The first in a dynamic and exciting two-part special sees a celebrated concert pianist brutally murdered in his studio. Meanwhile, one of Saint Marie’s favourites finds themselves in grave danger - and a familiar face returns to the island.
When renowned concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov (Adrian Schiller) is shot dead during an apparent burglary, D.I Neville Parker (Ralf Little) is quick to conclude that the scene was staged and Pasha was murdered. Pasha’s wife Grace (Lia Williams), son Joseph (Sam Retford), housekeeper Maggie (Niamh Cusack) and gardener Delford (Luke Bailey) are all under suspicion - but all have seemingly solid alibis which leaves the team more confused than ever.
Neville takes another step towards embracing island life, much to Florence’s (Joséphine Jobert) surprise. But when Florence leaves the island for a few days, Neville is left questioning his true feelings for her. JP (Tobi Bakare) is shocked to learn that Marlon’s (Tahj Miles) home life has taken a turn for the worse, and takes him under his wing as the pair finally begin to bond.
The murder mystery deepens when a cryptic clue from beyond the grave recalls memories of a case that Commissioner Patterson (Don Warrington) thought he had solved 20 years ago. In a rare show of emotion, he becomes personally invested, determined to uncover the truth once and for all. But when one of his friends finds themselves in grave danger, he reaches out to an old friend and colleague. Will D.S. Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) arrive in time?
The second part, the Honoré police team battle to work out who killed concert pianist Pasha Verdinikov (Adrian Schiller) and why they also attempted to take Catherine’s (Élizabeth Bourgine) life. Pasha’s wife Grace (Lia Williams), son Joseph (Sam Retford), housekeeper Maggie (Niamh Cusack) and gardener Delford (Luke Bailey) are all still in the frame in one of the most baffling cases yet.
With Florence (Josephiné Jobert) following a lead in London, Camille teams up with DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and a key piece of the puzzle supplied by Catherine takes them to neighbouring island, Sainte Helene. The mystery deepens when their enquiries lead them to a disturbing discovery which turns the case on its head.
As Catherine’s life hangs in the balance, a distraught Camille receives some much-needed support from old friend and colleague, Commissioner Patterson (Don Warrington). The dramatic revelation of new evidence causes the Commissioner to become personally involved as a case from 20 years ago returns to haunt him.
The two special episodes of Death In Paradise air Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February at 9pm on BBC One.