Although Edgar Allan Poe is best known for works stemming from the horror genre, he also wrote what many consider to be the first detective story recorded in American literature – The Murders in the Rue Morgue.  Subsequent publications by other detective writers followed, with perhaps the most famous of these being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes.  The Holmes character was inspired by Poe’s fictional detective, C. Auguste  Dupin, the crime-solving guru from The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Whodunit mysteries are a popular genre among many readers, and from greats such as Agatha Christie, to Gillian Flynn, to Dennis Lehane, we as fans of these books have been entertained, and teased, to a highly pleasurable degree of enjoyable frustration as we try to figure out the identity of the murderer.

I hope that for any readers of my whodunit mystery, You Say Goodbye, the fun of channeling one’s inner sleuth is met and the lessons I learned as a reader of these aforementioned great authors is achieved.


  1. Poe was an amazing short story writer. He did give us the first modern detective stories as well as horror. He was also an accomplished poet. As a teacher, I found my high students relating well to his work. I always keep in mind his literary insight that short stories need focus.

    1. Jaqueline, I appreciate your comments, especially from an author with a high school teaching background as well. In a previous blog on Poe that I wrote for another website, the one that received the most comments by far was a piece that detailed Poe’s ongoing popularity with the Goth community, so if any of your students have an association with them you probably had their undivided attention.

    1. Thank you, your review of my post is genuinely gratifying. With the re-release of my supernatural thriller, The Poe Consequence, set for March 28th, perhaps you’ll download a sample to see if the story interests you.

  2. Hello, Ardella,

    I’m unsure as to whether your email was meant for me. If so, I’m unclear as to what you mean by ‘starting a new scheme’ and to how that applies to my blog post on Edgar Allan Poe. I ask that you write back to clarify.

    Thank you,

    Keith Steinbaum

  3. Hello, Eboni,

    I’m very appreciative that you enjoyed the information I provided and, yes, I will continue to provide further posts for both books I’ve written so far. I’m always open to suggestions as to topics that pertain to my books so feel free to write back if you have ideas.

  4. Hello, Delta,

    It’s a great feeling to know that my post moved you enough to take the time to write your message and, of course, that the topic was near to your heart. Perhaps that means that you are a fan of not just Poe, but mysteries in general, or maybe the history of Poe fascinates you as much as me. His legacy is one of a highly unsettled but brilliant creative force in American literature, including his groundbreaking whodunit mystery, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Thank you for your message and feel free to write back any time.

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