The Brokenwood Mysteries

10 Best Episodes of The Brokenwood Mysteries

In a seemingly quiet country town the newest resident, Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd, finds that murder lurks in even the most homely location.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 12, 2023.

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The Brokenwood Mysteries - S7E6

#15 - Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson (Season 7 - Episode 6)

When Mike mysteriously leaves Brokenwood on other police business, Kristin is left to lead the investigation into a 1970s party where several party-goers wind up dead.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 75 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S8E4

#14 - Three Coins in a Fountain (Season 8 - Episode 4)


When the world champion of the curious sport of Spoofing is found dead in a fountain, the Brokenwood detectives must determine who was willing to commit murder in order to win at all costs.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 59 votes.

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#13 - Case Ten: Over Her Dead Body (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Brokenwood is in mourning as beloved local poet Declan O’Grady is being farewelled at St Judas Church after being struck down by cancer. But things go from bad to worse when his coffin accidentally falls from the hearse revealing that the corpse inside is not Declan but a young woman identifiable only by a notable scarlet tattoo.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 140 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S8E1

#12 - From the Cradle to the Grave (Season 8 - Episode 1)


Mike Shepherd and the team get a lesson in local history when the Brokenwood museum uncovers a dead body in the most unlikely of places.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 70 votes.

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#11 - As If Nothing Had Happened (Season 4 - Episode 4)

Sunset Manor is a rest home in Brokenwood for the aged and bewildered. The new resident is Edward Alderston. Having recently lost his wife, his family has decided Sunset Manor is the best place for him, especially now that the Alzheimer’s is taking hold. Mrs Marlowe is a regular visitor, offering sing-alongs at the piano for the residents. But Edward is hoping for more of an ally than that. He’s planning an escape. In fact he’s been practicing. The only problem is he can’t remember the plan. But when a man is found with a Samurai sword through his back floating in his swimming pool in the neighbouring street, Edward’s exact whereabouts becomes of real importance.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 107 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S8E5

#10 - Good as Gold (Season 8 - Episode 5)


A 160-year-old family feud over gold becomes the main motive for murder when a modern-day cowgirl is gunned down in cold blood.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 61 votes.

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#9 - The Witches of Brokenwood (Season 7 - Episode 2)

The Brokenwood Health Retreat proves rather unhealthy for one unfortunate visitor, leaving the team of detectives with a very tricky case to solve.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 76 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S7E5

#8 - Exposed to the Light (Season 7 - Episode 5)


A fundraising evening at the historic Brokenwood Empire Cinema turns deadly when a fire breaks out, and when the smoke clears, a local businessman is found strangled.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 79 votes.

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#7 - The Scarecrow (Season 4 - Episode 3)

Philip Henderson stands next to an impressive scarecrow amidst a field of damaged vegetation. His whole crop has failed. The scarecrow may have kept the birds away but this catastrophe is something bigger. Angered and distraught, he confronts his neighbour, the cantankerous Doug Randall, and accuses him of spray drift. Doug is having none of it and an ugly altercation ensues. The following day Philip is discovered dead in his field – the victim of an obscure poison. Suspicion falls on Doug and his new wife, the strident and doggedly loyal Trudy Neilson, whom it was well known had ongoing tensions with Philip over an unpaid bar tab at her pub, The Toad and Lion. But as Mike and the team dig further into the mystery, more suspects come into play. Philip’s other neighbour is the cagey Tamati Taylor, who is less than forthcoming, but as it transpires Philip had a twin brother. Why does he seem remarkably unmoved by the death of his sibling?

The episode was rated 7.80 from 109 votes.

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#6 - Bride Not To Be (Season 5 - Episode 2)


The Cream Boat is a charming vessel that chugs its way up the scenic Brokenwood waterways. It carries sightseers and Christmas parties and often Hen Parties. Professional tennis player, Ophelia Marley, is one such lucky Hen. Her Bridesmaids have organised a big day migrating from the township via the Cream Boat to the Tidal View Lodge where they stay overnight.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 90 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S6E1

#5 - The Power of Steam (Season 6 - Episode 1)

Mike and his team are taken into a world of Victorian dress-up and escapism when they investigate a murder at the Brokenwood Steampunk event.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 90 votes.

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#4 - Dead and Buried (Season 6 - Episode 4)


Some familiar faces return when the team investigates a suspicious suicide at the Brokenwood Women’s Prison.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 80 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S6E2

#3 - A Real Page Turner (Season 6 - Episode 2)

World-renowned crime-writing author Jack Rudd visits Brokenwood to give a reading at the local book club from his latest novel - but never leaves, falling victim to a method of murder portrayed in his own book.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 86 votes.

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#2 - Dog Day Morning (Season 7 - Episode 3)


When four masked men attempt to rob the Brokenwood Savings Bank, it's up to Mike and the team to determine which one of them pulled the trigger and killed the bank manager.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 72 votes.

The Brokenwood Mysteries - S6E3

#1 - Dead Men Don't Shoot Ducks (Season 6 - Episode 3)

When an animal activist is killed on the first day of duck hunting season, Mike and the team must determine whether it was an accidental shooting, or something more sinister

The episode was rated 8.10 from 86 votes.

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