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Written by: Nick Houser
Date: April 1, 2020

Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd star in The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd star in The Brokenwood Mysteries.

Despite relishing the leisurely ways and quaint charms of country life in New Zealand, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) knows all is not well in the picturesque but murder-ridden town of Brokenwood.

Along with his methodical partner, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), and eager young DC Sam Breen (Nic Sampson), Shepherd must confront the violent impulses and roiling passions that can mar even the most serene locales. In these four feature-length mysteries, the detectives face down poisonous spiders, a real-life “Clue” board game gone wrong, the death of a classic-car enthusiast and someone killing the Christmas spirit.

Watch The Brokenwood Mysteries, Thursdays at 10pm on WOSU TV starting on April 9.

Episode Descriptions

The Black Widower | Thursday, April 9 at 10pm on WOSU TV
When the wife of a local tourist trap business owner is discovered dead, the other local tourism operators are not particularly sad about her demise. Her cause of death is revealed to be from New Zealand’s only native venomous spider– the Katipo. But how could one spider administer ten times the lethal dose?

Over Her Dead Body | Thursday, April 16 at 10pm on WOSU TV
Brokenwood is in mourning after a beloved local poet, Declan O’Grady, passes away from cancer. But the town is in for a surprise when the coffin accidentally falls from the hearse revealing that the corpse inside is not Declan but a young woman identifiable only by a scarlet tattoo.

The Killing Machine | Thursday, April 23 at 10pm on WOSU TV
The annual Riverstone Beach Hop is a colorful festival that brings classic car enthusiasts together from far and wide to celebrate everything gas-powered and chrome plated. But on the morning of the event Charlie Baxter, the chairman of the Classic Car Restoration Society, is found dead next to his beloved El Dorado with a lungful of gasoline.

A Merry Bloody Christmas | Thursday, April 30 at 10pm on WOSU TV
With December approaching Brokenwood is alive and well with Christmas spirit. That is until a gruesome sight confronts Mike and his team; Santa Claus with his throat slit. Or as Mike insists – “not Santa, but a man dressed in a Santa suit.” The man is in fact the much-loved local Mayor Evan Whitestone, who dresses as Santa every year for the Christmas parade. But with local elections looming, attention turns to his four rivals for the mayoral office.


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