(originally published December 1840 in Graham’s Magazine)
Possibly the first-ever of the detective genre, this tale introduces the first-ever fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, who would later inspire both the characters of Sherlock Holmes and of Hercule Poirot. In the story, Dupin investigates and solves the dual-murder of a mother and her daughter.
Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.
The crime-fiction read-along on the Soho Press blog discussed this tale earlier in the year, including some interesting background about the man Dupin is based on.