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A collection of short mystery puzzle stories, which have appeared in various magazines in the 1970s, as well as a few which were never published before. The Black Widow Club is a group of intelligent men who meet once a month for dinner at a restaurant in a private room. They invite one guest for the evening with the condition that they may grill him unmercifully on any subject they choose, beginning with the question, "How do you justify your existence?" Generally a puzzle will come up, they will look at it from all angles, argue about it and then turn to the waiter, Henry, for the answer.

The puzzles were not terribly difficult and the characters grow on you. In several of the stories he gives praise (or bashes) to other authors of his time. One story in particular gave me a great surprise, being the Tolkien fan that I am.

What I found more charming than the stories presented, were the little bits of explanation in the "afterward" of each story by the author. He revealed the areas where he was spoofing himself, why he wrote the tale and what brought it to his mind. ( )
  MrsLee | Aug 28, 2012 |
As usual, Isaac writes some pretty good mysteries usually solved by the waiter for the Black Widower Club. ( )
  IllanoyGal | Jun 6, 2010 |
These are Asimov's best characters, and that alone carries the stories. The mysteries themselves are not terribly interesting, but the dialogue and interaction is so good that you hardly care. The first book is better, but this one hold your attention nicely. ( )
  nesum | Sep 15, 2007 |
Entertaining short mystery stories by Asimove from the point of view of the assortment of characters in his Black Widowers club. ( )
  stpnwlf | Jul 16, 2007 |
These stories are like Encyclopedia Brown for adults. A group of men gather for dinner once a month and interview a special guest. Inevitably a conundrum arises from the interview, and all of the men put their heads together to try and solve the problem. Their waiter is actually a member of the club, and he is the genius at solving the riddles. The stories are amusing and entertaining, but not deep. ( )
  aprille | Nov 27, 2006 |
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Thomas Trumbull scowled with only his usual ferocity and said, "How do you justify your existence, Mr. Stellar?"
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The Black Widowers Club — 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, murders, and conspiracies of seemingly impossible dimensions.

With all the skill 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 keep you guessing to the very end.

There are more mysteries in this world than you or I could ever fathom, and once in a while we can even unravel one...

Here, spinning out in contagious bursts from Isaac Asimov's lively imagination, are bright new pinwheels of detection — tales of hidden treasures lost in the most obvious of places; of an innocent man, who makes, by a calendar's rough irony, his date with the noose; or "answers" to a mysterious gamble haunting a preacher; or perplexities that no one seems to be able to explain.

Here once again are those congenial armchair detectives, "The Black Widowers," whose quizzing of each month's dinner guest always elicits a good riddle; and, of course, that trusted and uncommonly wise waiter, Henry.

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