Death in Paradise is a French-British crime comedy/drama with a lighthearted sense of humor.
British police detective Richard Poole is transferred to the fictional island and tropical paradise known as Saint Marie in the Caribbean. Initially, this is to solve a murder there. After successfully doing so, his superiors assign him as Detective Inspector of the island, a post Poole reluctantly accepts. Over time, Poole is replaced by a bumbling new detective named Humphrey Goodman. The two detectives are expected to work alongside the less than stellar Saint Marie police when investigating crimes.
Critical response has been largely positive, mostly praising the cast and setting. Both of these elements show a marked deviation from the usual television murder mystery. Some have felt that the approach to the show is too laid back and relies too heavily on formula and the setting to carry it through.
Viewers, however, are sold on Death in Paradise. The number of viewers grew by over a million each season and there’s no reason to doubt that upward trend will continue.
If you enjoy murder mysteries and police procedurals but would like to see something with a lighter approach and some sunny backdrops, then Death in Paradise is the series you’ve been waiting for.