There is a “key” story that links Pera Palace Hotel which stands in the most beautiful corner of Istanbul for more than 120 years, and world-renowned crime writer Agatha Christie… This mystifying “key” story is worth knowing, even though it has emerged after the death of the author and is shelved without being fully resolved. In this article, we will share the details of this mysterious story. If you’re interested in the story of the famous author Agatha Christie’s lost 11 days in Istanbul and the story of her secret key, continue reading!
World’s most prominent detective novelist Agatha Christie whose works has been translated into 45 different languages and come third in the rankings of the world’s most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare’s works and the Bible. She always chooses to be intertwined with secrets throughout her life and released one of the secrets of her in Istanbul and managed to attract the whole world for a while.
Agatha Christie was one of the most famous guests of the Pera Palace Hotel which is the first modern hotel in Istanbul and hosted the most notable people of a period. The writer stayed many times in room 411 between 1926 and 1932 and even wrote her famous novel The Murder on the Orient Express. This acclaimed novel has broken sales records and has also been the subject of movies.
As for the mysterious story of Agatha Christie. Christie disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her car, a Morris Cowley, was later found at Newlands Corner, perched above a chalk quarry, with an expired driving license and clothes. Her disappearance created an outcry from the public. Then, suddenly, Christie showed up, and made no statements to anyone related to the period when she was lost! Even Christie’s autobiography addresses no reference to her disappearance.
Many different scenarios were presented at the time about the 11 missing days of Christie, but no one knows the truth, as it is today. After Christie’s death, the popular film company, Warner Bros. wants to film her mysterious story. However, because they do not have enough information, they decide to get help from a psychic. A famous psychic Tamara Rand is assigned to call the author’s soul to get information. Then, she tells the film company that the secret of her 11 lost days is hidden in the Pera Palace Hotel. According to the psychic’s claim, during the seance, she witnessed Christie hide a key under the floorboards in her room. Although not definite information, it is said that the key hidden at the Pera Palace opens a room in the mansion of the hotel owner Misbah Muhayyeş at Yeniköy, and there is a notebook in the room recorded all the details of her 11 lost days.
After this conspicuous claim, the eye of the whole world is turned into Agatha Christie’s room 411 at Pera Palace Hotel, is still now a wonder of the world. After a while, the key is found where the medium describes it! Once the key is discovered, a never-ending struggle begins between the hotel management and the film company.
According to the psychic, the only way to unravel the mystery is that the key must be delivered to her. However, the hotel management and the movie studio could not reach an agreement on the price to be paid for the key. After many years of going between the two sides, the key is delivered to the case of a bank to be hidden there.
As a result; the mystery of the famous writer Agatha Christie is still waiting to be revealed as a secret. Although it is said that a second key appeared in another room in the hotel, perhaps the most exciting story of the famous author is remaining somewhere to meet her readers!