A slightly different start to this particular Death In Paradise episode. The murder had actually occurred before the episode had begun. This was a different way of structuring the programme and made for a good change. A further example of how a simple premise can be creatively enhanced when in the right hands.
So this episode began with the funeral of Dwayne’s old mentor and friend, Cedrick. This is a less comedic episode than usual and far more serious given the close relationship between Dwayne and Cedric. All the evidence points to his death being a result of natural causes.
Of course this will never be the case in an episode of Death In Paradise! The suspicion around Cedrick’s death comes about due to a mysterious text received by Dwayne, moments after the funeral. Immediately arousing suspicion Dwayne passes the information on to DI Goodman and so the investigation begins.
This was an interesting episode because the audience is used to a mysterious death from a few minutes in, this week was different. The death is built up in viewers’ minds as the farthest thing from potential murder. This makes the investigation all the more engrossing for the viewer.
The change in format makes the story slightly more thought provoking than usual. The characters in this episode are not your typical murder suspects: a priest, headteacher and doctor. All with a logical motive but at the same time hard to imagine as murderers.
One continuing trait in Death In Paradise is the deeper, underlying storyline than the one the audience is first exposed to. In this case the murder of Cedric is connected to another death occurring a long time ago…
“The problem with this case has always been the lack of a body”.