Agatha Christie was a behemoth book writer. She is the best-selling author of ALL TIME, with anywhere from 2-4 BILLION copies of her books in print. Her most popular book, “And Then There Were None” has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and is considered the most successful mystery novel of all time. Yes – Agatha Christie was a mystery writer. But it wasn’t enough for her to write mysteries on the page: this heaux wanted to create them in real life.
On December 3rd, 1926, Agatha goes upstairs to kiss her daughter goodnight. She goes back down stairs, climbs into her car, and drives off. When her car is found abandoned in a roadside ditch the following day, people completely lose their shit. Over 1,000 police offices, 15,000 volunteers, and a fleet of aeroplanes are deployed in the search for Agatha. Her disappearance makes international headlines. Her photograph is published on page 1 of the New York Times. For 11 days, no one catches sight or word of Agatha. Speculation runs rampant. Some believe the entire thing is a publicity stunt; others think that her philandering husband murdered her; still others believe that following the death of her mother and her husband’s affair, she simply lost her mind and ran away.
On Day 11, the police receive a phone call from a musician in Harrogate, claiming that he has seen Agatha alive and well at the Swan Hydro Hotel…!
If you want to know how this mystery ends, you’ll have to listen to “Episode 18 – Solved Mysteries.”
In the Sisterhood’s most depressing episode, Melissa tells the story of Nelly Sachs, a Nazi Germany survivor who went on to win the Noble Prize in literature. Nelly’s story is much like you’d expect, concentration camps, death, loss of loved ones, and sorrow. Nelly and her mother were lucky to board the last flight from Nazi Germany to Sweden a week before they were scheduled to report to a concentration camp. While ‘lucky’ really isn’t the best choice of words, her survival inspired her to produce poetry and plays that spoke for all those that were silenced due to their untimely persecution during the Holocaust.
Nelly made it her life’s mission to create art by telling raw, unfiltered stories about the horrors of the death camps. Her work is considered a combination of mourning and memory, while most pieces conclude with themes of forgiveness. In 1961, Nelly became the inaugural winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize, a literary prize awarded by the German city of Dortmund that was named in her honor. She also accepted the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 1965, from the country in which she fled. A year later, she won the Nobel Prize on her 75h birthday, telling the audience “I represent the tragedy of the Jewish people.”
Don’t let the darker tone of this episode deter you from listening. While her story is tragic, Nelly represents strength, bravery, and determination to stand up for her people and be a voice that refuses to hide social injustice under the rug.
Learn more about her life in “Episode 18 – Solved Mysteries”.