Elias Thomson runs a rum plantation on the island of Saint Marie, but the business is failing. Workers are disturbed that the plantation is haunted by the ghost of Mama Beth, a worker killed during the nineteenth century, so Thomson arranges a séance to banish the ghost – or at least the story of the ghost – forever. As the group link hands in the small room – you know the sort of thing, with no hiding places and a squeaky door – the candle suddenly goes out. A bell rings. And Elias collapses, stabbed in the back. But everyone in the room was still holding each other hands. Surely Mama Beth herself wasn’t responsible…
Enter DI Humphrey Goodman and his team Camille, Duane and… hang on, Fidel’s gone, so he’s replaced by Commissioner Patterson (in the short term). Can Humphrey manage working with his boss, his attempts to woo Camille and solve an impossible murder? All in a day’s work on Saint Marie.
Series Four kicked off in grand style last night. Just a quick review, but this was a clear demonstration of the strength of this series. Endearing characters ( the Humphrey/Camille story was beautifully handled, when it had the potential to be embarrassing, and bonus points for not doing the “incompetent boss” storyline) , a spooky atmosphere throughout the episode (without making one of the characters actually believe in ghosts) and, most importantly, a fairly-clued complex mystery that is perfectly solvable but that completely fooled me.
In fact, I had a lovely theory about how Elias could have been killed – in fact, it was a simple way to get round the holding hands idea that got stuck in my head and wouldn’t go away – but of course it was completely wrong. That’s twice Robert Thorogood has fooled me in a week. Grrrrr (in a good way!)
So welcome back Kris Marshall, Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules and Don Warrington and hello to Joséphine Jobert. Here’s to another seven weeks of me completely getting it wrong!