The Return of the Black Widowers

The Return of the Black Widowers

Book - 2003
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Bound in one must-have volume are six diabolically clever Black Widowers mysteries never before published in book form and ten of the all-time best stories.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
ISBN: 9780786712489
0786712481
Branch Call Number: PZ3.A8316 Re 2003
Characteristics: xv, 335 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ardai, Charles

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ian_gorlick
Mar 31, 2014

These are nice quiet "arm-chair" mysteries, though maybe "dining-table" mysteries would be more accurate. The puzzles are about many different problems, rarely about serious crime, no blood-spattered scenes. The characters are colourful and engaging. It seems that Asimov modeled them, with some exaggeration, on his friends.
I first encountered the Black Widowers many decades ago, and I was glad to find a few new stories that had never been anthologized before.

JCLJaredH Apr 30, 2013

These stories of armchair detectives are somewhat simple in their approach. They are puzzle mysteries, solved by deduction rather than real investigation. Many of the puzzles are not difficult, and often the reader arrives at the answer before Henry. In that way they are, as a co-worker of mine stated, Encyclopedia Brown stories for adults. But it is the armchair detectives themselves that drew me to the stories. While none are truly fleshed out, you still get hints as to their character. Mr. Asimov based each person on a real life friend of his, so it is interesting to think if this friend truly acted this way or is it Mr. Asimov’s perspective. Regardless, it is their interaction with each other that brings the stories to life. They argue with each other, tease each other, provide entertainment for all, and are funny. The best is when they manage to disparage poor Mr. Asimov himself (which actually seems to happen a lot).

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Albertasaurus
Mar 24, 2011

I love Isaac Asimov's "Black Widowers" - I read all the books as they came out - I'm not a fan of science fiction so I've not read a lot of his work in that genre but in other fields . . . I've not disliked anything I read - he was prolific
- anyway, if you like bloodless mysteries you'll love these - they're armchair mysteries like Christie's "Tuesday Night Murder Club" - and they're just short enough to read one while waiting for the bus

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