by Luaine Lee

We’ve pored over majestic murder mysteries from our former fatherland, Britain, like “Foyle’s War,” “Poirot,” “Vera,” “George Gently,” and we’ve cottoned onto Aussie detectives like “Jack Irish,” Sam Callaghan from “Serangoon Road” and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”

Oscar Kightley and Sam Neill

The Kiwis are now competing with the Brits and the Australians for some spot-on mysteries. One of them is “Harry,” starring Oscar Kightley (left) and an old-favorite, Sam Neill. the mystery series begins streaming on Acorn.TV June 1.

Now the New Zealanders are getting into the act with “The Brokenwood Mysteries” streaming on Acorn.TV and “Harry,” starring an American favorite, Sam Neill and Oscar Kightley.  Kightley plays a cop haunted by his wife’s sudden death who returns to work early only to face the task of solving a pointless homicide.  The six-parter begins streaming on Acorn.TV June 1.  Acorn offers a 30-day free trial at

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