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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

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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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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. 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 detergent products chemical specialty products and cosmetic chemicals special editions of three of the canonical collections of Sherlock Holmes short stories Each of the volumes had on the back of the dust jacket an unfinished mystery by a then popular author Contestants were to provide solutions to the mystery for a chance to win a night in a Scottish castle Hints as to the author s intended solution would be found in Union Carbide adverts in various trade magazinesOne of the three contest short stories was The Case of the Dying Hint by noted science fictioneer and less noted mystery writer Isaac Asimov This story appeared on the jacket of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Solution hints were to be found in ten issues of trade mags Detergents and Specialties and Soap and Chemical Specialties The story contained the line We ve talked together drank together played chess and two handed pinochle together fished togetherAlso in 1971 Asimov began his series of Black Widower mysteries for Ellery ueen s mystery magazine Loosely inspired by the Trap Door Spiders a real life dinner group to which Asimov belonged the stories featured six regular dinner companions who would take turns inviting a guest to their monthly get togethers As is the way of such mystery series each guest turned out to have a mystery in need of unraveling The group members would each take a stab at it then they would turn to Henry their waiter who would invariably come up with the solutionTales of the Black Widowers the first of several Doubleday collections of these stories was published in 1974 Asimov ever reluctant to let any of his writings go so nearly unread lengthened and adapted the Union Carbide piece to a Black Widowers story retitled The Curious Omission for inclusion in the book The game reference uoted above was changed to He was a master at Chinese checkers parcheesi backgammon Monopoly chess checkers go three dimensional tick tack toe Neither go nor any other specific game is central to the plot However the mutual interest in games generally on the part of deceased and the narrater play a substantial roleThe Black Widower version of the story is typical of the series with an excellent twist providing the basis for a well crafted story The reader s enjoyment of the original version however depends rather too much on one s degree of familiarity with Lewis Carroll s Alice in WonderlandThis is presumably intentional Although I haven t seen the adverts which gave the solution hints the original story pretty clearly implies that any super sleuth hoping to win the contest ought to start by reading or rereading Alice


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 col

  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 an

  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 mildly interesting But alas the magic has worn offI did not finish these book but dropped it after f

  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

  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 and the subseuent eu

  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 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 th

  7. says:

    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 Wi

  8. says:

    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 detergent products chemical specialty products and cosmetic chemicals special editions of th

  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 h

  10. says:

    At first when I started to read this book the content was somewhat hard to understand The wording may be a litt