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Los Crímenes de la calle Morgue

(C. Auguste Dupin #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  22,020 ratings  ·  932 reviews
Se produce el bárbaro asesinato de dos mujeres, madre e hija, en un apartamento de una populosa calle de París. Las primeras investigaciones no dan resultado alguno, evidenciándose la impotencia de la policía para esclarecer los hechos. Finalmente se hace cargo del asunto un detective aficionado, M. Dupin, que tras intensa y brillante investigación, ofrece una explicación ...more
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Published May 21st 2019 by WS (first published April 1st 1841)
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Javier Giménez If you want to put it in a 'box', I'd say it's every genre Sherlock Holmes is (and that's it)
"Detective Fiction", that would be. as a matter of fact…more
If you want to put it in a 'box', I'd say it's every genre Sherlock Holmes is (and that's it)
"Detective Fiction", that would be. as a matter of fact it's the first one ever written.(less)
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Bionic Jean
In these first five stories about Poe's detective Auguste Dupin, he establishes many of the traditions or motifs we know from classic detective fiction. The eccentric but brilliant detective who solves the mystery merely by analysing the facts from his armchair, the mystery of how a murder was committed in a closed room, laying a false trail with false clues or "red herrings" for the reader to follow are just three of his original tropes, which are now so familiar that they are almost cliches.

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Adina
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, stories
2.5*

A bit dry and moderately interesting. I definitely prefer Sherlock. Still, I gave it 3 stars for its historic value. It was probably the first detective story.
James
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Edgar Allan Poe was a brilliant author, who died too early; I can only imagine what his macabre mind would have dreamed had he not perished. In The Murders in the Rue Morgue, a short story first published in 1841, Poe introduces a detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, who will show up in a few later stories. Many future writers, (Dame Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) were influenced by this work in particular. It's quite possible the father of the detective story. A gory,
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J.L.   Sutton
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Known as the first modern detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a quick but fascinating read. What makes it interesting is that it is as much about Poe's detective, Dupin, and the workings of his mind as it is about the murders. Dupin's attitude (solving the gruesome murders as a form of amusement) both draws us in and repels us. I haven't read much from Poe for some time, but his work is definitely worth revisiting! 3.75 stars.
Peter
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I think this is one of the most brilliant detective stories ever written. Two ladies (mother and daughter L' Espanaye) are murdered in a house in Rue Morgue (Paris). But who did it? French Police arrests a suspect but did he really commit those heinous crimes? An independent gentleman named Dupin starts his investigations and draws stunning clues. Observation, facts and the combination of everything is his strength (he reminds me on a leaner version of Sherlock Holmes). Can he solve the horrible ...more
Michael
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has somewhat less emotional intensity than Poe's gothic horrors such as The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart. Yet that's perfectly appropriate, since this is a very different kind of story. In some ways it's the antithesis of the gothic, because here it is reason, not emotion, that's ascendant, that's the star of the show, so to speak. The trick for Poe is how to make it interesting nonetheless. He solves this conundrum by basically inventing the genre of detective fiction ...more
Aishu Rehman
Poe's story has one of the first "detective" in literature. M. Dupin looks at the situation, follows the clues, and comes up with the true murderer. Today, detectives supported their suppositions with fingerprints, DNA, and complicated lab procedures. It was interesting to see the murder solved by deduction.
Kaya
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.”

I was pleasantly surprised with this short story. The writing style was engaging and plot was fast-paced. I was consumed by the story without forming any connection with the narrator nor other characters, which personalities were almost non-existent, truth be told. The main strength is the plot, of course, with it's suspense keeping the reader on his toes.

This was th
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Luís C.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The story is told through an anonymous narrator. The narrator meets Monsieur Dupin in a bookstore and ends up becoming friends. Monsieur Dupin comes from an important and wealthy family, but he has almost nothing. The narrator, a man of wealth, rents a deserted mansion. He and the new friend agree to live together for as long as the narrator stays in Paris. Monsieur Dupin is a very intelligent man with a great analytical talent, able to know what someone is thinking
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Vanessa J.
I love mysteries, I really do, so of course I had to read this one. I mean, written by no other author than Poe and it is said Dupin was part of the inspiration of this man here:



How could I resist, then?

Part of why I love mysteries so much is because I get to have a role in the story. Obviously I cannot interfere in what the characters are doing, but I can be invested in what they're doing - by trying to find the answers, I mean.

