HISTORY OF THE MYSTERY 1841
Edgar Allen Poe
When he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1941) he introduced the first fictional detective as a main character in a story. Because of this Poe is considered the father of the mystery story. He wrote about the same fictional detective in similar novels like "The Mystery of Marie Roget" (1842) and "The Purloined Letter" (1845).
His stories focused on unraveling the mystery, using intellectual, and looking at the criminal's motivation. Poe was influenced by the early work of Charles Dickens.
YOUR INVESTIGATION: What was the name of Poe's first fictional detective?
ANSWER: Auguste C. Dupin