Summer in the City is the third episode in Season 1 of the Frankie Drake Mysteries series. It first aired on November 20, 2017.

Plot synopsis

After the discovery of a body in a young man's luggage, Frankie and Trudy team up with a reporter to clear the young man's name.

Character Revelations

  • Frankie Drake was in the Signal Corps during WWI.
  • Trudy Clarke sings like a professional with ease.
  • "Hemmy" is the nickname reporter Hemingway goes by.
  • Frankie's first rule of being a private detective: no one needs to know anything.
  • Frankie and Moses are more than friends and sparing partners.


  • Frankie and Trudy go undercover as a reporter and chanteuse
  • Frankie suggests to Eric Morrison that maybe he can put his acting skills to use again.
  • First appearance of Wendy Quon of Quon's cafe.
  • Trudy sees the way Hemmy looks at Frankie and tells him a little secret about Frankie Drake, "A relationship with her can be very complicated."

Historical Reference

  • Ernest Hemingway, a Toronto Star reporter.
  • Jack Dempsey was ranked second only to Babe Ruth among the great American sports icons of the 1920s. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954. 
  • Mauritania (1906-1935) transatlantic passenger liner of the Cunard Line, called the “Grand Old Lady of the Atlantic.” 
  • Havana, Cuba, in the 1920s was one of the world's most beautiful cities with a thriving economy and a cosmopolitan culture that became the playground for those could afford the high life. In 1940, Ernest Hemingway buys his home, Finca Vigía, in San Francisco de Paula, now a Hemingway museum.


  • For nearly two centuries, locals have flocked to the beautiful Toronto Island . In the 1920s, the Islands were a hot spot with an amusement park and stadium; Babe Ruth hit his first career home rum from Hanlan’s Point Stadium into the waters of Lake Ontario



Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

Grace Lynn Kung as Wendy Quon
Steve Lund as Ernest Hemingway
Emmanuel Kabongo as Moses Page
Romaine Waite as Bill Peters

Guest Cast

William Melling as Eric Morrison
John Ralston as Donald Adams
Bracken Burns as Rose Adams
Gregg Lowe as Archie
Nic Rhind as Peter Bennett
Derek Moran as John Russell
Caitlin Robson as Waitress
Julia Juhas as Hostess

Non-credited Cast


Season 1 Episodes Guide
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