New Zealanders are calling this show "our own brand of Midsomer Murders." Like Midsomer, it's set in a quiet country town where murders shouldn't happen but do. Neill Rae (Scarfies) is enigmatic DSS Mike Shepherd, Fern Sutherland (The Almighty Johnsons) is his by-the-book partner, DC Kristin Sims, in this wry police procedural with eccentric characters, local color, and a sense of humor. Filmed in Auckland. 4 feature-length mysteries, 4 DVD or 2 Blu-ray discs, SDH.
Episode 1: Blood & Water
When the body of a local farmer is fished out of the river, Shepherd wonders if it was suicide, accidental death, or something more sinister. The man was a well-known drunk with a reputation for violence, and many in town might have a motive to do him harm. However, the inspector starts to believe the answer to the case may lie in an unsolved 10-year-old murder.
Episode 2: Sour Grapes
The morning after choosing the winner of the annual Brokenwood wine show, a guest judge is found dead in one of the loser's vats of fermenting Pinot noir. The vintner in question is more concerned with another "crime"--the tampering with her wine before the show. Shepherd and Sims suspect the same criminal was responsible for both offenses.
Episode 3: Playing the Lie
Four of the five committee members of Brokenwood Golf Club start on their regular morning round--only to find the horribly disfigured body of the fifth, in a bunker near the first green. Suspicion falls on the so-called Clubhouse Bandit, who has been stealing trophies from the club and is dating the dead woman's daughter. The detectives discover that the deceased inspired loyalty and loathing in equal measure.
Episode 4: Hunting the Stag
During a hunting trip, three friends set off in pursuit of a kill, but one of them ends up with a bullet in the head. Who fired the fatal shot? Or was there a fourth shooter? Although Shepherd and Sims find out the deceased's fiancee had been having a fling with his best man, one of her older relationships may hold the key to the killing.
- Interviews with the stars and head writer
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 376 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1080p/16:9
Audio format: 2.0 DTS-HD MA