Death in Paradise

10 Worst Episodes of Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise is an award-winning comedy detective series set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. BBC One viewers have been tuning in since 2011 to follow the investigations of a brilliant but idiosyncratic British detective and his resourceful local team as they solve baffling murder mysteries. After 15 seasons, it’s time to take a look at some of the worst episodes of Death in Paradise, ranked from least to most awful.

The first episode to make the list is the series 5 finale, titled “The Killing Game”. This episode was criticised by fans for its slow pacing, lack of suspense and the fact that the investigation was solved too easily.

Next on the list is the series 8 finale, “The Murder of Mrs Tishell”. This episode was criticised for its lack of logic and the fact that the investigation was wrapped up too quickly. Additionally, viewers were disappointed by the resolution of the mystery, as it wasn’t as satisfying as previous episodes.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 19, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

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#10 - La Murder Le Diablé (Season 9 - Episode 1)

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 mystery murderer before they strike again.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 288 votes.

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#9 - Episode 6 (Season 11 - Episode 6)


When a woman reports a murder and is then found strangled, the team are left wondering whether she was reporting her own murder.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 200 votes.

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#8 - Episode 2 (Season 12 - Episode 2)

The team investigate a preppers commune when one of their members is poisoned inside a locked bunker. Meanwhile, Neville has a series of adventurous dates with Sophie.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 113 votes.

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#7 - Damned If You Do... (Season 4 - Episode 3)


The President of The Saint Marie Heritage Society dies while re-enacting the French invasion of the island.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 338 votes.

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#6 - A Murder in Portrait, L'enfant terrible (Season 9 - Episode 2)

DI Jack Mooney and the team are put to the test when a celebrated artist is poisoned in her studio in confounding circumstances.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 273 votes.

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#5 - Episode 7 (Season 11 - Episode 7)


A reggae rap artist is shot dead at a soundcheck for a concert. Things prove uncomfortable for Marlon when he discovers a personal connection to the crime.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 183 votes.

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#4 - Murder on Mosquito Island (Season 9 - Episode 6)

A desert island survival course goes wrong when the leader – a trained survival expert and ex-SAS soldier – is found dead in the forest of a remote island near Saint Marie.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 271 votes.

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#3 - The Poison Dart Gun (Season 8 - Episode 2)


Jack and the team uncover a nest of vipers when a zoo owner is killed with a tranquiliser dart and everyone has an alibi.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 314 votes.

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#2 - Death in the Salon (Season 9 - Episode 7)

The team are left stumped when the owner of a hair salon is killed in front of her family without anyone seeing what happened.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 271 votes.

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#1 - Caught Off Camera (Season 8 - Episode 3)


Jack and the team are mystified when the TV presenter of a holiday programme is found drowned. The spotlight falls on the crew.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 308 votes.

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