20 Rules for Writing Detective Stories (1928)
(Originally published in the American Magazine (1928-Sept), and included in the Philo Vance investigates omnibus (1936).
by S.S. Van Dine aka Willard Huntington Wright
1. The reader must have equal opportunity with the detective for solving the mystery. All clues must be plainly stated and described.
The Father of the Detective Story (1841)
Edgar Allan Poe is the undisputed Father of the Detective Story. It all began with The Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1841.