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Tea-time with Frankie Drake

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I’m sticking to my idea of dropping out of Facebook between 5 and 6.30 PM, and my levels of stress are dropping fast. Just give a wide berth to the socials as people get out of work and pour their frustration online, that’s the trick.

During these 90 minutes of freedom, I’m checking my mail, listening to some music, and maybe watching some TV show. I went through YouTube’s Origin in a week, and right now I’ve found another thing that keeps me happy while I detox from the socials: it’s called Frankie Drake Mysteries, and it’s just my cup of tea.

Which is quite fitting, considering I’m watching it at tea-time, or thereabouts.

The series is being produced in Canada – two seasons so far, I hope for more – by the same team that produces the Murdoch Mysteries, the steampunkish historical mystery series set in turn-of-the-century Toronto. The Frankie Drake mysteries are set about twenty years later, again in Toronto, and feature a female detective, the eponymous Frankie Drake, as portrayed by the gorgeous Lauren Lee Smith.

And indeed, there’s even one of Murdoch’s characters that makes an appearance once in a while, signalling us the two series are actually set in the same narrative universe.
Is there any hope for some pulp/dieselpunk counterpart to Murdoch’s steampunk references? I certainly hope so.

My sort of character.

The series feels a lot like “the Canadian Miss Fisher” – and the ingredients are basically the same: an independent and anti-conformist woman working as a PI in the 1920s, a varied cast of characters, off-beat mysteries.
But really, could anybody complain about more Miss Fisher-like stories?

Much more than the Murdoch Mysteries (that I do like a lot), Frankie Drake’s stories push all my buttons: strong female lead, the 1920s, jazz music, mysteries and murders, the right amount of tongue-in-cheek…

The acting is good, the music is fun, the series looks like a million dollars. What else could someone ask for while taking a much needed break?
Check this one out – you’ll probably like it.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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