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P you guessing to the very endContents The Acuisitive Chuckle Ph as in Phony Truth to Tell Go Little Book Early Sunday Morning The Obvious Factor The Pointing Finger Miss What The Lullaby of Broadway Yankee Doodle Went to Town The Curious Omission Out of Sigh. Isaac Asimov writing mysteries What can I say When I found this book at the library it was like a personal present from the universe to me Asimov s style is highly influence he admits this himself by Agatha Christie with each mystery serving as a puzzleEach of the short stories in this volume and its seuels deals with the Black Widowers Club a fictional group of men who meet monthly for dinner with one guest Invariably the guest has some puzzle in variably the intellectual Widowers try to solve it invariably they fail to do so but Henry the Jeeves esue waiter comes through with the solution The repetition of the same pattern does not make the stories tiresome but instead brings the focus onto the puzzle of the mystery itself Asimov states that he wants to give the reader a fair shot at solving the mystery before the story s end no last minute revelations of long lost cousins etc makes them clever enough that only sometimes did I beat Henry to the answerAs with many of his short story collections Asimov introduces each story with a paragraph or so about its writing In these personal glimpses he is witty tongue in cheek arrogant and insightful

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Casebook of the Black Widowers

Rders and conspiracies of seemingly impossible dimensionsWith all the skills of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot combined these six men and their ever faithful waiter Henry take on challenging cases that will tease your deductive skills to the limit and kee. The Black Widowers are an amusing if chauvinistically all male group of bickering friends who meet once a month for dinner with an invited guest to provide variety Over the twelve courses presented they develop a tradition of solving invariably Henry the waiter some problem or mystery for the guest Some of the twists are better than others but the setting adds charm to the stories all of which I found eminently enjoyable 455

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There were six of them Professional men and their waiter They gather at the Milano Restaurant once a month for good food and good conversation But lately the Black Widowers have added a new entertainment to their meetings They have begun to solve mysteries mu. I was in the mood to read something light so I picked this up even though I do not have much of an opinion of Dr Asimov as a mystery writer I had read one of these collections during my early twenties when I was a hardcore fan of Asimov and was less exacting in terms of expectations from the books I read therefore I had found them mildly interesting But alas the magic has worn offI did not finish these book but dropped it after four or five stories These are just parlour puzzles plots revolving around simplistic and sometimes outright silly devices the kind you can ask as riddles to your friends in after dinner conversations It is evident that Asimov was a fan of Agatha Christie and the tales are reminiscent of The Thirteen Problems but comes nowhere near them in whodunit ualityI wish the good doctor had stuck to writing what he was good at Agatha Christie never tried her hand at science fiction


10 thoughts on “Casebook of the Black Widowers

  1. says:

    Tales of the Black Widowers The Black Widowers #1 Isaac AsimovTales of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers the Black Widowers It was first published in June 1974 This book is the first of six that describe mysteries solved by the Black Widowers based on a literary dining club he belonged to known as the Trap Door Spiders It collects tw

  2. says:

    Towards the end of his life Asimov became obsessive about publishing as much as possible he'd brag about having published his age in years and his weight in pounds and stuff like that He ended up with several hundred books to his credit but un

  3. says:

    I was in the mood to read something light so I picked this up even though I do not have much of an opinion of Dr Asimov as a mystery writer I had read one of these collections during my early twenties when I was a hardcore fan of Asimov and was less exacting in terms of expectations from the books I read therefore I had found them

  4. says:

    Tales of the Black Widowers is the first book in Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers mystery series I've read one other but wanted to start from the beginning I've enjoyed many of Asimov's Sci Fi series some of which crossed over into mysteries The Black Widowers stories are strictly mysteriesThe Black Widowers are six acuaintances who meet once a month at the Milano Restaurant for dinner and to have friendly ofte

  5. says:

    Asimov turned his hand at writing many genres and styles some better than others after all he is known for his science fiction after all BUT I think mysteries come a close second The tales of the black widowers

  6. says:

    The Black Widowers are an amusing if chauvinistically all male group of bickering friends who meet once a month for dinner with an invited guest

  7. says:

    Isaac Asimov writing mysteries What can I say? When I found this book at the library it was like a personal presen

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    Contains the short story The Curious Omission which in turn contains a brief go referenceThis short story started life as a bibliographic oddity and without a go reference The Union Carbide corporation held a super sleuth contest for their customers The company published and distributed to packagers formulators and marketers of soap andor det

  9. says:

    With the greatest respect and admiration for Dr A I have to say nevertheless that this has to be the most boring thing I have ever read a collection of dull and predictable stories I hate to say this but would they have even been published if

  10. says:

    At first when I started to read this book the content was somewhat hard to understand The wording may be a little advanced Book level for some readers Regardless to that the use of descriptive sentences helps the reader picture in their head

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