "A Dash of Sunshine" is a darker case - he treats policing like being in a gang, and bullies and harasses Richard for preferring scientific methods. He also turns out to be the killer, as he hired a friend to kill his wife in exchange for previously personally killing the friend's wife.
  • Once per Episode: Richard will insist people think about things "logically." Humph will trip or knock something over while trying to deliver The Summation.
  • Orgy of Evidence: In "Ye of Little Faith," the Victim of the Week has been poisoned, and nobody has been able to find the poison or work out how it has been administered. The killer then plants the poison at the scene of the crime to try and frame somebody else, but this inadvertently gives the police the information they need to solve the case.
  • Phone-In Detective: In "An Unhelpful Aid", Poole is able to solve a murder while lying delirious in his sickbed, being fed information by Dwayne and Fidel.
  • Phoney Call: Vital to the solution of a seemingly impossible murder in "The Blood Red Sea". The wife of the Victim of the Week answered a call from her husband's phone. However, the call was made by her accomplice on her husband's phone, and she was talking to empty air.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Gary Carr left the show and Fidel's absence is explained as the character having taken a job on another island.
    • Sara Martins departed the show in Series 4. Camille was written out by by having her take an undercover assignment in Paris as a way of advancing her career.
  • Race for Your Love: Humphrey gets Dwayne to drive him to the airport to say goodbye to Martha. Her plane was already going down the runway when they get to the airport, so Dwayne drive alongside the plane, and Humphrey tries to catch Martha's attention through the window. By the time Martha does look out the window, Humphrey and Dwayne had fallen behind the plane.
  • Rank Up: Over the course of the series Fidel studies for, takes, and passes his sergeant's exam.
    • Florence's promotion from Police Sergeant to Detective Sergeant is altogether more sudden and only a few episodes after she joins the team.
  • Red Herring: They set up enough ominous shots of Camille during the first part of the pilot to make you think that she's the one who shot Charlie Hulme, and then they have her revealed as an undercover cop investigating the man Charlie Hulme was killed while investigating.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Poole initially views his assignment as this, and it's implied his London Met colleagues dislike him and also see it this way.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Jonathan Creek, just where it's sunny.
  • Romantic False Lead: The murderess police officer in "Arriving in Paradise" plays the same mildly flirtatious role that Camille takes on in episode two onwards.
  • Running Gag:
    • The lizard in Poole's house. Poole is thrown off by him at first, but by series 2 has given the little guy a name (Harry) and is feeding him. After Poole dies, Humphrey continues the tradition.
    • Goodman scribbling case notes on anything he can find (tissues, playing cards, restaurant menus) rather than having a notebook.
  • Scenery Porn: Honoré Bay, and Saint Marie Island in general.
  • Science Hero: Poole. Facts and forensics always win out over spiritual and supernatural explanations.
  • Sharp Dressed Man: Played with; Poole is almost always seen wearing an impeccable black suit... which, in the tropical climate of the Caribbean, tends to make him look rather hot and sweaty.
  • She's Got Legs: Both Camille and Florence have lovely legs which the series makes an effort to emphasize every so often.
  • Ship Tease: Poole and Camille get one at the end of "A Murder on the Plantation", when Camille mistakes Poole for the blind date her mother has set her up on until she is corrected and pointed in the right direction.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The murder of Poole at the start of "Death of a Detective" bears a strong resemblance to Hercule Poirot's description of what he would consider to be the most interesting hypothetical murder to solve at the start of The ABC Murders and later used as the premise for Cards on the Table. The only difference is that the setup to the crime involves a game of charades rather than bridge.
    • At the end of an episode involving a murdered bird-watcher there's a mini-Reveal that the Saint Marie green parrot is actually extinct, the last breeding pair having been killed by a hurricane two years ago. Dwayne and the manager of the parrot sanctuary where the murder took place start quoting the "Dead Parrot Sketch".
  • Show Some Leg: Neither Camille nor Florence are shy about showing off their shapely legs in pretty much every episode, usually by wearing very short shorts while on duty. Ironically, the dresses they tend to change into for private outings, while undoubtedly sexy as well, are often much more concealing.
  • The Sociopath: The murderer or the victim has been this at least twice.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The jaunty, upbeat theme tune invariably crashes in just as the Cold Opening ends with the discovery of a gruesome death.
  • Spot of Tea: Poole delivers a Character Filibuster on its importance in the fourth episode as a means to stall some suspects while Camille searches their house. He spends the second episode, "Wicked Wedding Night", trying in vain across the island to find a decent cuppa. Much to his surprise, it comes from Camille's mother.
  • "Strangers on a Train"-Plot Murder: Done in "A Dash of Sunshine", although the first murder is not seen; having already taken place in another country.
