“As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles.”

The Murders in the Rue Morgue


Today is the anniversary of the first publication of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841. The story is regarded as the first “proper” detective story, introducing C. Auguste Dupin to the world. An early practitioner of Holmes and Poirot’s methods (the detecting is mostly done with the ‘little grey cells), he would go on to feature in two more stories, and Poe would have set the standard for detective stories to come.


I reviewed the book here, and highly recommend it (and anything else Poe wrote!). Only be very careful that the edition you choose has a plain cover that doesn’t give the game away…