Monday, October 22, 2012

Tales: The Murders in the Rue Morgue


(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.

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