When the beautiful Emily Somerton is recruited to work as an assistant housekeeper to famous crime writer Hugo Doré, she discovers the premises are home to a bizarre, unsolved Victorian murder mystery.

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In 1889 Dr Thaddeus Northcote fell victim to a curse by his spurned mistress, Egyptian Selima Al-Sharad, and died in the garden of his house, Green Lanterns,in mysterious circumstances that were never explained. A hundred years later Emily Somerton and her friend have a traumatic experience in the country and twenty years later Emily is plucked from working in a shoe shop by charismatic crime writer Hugo Dore, who just happens to be the current owner of Green Lanterns. Emily feels she is being taken over by Selima when death threats arrive, in her hand-writing, for Hugo's icy wife Harriet. When Harriet is murdered she identifies Emily as her killer before dying and Emily is arrested. Despite Jonathan explaining at her trial how Northcote was killed and how Emily was framed she is still found guilty. Jonathan and Emily's friend Joey, new assistant to Jonathan's boss Adam, discover that Emily is guilty - of a fatality from twenty years previously,and the real killer is exacting a ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 April 2010 (UK)  »

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The Judas Tree of the title is identified by the vicar as the common Judas Tree of gardens by its botanical name Cercis siliquastrum but is actually shown to be a small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata). See more »

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Sleek and slightly creaky...
4 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Friends of mine swear by this old-fashioned spooky Edgar Allen Poe meets Agatha Christie-type suspense show which I finally got to watch for the first time, albeit accidentally, in a festive season re-run by the BBC. Stumbling over it, I was hooked by the intriguing opening scene of the now-you-see-it-now-now-you-don't disappearing house before the real mystery over the death of crime-writer Paul McGann's wife by his new, fetching young housemaid, takes over.

Not being a regular viewer, all the stuff about Alan Davies' title character's magician boss passed me by, but to be fair this just bookended the main story of murder and illusion, which fantastical as it was, still held my attention throughout. Creek's deductions and explanations beggar belief, but in this era of docu-drama police procedurals, I was pleasantly entertained by this throwback to an almost 1960's type 'tec show. In fact it reminded me of nothing so much as an adult, live-action "Scooby Doo" without the dog!

I like Alan Davies anyway and he's good in this as the slightly muddling but more often methodical mystical sleuth. On the strength of this, I'd certainly wouldn't say no to any future gift of the previous series boxed set, if any of my relatives ever read this.


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