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Last week, I reviewed a bunch of Regency Romances by Mary Balogh, an author I can count on for comfort reading. Tina reviewed His and Hers by Alice Feeney — she enjoyed it so much that she plans to read all the novels by Feeney that she can get her hands on.
I lost track of Death in Paradise after watching Season 7 in 2018. I suspect, partly, because the show was no longer available on Netflix. We record it on our Tivo from PBS, but I haven’t converted Rick into a fan. So, this is a show that I’d rather watch on my computer.
Agatha Christie’s novel Nemesis reminded me of this series. Nemesis refers frequently back to the story in an earlier Miss Marple novel, A Caribbean Mystery. That novel is set on the fictional island of St. Honoré.
Honoré is the name of the largest town on St. Marie, the fictional island where Death in Paradise is set. Wikipedia says that’s not a coincidence.
Another homage to Agatha Christie is the typical ending of a Death of Paradise episode, where all the suspects are gathered for the moment when the investigator reveals the who, how, and why of the murder. Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot often ended their investigations in the same way.
This show continues to amaze me in the way that it absorbs the goings and comings of actors in major roles. In Season 10, we see a rare event — actors who left several seasons ago returned to revive their characters.
I watched Season 8 from DVDs that I checked out of the library. But, then, Rick decided to add BritBox to our Amazon Prime. He finished watching Endeavour and wanted to go back to watch the old Inspector Morse series. Death in Paradise is available on BritBox, so I watched Seasons 9 and 10 on BritBox. According to Wikipedia, Seasons 11 and 12 have been commissioned as well as a Christmas episode for this year.
Here are my previous thoughts on this long-running series: