After a well known horror writer is shot dead one night at her son-in-law's house, her killer simply disappeared. As Jonathan is somewhat uninterested in the case, Maddy investigates for herself.



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Episode cast overview:
Caroline Quentin ...
Stephen Claithorne
Pippa Haywood ...
Lorna Claithorne
Meg Davies ...
Emma Lazarus
Tom Terici
Hal Drucker
The Stalker
Martina Laird ...
Frankie Park ...
Gary Lobo
Keith Morris ...
Justin Alexis ...


Ezra Lazurus is a successful writer of the macabre who leaves a Halloween costume party with her second husband with a splitting headache. When they arrive home, an intruder knocks her husband out, dons his skeleton costume, and fatally shoots her. Alarmed by the shot Lazarus's daughter Lorna runs to her room but is knocked unconscious by the killer, who runs out of the house carrying her. When he is pursued, he hides in the brick garage and closes the door behind them. When the police arrive and open the door, the murderer is nowhere to be found although Lorna is lying there unconscious without her costume on. After Maddie is hired by Lorna's husband, a local vicar to find a logical explanation for the bizarre events. she brings Jonathon in on the case. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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24 January 1998 (UK)  »

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(12 episodes)

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16:9 Enhanced
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This is the first episode to feature Stuart Milligan as Adam Klaus, the part previously having been played in the first episode, Jonathan Creek: The Wrestler's Tomb (1997), by Anthony Head. See more »


Emma Lazarus' body is kept in a coffin at her home, shortly after her murder: 1) The body would have been taken away for post mortem examination (amongst others showing the brain tumour this episode in the end centers about) and forensic tests. 2) Assuming a post mortem examination had been done, then, when the head was cut off and stolen by the stalker, the neck wouldn't show trachea and esophagus anymore (as it still does in this episode), as these are removed during a post mortem. See more »


Tom Terici: How's the migraine?
Emma Lazarus: Still zigging and zagging.
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Danse Macabre
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