The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

The Mystery of Marie Rogêt is the second of Poe’s three detective stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin, and is often subtitled A Sequel to “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”.  Poe’s detective character C. Auguste Dupin and his associate the unnamed narrator undertake the unsolved murder of a perfume shop employee Marie Rogêt who’s body is discovered  in the river Seine.  The media take a keen interest in the mystery when the Parisian police fail to establish any leads to the murderer, and when tabloid speculation reaches its height the famous detective is called in to assist.  Dupins analytical skills help

I found it long, tedious, and boring, which is such a shame because I really did try to enjoy it.  I am a huge fan of Poe’s works that I have read so far and I do understand what he was striving for with this story.  This is the first murder mystery based on the details of a real crime, the murder of Mary Cecilia Rogers of New York City. Poe changed names and places, in many ways reminiscent to the  TV show Criminal minds and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) who profile the criminal rather than the crime itself.  The detective who solves cases from newspaper articles, police statements and sometimes second-hand accounts without ever visiting the crime scenes himself, was aiming at the fantastical mind of Dupins analytical power.  However this did not translate this way to me and it felt more like I was reading about a man who was reading the papers.  I am in no ways saying this to disparage Poe’s work, it is a magnificent piece of work and gave rise to a whole school of detective fiction novels, but it lacked sprit and I found it exceedingly difficult to absorb.

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