The Purloined Letter
Edgar Allan Poe
Around 30 pages
When I first read this story (which would have been two or three years ago), I was shocked. I couldn't believe that Poe had copied Sherlock Holmes do obviously in his main character, Dupin. However, after a quick date check, I realized it was the other way around. Oh well. Both characters make for great stories and Poe is always fun, especially with Halloween coming up.
A letter with "comprising" information is stolen from a woman by an evil minister. It is up to Sher-Auguste Dupin to solve the case!
I have read quite a few Dupin stories and this is probably my favorite so hurray for the List Makers (although I am still am a bit sore about the last entry).
It is inevitable, though, to compare Holmes and Dupin and I definitely think that Holmes comes out on top. His observations are a bit more interesting and the dialogue is better. Still, this story can hold its own and it is a fast read. Sorry for the short review but lots of posts to do today!
Extremely similar to Doyle's story The Second Stain.
Poe's favorite Dupin detective story.
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