Alas, this unfortunately was anything but a Modern Detective story. Poe is mostly remembered for his horror and/or plain weird stories and not as a writer of detective stories and after reading this Little Black Classic it is easy to see why.
His literary detective solves crimes from his armchair, discussing the case based on newspaper articles and lengthy monologues. If this sounds interesting then try it, by all means. I couldn’t help but compare to another 19th Century fictional detective and think this missed a certain flair.
Nevertheless the murders discussed were intriguing cases – even if the detective was not.
A Modern Detective (Little Black Classics #93) – Edgar Allen Poe