After one movie that introduced the characters and a second that served as a prequel, "Death in Paradise" gets to stand on its own and deliver a mystery that challenges Jesse Stone in the midst of personal and professional tragedies.
As always, the cast surrounding Tom Selleck is solid. The usual crew at the station (Vito Rezza, Kohl Sudduth, John Beale and the amazing Viola Davis) are joined in this one by Orla Brady, Steven Flynn, Gary Basaraba and John Diehl. Brady especially is good, in her flirting with Jesse. With her exotic look and British accent, my eyes were glued to her whenever she came on screen!
Plus, we get William Devane, who is pitch perfect as Dix. Watching his scenes with Selleck is a lot like an all-star game. It doesn't matter who wins, you just get to watch two pros at the top of their game.
Selleck gives his best performance yet as Stone, ranging from smug to vulnerable to a man of action effortlessly.