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Attended by Henry, the all-knowing waiter, these gentle rogues ponder such imponderables as: The only Sci-Fi book I ever read was ‘l, Robot’ by Asimov which I chose because I had a used bookstore and wanted to read an example of each genre.

I wish the good doctor had stuck to writing what he was good at. Asimov himself which actually seems to happen a lot. Frankly, neither do I.

Not really a mystery for suspense. Apr 30, David rated it it was ok Shelves: The tales of the qsimov widowers and the subsequent equals which I will read once I find them, along with the Union Club mysteries are perfect examples of the after dinner who dunnit story.

I have heard of Isaac Asimov’s “the Black Widowers” before but have never read any of their stories until now.

Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. One person blavk a guest who invariably has some mystery in their life which needs to be solved.


Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best widowres for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Neither go nor any other specific game is central to the plot. See 1 question about The Return of the Black Widowers…. I didn’t know Asimov wrote crime stories.

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The book has also been translated into German. Aidowers idea of the stories told-round-the-table is interesting, and Asimov is careful to have the members ask every possible question to exclude every possibility, but this brings two problems: Another presents a pulpy spy story mystery and solves a tiny fraction of it, leaving the rest undisclosed.

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Tales of the Black Widowers, the first of several Doubleday collections of these stories, was published in Read Currently Reading Want to Read. Mcdonald rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 12, Bill Peschel rated it it was amazing. I hope he blck his target, whatever it was.

I haven’t read the other Black Widowers stories so I don’t know how it widowees. There is an invited guest, and through the course of the evening’s discussion, a mystery is inevitably introduced, which the Black Widowers talk out in logical fashion with the aim of solving the mystery.

An excerpt from Asimov’s memoir – which I now realize I absolutely need to read, after I acquaint myself more thoroughly with his other works – concludes the collection, which is in a way a bit of a eulogy to Asimov from his colleagues and fans.


The Return of the Black Widowers

He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Perhaps I should read more of Asimov’s great works. A few Black Widowers tales have been written by other authors as tributes to Asimov. In a private dining room at New York’s lu Until his death inauthor Isaac Asimov would write more than ingenious tales of detection and deduction, and in 66 of them he would present his armchair detectives, the Black Widowers, with the mind-teasing puzzles that they would strive to solve in often-quarrelsome conversation.

At table, too, will of course be that requisite dinner guest to challenge their combined deductive wit: Each story involves a mystery that arises out of a guest attending the dinner with a problem to solve. It’s a bunch of extremely dull little mysteries; the most noteworthy point is that Asimov, apparently as interested in the pro Towards the end of his life, Asimov became obsessive about publishing as much as possible: All very cleverly written and entertaining.

Asimov, ever reluctant to let any of his writings go so aasimov unread, lengthened and adapted the Balck Carbide piece to a Black Widowers story, retitled “The Curious Omission”, for inclusion in the book.