Touted as the first-ever detective story, Poe's classic "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" centers on Parisian C. Auguste Dupin, who lays down the framework for future fictional detectives, most notably good ol' Sherlock Holmes, in this masterfully weaved tale.
The tale's narrator is the basis of all future Watson-like characters, the storyteller and a sounding-board for the more brilliant detective, and analytical genius, Dupin. The pair read about a murder nearby: Madame L’Espanaye and her daughter, Mademoiselle Camille, have both been killed, and all of their money and belongings have been left in the house, ruling out robbery as a motive
The neighbors do have one insight into the grisly crime, however. They heard two voices in the apartment at the time of the murder, one which they assume to be French, and the other indefinably foreign. The police are befuddled, but Dupin swoops in and outwits them, deducing that the murderer is not a man at all but a...
Chill, we're not going to spoil the outrageous conclusion. We'll let you take on Poe's puzzle for yourself and see if you can match the analytical prowess of the Poe's detective.