Mother of Pearl is the first episode in Season 1 of the Frankie Drake Mysteries series. It premiered on November 6, 2017.

It is the first of the 11 episodes Season 1 of this historical crime drama about the Drake Private Detectives, an only all-female detective agency, in Toronto, circa 1920s.

Plot Synopsis

After she becomes a suspect in a jewelry heist, Frankie is forced to partner with an unlikely ally.

Character Revelations

Historical References

  • Cupping is an ancient Oriental treatment for congestion of the lungs and other aliments. It involves a heated cup placed on the skin to create a partial vacuum, drawing up the underlying tissues. After a few moments, the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin.  
  • After the war, Ernest Hemingway returned home in 1919. A family friend offered him a job in Toronto. He began as a freelancer, staff writer, and foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star Weekly. When he returned to Michigan the following summer and then to Chicago in September 1920, while still filing stories for the Toronto Star.
  • Howard Carter (1874-1939) was a British archaeologist and Egyptologist who became world-famous after discovering the tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun in 1922.



Main Cast

Lauren Lee Smith as Frankie Drake
Chantel Riley as Trudy Clarke
Rebecca Liddiard as Mary Shaw
Sharron Matthews as Flo

Recurring Cast

Steve Lund as Ernest Hemingway

Guest Cast

Wendy Crewson as Nora Amory
Derek McGrath as Abraham Amory
Sean Sullivan as Morris Flynn
Eugene Clark as Jack Porter
Robert Clarke as Crosby
Bo Martin as Secretary
Sai Yin Cheung as Elderly Chinese Cupper

Non-credited Cast


Season 1 Episodes Guide
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