The Brokenwood Mysteries

If you’re like me and you suddenly feel the need to live in another country, but you can’t afford the plane ticket, the passport, or have the unique skills required to emigrate, Brokenwood Mysteries may be the perfect escape for you.

Set in New Zealand, Brokenwood hits all the necessary check marks to qualify it as a cozy murder mystery. Billed as the New Zealand Midsomer Murders, it actually does something that Midsomer  hasn’t done of late: It is to allows the viewer to solve the crime.

As you’re watching, a lot of the clues are things the viewer will see before the detective. If you get a special kick out of seeing whether your theory was the correct one, Brokenwood will provide that fix.

The dialect and accent may be a bit strong for some viewers. There’s no learning curve, really, you just have to be able to listen and maybe hit the rewind button once or twice to make sure you’re not missing anything.

A strong female detective helps to solve the crimes without falling in love with the male characters. A country music soundtrack provides much of the background noise. And the investigations are believable, without any evidence of the ever present “Sherlock Scan” that pervades a lot of contemporary mystery series.

If you’re looking for something new to fill in the gaps between Midsomer Murders and George Gently, consider checking out The Brokenwood Mysteries.

2 thoughts on “The Brokenwood Mysteries

  1. Interesting! I live in New Zealand and I’ve never heard of the Brokenwood Mysteries. I’ll have to check it out. I take it the cast have strong New Zealand accents? I hear New Zealand accents every day, but it still sounds weird to hear them on TV. People on TV are supposed to sound American or British. 🙂

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    1. They’re not that strong to me. Some nuances in dialect come to mind but I just know that some people on my side of the Globe will consider it a challenge.

      I mean, my boyfriend thinks Douglas Henshal is hard to understand and he’s Scottish. I just threw that disclaimer out there for people who tend to need things repeated for them.

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