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The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
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Nov 05, 07

bookshelves: mysterygroupselections, classics
Recommended for: mystery lovers, those with logical brains, fans of Poe
Read in November, 2007

I am reading this book in conjunction with The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl for my reading group. Seeing as Pearl wrote the new introduction for this collection of stories, I'm excited about the pairing!
And now that I'm done with both the Poe Shadow and The Dupin Tales, I am Poe-d out. The Dupin tales were interesting, and 3 short stories I feel I should have read already (Murder at the Rue Morgue, The Perloined Letter and The Murder of Marie Roget). The long winded speeches by Dupin tended to get a little excessive but there are true gems of logical deduction in his speeches.
Also, in the day of Stephen King and the Saw movies, the Poe stories are a little antiquated and not the least bit scary or intense. At certain points the stories even started to border on tedious.
But, after reading the Poe Shadow, the two really are a great pairing together and really should be read in conjunction.
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