The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is the tenth story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Lord Robert St. Simon seeks Sherlock Holmes’ help in the disappearance of his wife, Hatty Doran, on their wedding day. It is after the wedding, at the reception, when she goes missing. Just prior to the wedding breakfast, a disturbance is caused by a woman who says she has a claim upon Lord St. Simon. The matter appears to be dealt with, but the bride leaves early and retires to her room. And yet, she is almost immediately seen leaving the house, after which no-one sees her again.
What has happened to her? Where has she gone? And most importantly, why did she leave in the first place?
Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters.
An interesting, if not the most memorable story in the collection. The story centres around a fairly common practice of the time: English noble strapped for cash marries wealthy American in search of title. Of course, this isn’t a love match, but neither does anyone expect the bride to disappear right after the ceremony.
One of the entertaining highlights of the story is the verbal sparring between Lestrade and Holmes. On the one hand the Scotland Yard detective’s assumption sounds reasonable, even logical, but Sherlock is quick to point out the error of his ways.
There are enough clues littered throughout the story for the reader to figure this mystery out (which I did) before the answer is revealed, which is half the fun.