The Brokenwood Mysteries

The Brokenwood Mysteries

Series 1

DVD - 2015
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Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd arrives on assignment in Brokenwood, a small town where memories--and animosities--run deep. He's an experienced cop with a 1971 "classic" car, a collection of country music cassettes, and an indeterminate number of ex-wives. The new woman in his life is his assistant, Detective Constable Kristin Sims a by-the-book investigator nearly twenty years younger than her boss's car, who quickly has to get used to his lone-wolf ways.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, Maryland] :, Acorn,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781621723769
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (376 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Mar 16, 2018

Beautiful scenery of New Zealand is the backdrop for this well-acted, well-directed detective series. Very good acting and good scripts--a bit like an Agatha Christie story with a touch of Colombo. Set in about 2015, a big-city detective goes to a small town and doesn't want to leave. Fabulous choices for the "background music" that leaves me wanting to explore the New Zealand country music genre.

Jan 14, 2018

It is a pretty good series. The actors do a good job and the stories are ok. The characters do grow on you.

Oct 13, 2017

The plots are trite; the acting second rate. A disappointment.

Jun 25, 2017

Enjoyable quirky series.

Jun 14, 2017

Difficult accent to become accustomed to hearing. Entertaining series to watch. The music is annoying, twangy country western.

Jun 01, 2017

The series has been described as "charming, without being cloying, very well-written (thanks to Tim Balme) and funny, but not too funny [...] It’s also engaging, full of twists and will keep you guessing right till the end." (Christine Tidball)
I personally find it a very well done whodunit series. The setting in New-Zealand is authentic; the cops feel like real people; the actors play their roles very well; the plots, as in any whodunit, are slightly predictable but certainly more interesting and intricate than your regular American shows. The choice of music (country music) is fun and certainly "different" from other shows of this kind. I'll really miss Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd when this series ends... He really grows on you. Hopefully we can enjoy the Series 2 & 3 when they're out on DVD.

Apr 01, 2017

I don't have a particular reason why I love this series. The characters are great, stories and photography are very good.

Mar 01, 2017

Perhaps I should have given it a few episodes, but I found the plot of the first one so boring and the male lead so unpleasant to look at that I had no wish to see more.

Feb 04, 2017

I enjoyed Series One. It has a light touch, some humor, and no-one has super powers.

Feb 03, 2017

Not too impressed with first episode, but decided to watch one more. Glad I did, the writers added some quiet humour, the actors got into their roles, and because it is very low key investigating,, not big city slick, it works. Lovely countryside too.

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