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Casebook 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 hardcover by Doubleday in January and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in March This book is the third of six in the Black Widowers series, based on a literary dining club he belonged to known as the Trap Door Spiders. Each story involves the club members' knowledge of trivia. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Every month, the Black Widowers convene for sumptuous food, fine wine, and a cosmically baffling mystery.

Contents: 1. The Cross of Lorraine 2. The Family Man 3. The Sports Page 4. Second Best 5. The Missing Item 6. The Next Day 7. None So Blind 9. The Backward Look What Time Is It? Middle Name To the Barest Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages.

Published November 12th by Fawcett first published More Details Original Title. The Black Widowers 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Casebook of the Black Widowers , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Casebook of the Black Widowers. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 21, Bev rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , shortstories , american-mystery , silver-age-mystery , mount-tbr Isaac Asimov, prolific science fiction author, also turned his hand to mysteries every now and then.

He wrote full-length novels such as The Caves of Steel and The Robots of Dawn as well as short stories, including several collections which feature a fictional all-male club which convenes under the name of "The Black Widowers" for good food, good conversation, and a "grilling" of the latest guest.

The members make a pretense of not looking for mysteries to solve, but, of course, they always wind Isaac Asimov, prolific science fiction author, also turned his hand to mysteries every now and then. The members make a pretense of not looking for mysteries to solve, but, of course, they always wind up with a guest with a problem that needs sorted.

The several members all make efforts to question the current guest and discover the answer to his mystery, but it is generally Henry, the club's waiter and honorary member, who is able to see the elements that escape the notice of the learned men around the table.

Casebook of the Black Widowers is the third collection of Asimov's club-based mysteries. Mysteries here is a very elastic term. Few of the stories actually deal with crime though there is a bit of murder and spycraft to be found--most are clever conundrums that range from witty wordplay needed to solve the riddle in a former member's will or puzzles that rely on esoteric knowledge to find solutions.

The fun is in the witty repartee between the club members and watching Henry get the best of them every time. Asimov wrote these in a friendly, breezy tone that makes for a comfortable read. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. It's difficult to categorize these stories. I had thought I was going to be reading a series of crime and murder mystery stories, but only three I think of the stories actually deal with such.

Even then, they aren't whodunnits, as the perpetrator is not necessarily disclosed. What they are is a collection of witty and cleverly concocted conundrums about diverse topics and with enough information given for the dedicated reader to work out the answer before Henry the waiter does so. Personally, I It's difficult to categorize these stories. Personally, I'm too lazy to make the mental effort, so just enjoyed getting to the revelation.

The puzzle itself and the logical process of solving it is really the point; the answer itself is almost irrelevant. As with many of Asimov's short story collections, there's a little afterword to each tale, giving a bit of background to either the writing of the story or the genesis of the plot. It's like Asimov is chatting to you and almost made me feel like a guest at the monthly banquet of the Black Widowers, if only somebody had brought me a brandy as I finished each story.

Sep 20, Serena.. Sembra che Lester Del Rey E' uno scrittore di fantascienza". Oct 12, Bill Peschel rated it it was amazing. In this collection of short mysteries, Asimov showed the ability to create clever and complex plots capable of keeping you turning the page if only to find the solution. His characters are thin and forgettable, but the stories will keep you compulsively turning the page, and short enough to encourage just one more read.

The Black Widowers is a fictional men-only dining club created by Isaac Asimov for a series of sixty-six mystery stories that he started writing in Jun 11, Robin rated it liked it. Each month, one man is the host, who may invite a guest of his choice.

In each story, the guest is asked to justify his existence. Inevitably, one of the men, or the guest, comes up with a problem, which the men, the guest, and the waiter, Henry, who has also become a member of the club, must solve. It is often Henry who solves the problem, after listening to the other men discuss the case.

The stories are easy to read, make one think a bit, and are moderately interesting. The series continues. If you liked the previous volumes of the Black Widowers mystery short stories, well, this one is more of the same. Each month, a guest comes to the Black Widowers' dinner club with a problem. Each month the members try to solve the problem, often with limited success.

Eventually, Henry, the preternaturally insightful waiter comes up with an ingenious solution. Once again, a lot of the mysteries revolve around word-play, foreign languages and ideas or symbols that can hav The series continues. Once again, a lot of the mysteries revolve around word-play, foreign languages and ideas or symbols that can have more than one meaning.

I was proud of myself for figuring out at least one of the mysteries well ahead of the big reveal. Solid but slight, these short stories offer low-key entertainment of an intellectual, but non-taxing variety. For anyone who is keeping score, I think this volume is slightly better than the previous one. Dec 23, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: white-dudes , collections , usa , your-favs-are-problematic , read-circa-baf I've read three of these things now.

They're fine. The determined lack of female characters is annoying. Aug 30, Bettye McKee rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery. Nov 18, Priya Agarwal rated it it was ok. Haven't finished it yet. Not very fun so far. Apr 12, Dan rated it liked it. Nothing earth shatteringly deep or cerebral, just some fun little stories that serve to show off Asimov's interesting observations on the world.

Apr 14, Tabitha rated it really liked it Shelves: read I enjoyed that more than I thought I would.

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Casebook 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 hardcover by Doubleday in January , and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in March This book is the third 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 twelve stories by Asimov, nine reprinted from mystery magazines and three previously unpublished, together with a general introduction and an afterword following each story by the author. Each story involves the club members' knowledge of trivia. Convert currency. Add to Basket.

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