Abbreviation: LADY (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,740 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, December 1911; American Magazine, December 1911
A note on the title: In full, "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax"—though it appeared in the American Magazine in 1911 as simply "The Disappearance of Lady Carfax"
Underneath the mystery in this tale is what purports to be a story of true love, a story that resembles "The Devil's Foot" but with a happier ending. Through no fault of his own, "Holy Peters" is guilty of no murder, though certainly of a few other offences. Do these compromises with tragedy and death weaken the story or strengthen it?