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Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" -- first detective story

1841

Collins's The Moonstone -- first detective novel in English

1868

Green's Leavenworth Case -- Green called "mother of the detective novel"

1878

First Doyle story featuring Sherlock Holmes published

1887

Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, features Hercule Poirot

1920

Dorothy Sayers's first novel, Whose Body?, features Lord Peter Wimsey

1923

Hammet's Maltese Falcon -- height of "hard-boiled detective fiction"

1930

Chandler's The Big Sleep, his first novel featuring Marlowe

1939

Columbo, with Peter Falk, debuts

1968

Law & Order starts

1990