Frankie Drake Mysteries

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Frankie Drake Mysteries
Created byCarol Hay
Michelle Ricci
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28
Production location(s)London, England
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)Shaftesbury Films
Original networkCBC (Canada)
13th Street (Australia)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 6, 2017 (2017-11-06) –
External links
Production website

Frankie Drake Mysteries is a Canadian drama, which premiered on CBC November 6, 2017. On April 5, 2018 the show was renewed for a second season of ten episodes. On March 25, 2019, the show was renewed for a third season of ten episodes.


Lauren Lee Smith portrays the fictional Frankie Drake, the first female private detective in 1920s Toronto, with Chantel Riley as her crime solving partner Trudy.[1][2]



  • Lauren Lee Smith as Frankie Drake, Toronto's first female private detective and the owner of Drake Private Detectives
  • Chantel Riley as Trudy Clarke, Frankie's partner and friend
  • Rebecca Liddiard as Mary Shaw, a morality officer in Toronto's police force who often helps Frankie with her cases
  • Sharron Matthews as Flo Chakowitz, a pathologist at the Toronto City Morgue


  • Wendy Crewson as Nora Amory, Frankie's mother and a con artist
  • Karen Robinson as Mildred Clarke, Trudy's mother
  • Grace Lynn Kung as Wendy Quon, the owner of Quon's Cafe, a speakeasy in the Ward that is frequented by the main cast
  • Romaine Waite as Bill Peters, a friend of Trudy's who works at city hall and helps the girls out with information at times
  • Emmanuel Kabongo as Moses Page (seasons 1 & 3), Frankie's boxing instructor and love interest
  • Anthony Lemke as Detective Grayson (season 2), recently transferred to the Toronto police and a thorn in Frankie's investigations
  • Richard Walters as Tickles Malone, a musician who Frankie bumps into at a different clubs around Toronto.



Season 1 (2017–2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Mother of Pearl"Ruba NaddaMichelle RicciNovember 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)
Frankie partners with a surprising ally when she's named as the number one suspect in a robbery that looks like the work of her dead father.
22"Ladies in Red"Ruba NaddaCal CoonsNovember 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)
Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists working for him, but things are not as they appear.
33"Summer in the City"Norma BaileyCarol HayNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)
When a dead body turns up in the luggage of a young man, the case brings Frankie and Trudy into Toronto's elite social circles.
44"Healing Hands"Sudz SutherlandAndrew Burrows-TrotmanNovember 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)
When Trudy gives shelter to a faith-healing preacher's daughter, she and Frankie find themselves investigating Toronto's Jazz scene.
55"Out of Focus"Sudz SutherlandJohn CallaghanDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)
Frankie and Trudy go undercover in the glamorous world of film in order to solve a seemingly impossible murder on a silent movie set.
66"Whisper Sisters"Leslie HopeAdriana MaggsDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
After a shooting injures the young son of a friend, Frankie and Trudy's investigation leads them into the dangerous world of bootlegging.
77"Ties That Bind"Eleanor LindoCarol HayJanuary 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)
Mary recruits Frankie and Trudy to find a missing teacher, but their investigation leads them to family secrets, Chinatown and murder.
88"The Pilot"Leslie HopeCarol HayJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)
A day off turns into a day at the office for Frankie and Trudy when the infant son of a charismatic aviator is kidnapped during an air show.
99"Ghosts"Peter StebbingsIan CarpenterJanuary 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)
The horrors of war haunt Frankie when an investigation into a soldier's murder reunites her with a friend left traumatised by his tour of duty.
1010"Anastasia"Cal CoonsMichelle RicciJanuary 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)
Frankie is hired to confirm the identity of a young woman claiming to be a Russian princess and protect her from those who want her dead.
1111"Once Burnt Twice Spied"Peter StebbingsMichelle RicciFebruary 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)
When Frankie gets a mysterious call from a British spy, Mary discovers how she and Trudy met, and how Drake Private Detectives was formed.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
121"The Old Switcheroo"Ruba NaddaCarol HaySeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)[A]
Nora has a legitimate job at the Toronto Museum, where an old enemy of Frankie's tries to pull a con job and almost pulls a con on Nora herself. In the end, Frankie goes to the United States to meet up a famous archeologist to get some information. Meanwhile, Flo and Mary unite to find out the truth about a mysterious man involved in a seemingly straight-up death.
132"Last Dance"Ruba NaddaJames HurstOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)[B]
A case of mistaken identity has a diabetic man kidnapped during a dance marathon. Frankie meets Detective Grayson for the first time. The accidental kidnapped victim is diabetic is on a ticking clock to get a newly invented medication, called insulin.
143"Radio Daze"Cal CoonsRuba NaddaOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)
A producer of a local radio station tries to use it as a cover to pull a bank job, but Mary figures it out and tries to warn Frankie. Frankie and Trudy figure it out and rush to the bank to stop the thieves.
154"Emancipation Day"Ruba NaddaAndrew Burrows-TrotmanOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)
Marcus Garvey is in town the lend his support to a fundraiser for a black girls orphanage and at the same time offers a Trudy a job in Chicago. Flo and Mary take a trip to a NY police station, where there meet a female police officer, which leaves them in awe.
165"Dressed to Kill"Sudz SutherlandJessie GabeOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)
Coco Chanel hires Frankie, while visiting Toronto, when someone tries to shoot her, since the police don't take it seriously. A local gossip columnist in the Toronto Star called Lipstick, writes about the stuff happening before Coco's fashion show and it turns out Lipstick is none other than Nora.
176"Extra Innings"Sudz SutherlandJohn CallaghanOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)
A female baseball player is killed while playing, Frankie finds out that the woman was being paid to throw the game. Mary joins the team to help solve the murder, while Frankie meets Bessie Starkman, who runs illegal sports betting.
187"50 Shades of Greyson"Cal CoonsJessie GabeNovember 5, 2018 (2018-11-05)
Mary suspects Detective Greyson of hiding evidence and decides to spy on him on her own, only to get caught by Greyson himself and fired instead. Turns out the case is familiar to Greyson because it's familiar to one at his old precinct. Turns out the one of the killers is someone from Mary's past.
198"Diamonds are a Gal's Best Friend"Peter StebbingsCarol HayNovember 12, 2018 (2018-11-12)
A famous diamond is stolen and Frankie and Trudy are on the case, with some help from Nora. The young woman who the their thinks saw him, is put under hidden away with Nora, who teaches the art of dramatic flair and being a con artist.
209"Dealer's Choice"Ruba NaddaJohn CallaghanNovember 19, 2018 (2018-11-19)
Frankie and Trudie agree with help a young man get his pocket watch stolen, which has sentimental value, which takes them to Bessie Starkman's casino. Bessie isn't happy to see Frankie, but admits her casino has been robbed at gunpoint a few times. The two women agree to help each other out and in the end find out it's someone unexpected.
2110"Now You See Her"Ruba NaddaJames HurstNovember 26, 2018 (2018-11-26)
Frankie goes undercover as a magician's assistant, when his first assistant dies in a magic act gone wrong. Even though Frankie is outed, she keeps investigating until the real killer is found and the magician is kicked out of the club for not having original acts of his own.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
221"No Friends Like Old Friends"Ruba NaddaCarol HaySeptember 16, 2019 (2019-09-16)
Agatha Christie helps Frankie solve the disappearance and poisoning of an old friend of hers, from the war, while Frankie is visiting in England. Trudie and the gang help Frankie out at home, while dealing with leaky plumbing.
232"Counterpunch"Mina ShumJohn Callaghan and Keri FerenczSeptember 23, 2019 (2019-09-23)
Frankie steps into the boxing ring to stop illegal boxing and meets up with her old friend Moses Page.
243"School Ties, School Lies"Rubba NadaJennifer KassabianSeptember 30, 2019 (2019-09-30)
A favourite teacher at a private school is killed and Frankie is hired to find the killer.
254"A Brother in Arms"Mina ShumKaren Hill and Ley LukinsOctober 7, 2019 (2019-10-07)
Frankie discovers her long lost half brother, who asks her help in exonerating a condemned friend.
265"Things Better Left Dead"Rubba NaddaCal CoonsOctober 14, 2019 (2019-10-14)
Frankie investigates a murder involving a medium she suspects to be a con artist.
276"Life on the Line"Stephen ReizesKeri FerenczOctober 28, 2019 (2019-10-28)
287"Out on a Limb"Ruba NaddaCarol HayNovember 4, 2019 (2019-11-04)
298"Ward of the Roses"Stephen ReizesAndrew Burrows-TrotmanNovember 11, 2019 (2019-11-11)
309"A History of Violins[3]"TBATBANovember 25, 2019 (2019-11-25)