Unfortunately for this story, I never really could play that part.
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Sophia
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the original detective stories, eventually inspiring the likes of Sherlock Holmes. It was not a bad story, and the murderer in the end was one that I didn't see coming however the beginning, the prologue, was way too long. It was describing the way one might analyse a person but it took like 11 pages to do it! Once it got into the actual story, it was quicker to get through, although the sentence structure and certain words are not like what we use today and that made it slightly ...more
Cláudia
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, and easily read.
A true classic, this little mystery is considered to be the first ever 'detective story', and you can definitely tell. It's very analytical, with the story element lacking a bit in substance, instead consisting mostly of a torrent of theories and guesses. It's the author trying something new and different, something that was later perfected by Arthur Conan Doyle, by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and others from the 20s - the 'Golden Age' of crime fiction -, all the
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Heidi
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-horror
We can all thank Edgar Allen Poe for publishing the granddaddy of mysteries... Poe and Agatha Christie instilled a love for mysteries that continues to this day.
Brian
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
2nd read, 6/2017. Superb. Poe gives birth to the detective story.
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This being only the fourth or fifth of Poe I've read, I confess I found it a difficult piece. I can't see modern readers liking this, only because summary abounds and dialogue commands. Much of the beginning went over my head, but I got the point- this detective talks and thinks like a genius. I loved the writing. Poe claims fame even in elementary schools and I start to learn why. His skills excel. The man had a unique and
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Connie G
C. Auguste Dupin solves a double murder in Poe's first detective story. An unnamed narrator is amazed by Dupin's analytic skills (similar to the later Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot). The story is far-fetched, but entertaining. I would never have guessed the identity of the shrill-voiced perpetrator.
Matt
Once you know who done it (that is, upon re-reading after 40+ years), I regretfully find that the story falls flat – and Dupin is a smug fella.
Ook!
Sue K H
3.5 stars

I loved the beginning of this book with the argument of how draughts (checkers) requires more reflective intellect than chess. I adore this type of out of the box thinking and Poe makes a good case!

I also enjoyed the murder story all the way up to when it was solved. I didn't care for the ending otherwise this would have been 4 stars for me. It's definitely worth a read.

Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The much-hyped, greatly-revered “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” were a bitter disappointment.

The first and titular of the five short stories began with a long discussion of everything you never wanted to know about chess, simply to allow Poe to make clear the difference between observing and analysing. The case is outlined in the past tense, and solved immediately. There is no investigation, and none of the characters referred to actually appear. In fact, the long, repetitive and frankly monoton
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Jonnie
He impaired his vision by holding the object too close. He might see, perhaps, one or two points with unusual clearness, but in so doing he, necessarily, lost sight of the matter as a whole. Thus there is such a thing as being too profound."

The story opens with two ways of solving a problem. There's the chess player, who looks at all the pieces on the board and decides what to do next. Then there's the whist player, whose objective is to deduce what cards the other players are holding through ob
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Em*bedded-in-books*
Perhaps after reading complete Sherlock Holmes more than twice in childhood , and being exposed to crisper thrillers later on, found this one very insipid and Dupin didn't impress much, perhaps because I don't like gas bag detectives.. can just tolerate Poirot, but not Holmes.
The ending was not upto my expectations too.
Have tried and failed at Poe horrors, and Poe murder mystery seems the same.

So adieu, Poe.
Rita
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of anything written by Edgar Allan Poe that I didn't love.
Chaunceton Bird
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing's for sure, I did not see that coming.
Jim C
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is basically your locked room murder mystery and is considered the first modern detective story. After reading this short story, one can easily see the influence on authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie.

I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this short story. I am not the biggest fan of short stories as I would like to connect with the characters and that is difficult in a limited amount of time. This story isn't about the connection to the
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Sanjay Gautam
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. Astounding. Phenomenal.
Carla
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this one for uni and I really enjoyed it!
I had to fight the long paragraphs, yes. But I liked the criminalistic elements in this one!
The reveal was exciting and I liked the characters!
Bill
May 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I pretty much thought this one was stupid. The pretentiousness of the language actually made me laugh a few times and while I realize the historical significance of the work itself, it still failed for me on just about every level.
Stacy
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Conan Doyle repeatedly cited Poe as a creative inspiration in his writing - particularly Poe's detective stories which are widely considered to be the first ever detective stories (Wilkie Collins is also attributed this honor with his book The Moonstone, but that was published several years later). Though I had read a few of Poe's short stories for school while growing up, I had not read his detective stories and was surprised to think of him as writing such stories as I had always consig ...more
Marialyce
This was a very strange tale from a man we have all been made to believe was a very strange, sinister type person. Poe, contrary to his writings, seemed to have been a man of sensitivity, a man much in love with his young wife, a man whose life took many sad turns as well.

The protagonist, Dupin, a forerunner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, solves a very gruesome, mysterious case by the use of his intelligence and wit. The murderer turns out to be someone who the reader would never
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Walter Mendoza
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"The murders in the Rue Morgue" is a dark story of murders, an apartment destroyed, one mother and her daughter murdered, no one suspect, the police without solutions. But Dupin, a parisian gentleman, is an deduction master, and he works to solve the murders; observation, analysis, deduction.

I found this book to be very interesting, great Poe's work, I recommend this book.
Stephanie Anze
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"It will be found , in fact, that the ingenious, are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic."

On Rue Morgue, in an otherwise empty house, reside Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter, Mademoiselle Camille L'Espayane. When neighbours hear both ladies creaming, they run to their aid and find that both have been brutally killed. The police can not identify a motive or a suspect and all the witnesses can not agree on the language that they heard in the house or the shri
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The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of ...more

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