The Murders in the Rue Morgue & The Mystery of Marie Rogêt by Edgar Allan Poe
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Considered to be the first literary detective, C. Auguste Dupin turns his deductive skills to solving two seemingly un-solvable mysteries. In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” Dupin must deduce the identity of the murderer of Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter despite contradictory witnesses and puzzling evidence. In “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” Dupin again uses his skills to discover the identity of the murderer of Marie Rogêt, whose body has been discovered in the Seine River.

A pioneer of the short story genre, Poe’s stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the mysterious. His better-known stories include “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”.

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, and critic.  Best known for his macabre prose work, including the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his writing has influenced literature in the United States and around the world. Visit him online at Avi is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery medal winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead. He has won two Newbery Honors and many other awards for his fiction. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at
Published May 28, 2013 by HarperPerennial Classics. 25 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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