The series was created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci; both women also served as writers and producers and previously worked on Murdoch Mysteries together.[4][5] It is produced by Shaftesbury Films.[6] Peter Mitchell took over as showrunner from James Hurst for season three.

On April 5, 2018 the show was renewed for a second season of ten episodes. On March 25, 2019, the show was renewed for a third season of ten episodes.[7]

The third season premiere was filmed in England, Honeysuckle Weeks playing the role of famous British author, Agatha Christie.[8]


UK's Alibi aired the second season starting January 21, 2019 and season three coming in 2020.
Ovation aired season one starting June 15, 2019, with plans to air season two at a future date.[9][10] The show has also been picked up in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[11]


Title Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Extras Discs
Season One May 8, 2018 May 9, 2018 (also Blu-ray, Region B locked) June 27, 2018 N/A N/A
Season Two June 25, 2019 April 8, 2019 (also Blu-ray, Region B locked) June 26, 2019 N/A N/A


The series has received generally positive reviews since its release.[12] John Doyle of The Globe and Mail remarked "it's a hoot and as silly as all get-out," and concluded that "thanks to its charm and the frocks, skirts, suits and, well, the gorgeous furniture, it's frightfully good entertainment."[13] Johanna Schneller of the Toronto Star wrote that "the messaging in CBC series sometimes hits you over the head, but it's fun to watch women run their own show."[5]


  1. ^ The Old Switcheroo", season 2, episode 1, was preempted from the September 24, 2018 in New Brunswick due to provincial elections. Instead it aired on October 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm AT.
  2. ^ "Last Dance", season 2, episode 2, was preempted from the October 1, 2018 in Quebec due to provincial elections.


  1. ^ "The TV home of Murdoch Mysteries is getting a new detective drama". Toronto Star, April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Shaftesbury".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Female-detective drama 'Frankie Drake Mysteries' set to debut on CBC". National Post. November 3, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Schneller, Johanna (November 12, 2017). "In Frankie Drake Mysteries, some characters get a chance to sashay". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "CBC greenlights Shaftesbury’s Frankie Drake". Playback, April 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "CBC announces first round of renewals for the 2019-20 season". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "'Frankie Drake Mysteries' Heads To London For Season 3, Honeysuckle Weeks To Guest Star". Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ovation Sets Premiere Dates for "Murdoch Mysteries" and "Frankie Drake Mysteries"". Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "U.S. Deal for Frankie Drake Mysteries". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Frankie Drake | TV, eh?". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "CBC's Frankie Drake Mysteries is fabulously fun Canadian content". Retrieved December 16, 2017.

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