  • Strictly Formula: A common complaint about the series is its rigid adherence to its structure, to the point that every single season finale has had a temptation to return to England offered to the lead detective. (Although, as any fan of the original Law & Order can tell you, a strict adherence to structure can be charming in and of itself.)
  • Suicide, Not Murder:
    • In a series 1 episode, an elderly woman makes a voodoo prediction about her own death at the hands of a "scarred man" and then dies in suspicious circumstances the next day. As it turns out, she had long suspected this particular scarred man of her daughter's murder, and she faked her own murder at his hands in order to get the police to investigate him again.
    • Played with in a series 4 episode. It was suicide, although the victim had help from one of the 'suspects', who was a doctor lying about the victim having a terminal illness in order to manipulate him into taking his own life.
  • The Summation: At the end of every episode, after Poole's Eureka Moment.
  • Summation Gathering: Poole always performs this. Lampshaded in "Death of a Detective" when Camille prepares to summon the suspects after new-boy Goodman solves the case, only for him to ask "why?". He goes through with it, and carries on with it thereafter because he enjoyed it the first time.
  • Superdickery: In a Season 1 episode, a woman Dwayne has a one-night stand with is found murdered the next morning. The preview implies dramatically that Dwayne is a suspect, but in fact Poole only treats him as one for about five minutes (because he is annoyed that the others didn't invite him out for drinks with them), and then dismisses the idea.
  • Super OCD: Poole. He'll spend a whole case obsessing over a minor out-of-place detail that, naturally, turns out to be the key to the whole mystery.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: In "Damned If You Do...", the killer poisons the stew being eaten by everyone in an attempt to make the murder look like food poisoning.
  • Thanatos Gambit:
    • "Predicting Death": A lady foretells her own death in front of Dwayne and poisons herself in the classroom of the man she believes killed her daughter to frame him. Ironically she killed herself in plain view of the evidence that could bring him to justice.
    • "Death of a Detective": Poole as well. Realizing that the woman claiming to be Sasha Moore, his best friend from college is her supposedly dead sister Helen Reed, he leaves (and gets sent to the island) enough clues to expose her as his killer.
  • Those Two Guys: Dwayne and Fidel. Later, Dwayne and Hooper after Fidel's departure.
  • Throwing The Match: In "The Perfect Murder", the Victim of the Week is killed when she attempts to expose a scheme to fix the outcome of a series of beach volleyball matches.
  • Too Good to Be True: In "Predicting Death," all of the evidence points to one person. Naturally, Richard feels it's all too neat.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Detective Sergeant Angela Young in "An Unhelpful Aid".
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: They set shots of Camille up in the pilot to make you think that she's the killer, or at the very least, she's involved in Charlie Hulme's death. Then it's revealed she's an undercover cop investigating James Lavender for human trafficking.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Used in "A Personal Murder" to slay the Victim of the Week (who suffers from sleep apnea and bad heart).
  • Vow of Celibacy: Played for Drama in "An Unholy Death", as part of the murder motive when a nun is found asphyxiated at the island's convent. The priest attached to the convent had previously broken his vow and fathered a daughter, who then came to the convent looking for him and joined to get close to him. The mother superior, who was in love with the priest and was trying to keep him from breaking his vow again, misinterpreted their affection and killed the daughter.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Humphrey Goodman. Humphrey's father is convinced that Humphrey is wasting his life playing a game of cops-and-robbers instead of becoming a barrister like him (and his brother). In "Unlike Father, Unlike Son", Humphrey's father comes to the island to convince him to come back home to England for his ex-wife, Sally. Finally having had enough of trying to please his father, Humphrey tells his father that he is a very good detective and that he is happier on Saint Marie than then he ever was in England and is staying there. After watching his son solve the case, Humphrey's father realises he is happy for him to remain in Saint Marie.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: In "Dishing Up Murder", the Victim of the Week Robert Holt, was an obnoxious celebrity chef who was loathed by his entire inner circle. Robert cheated on his girlfriend and partner (both romantically and professionally), dominated and abused his son, blackmailed his homosexual sous chef, had an affair with his pastry chef, and had allowed his brother Gary to take the fall for a crime he had committed. So when his own son killed him in a heated argument, everyone else in the inner circle proceeded to work together to cover up the crime, by putting the body in the freezer so that the time of death couldn't be determined, then proceeded with the soft-opening as if nothing was wrong (with the brother posing as the victim), and making sure there was an outside witness around when they pretended to "discover" the body.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Camille's and Florence's favorite duty "uniform" usually consists of an airy top and a pair of shorts barely a span long for copious amounts of Fanservice.
  • You Need to Get Laid: At the end of "The Complex Murder", Dwayne tells Humphrey that he doesn't need a boat, he needs a girlfriend.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Some of the murders happen as direct or indirect results of infidelity.

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