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Banquets of the Black Widowers (The Black Widowers #4)

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This anthology contains: Introduction; Sixty Million Trillion Combinations; The Woman in the Bar; The Driver; The Good Samaritan; The Year of the Action; Can You Prove It?; The Phoenician Bauble; A Monday in April; Neither Brute nor Human; The Redhead; The Wong House; The Intrusion
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1986 by HarperCollins (first published 1984)
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I'm a sucker for these short stories. Objectively I know they aren't great as far as mysteries go, especially this far along into them (this is the 4th collection), but it's just very relaxing to read about the various quirky characters and their traditional dinners that always result in a puzzle solved by Henry the waiter.
Another collection of the mystery series. While not exactly admirable prose achievements, these short mysteries are fun and can be quite entertaining. Many of his stories ("The Intrusion," "The Driver") rely on a rather deep erudition to "solve" (the worst case being "Sixty Million Trillion Combinations," the solution of which is extremely flimsy). Others have clues not presented accurately enough to give the reader a fair chance: in "The Phoenician Bauble," we are told that some sketched fleurs ...more
Armchair mysteries, written to perfection by Asimov. These stories are pinwheels of brilliance and ingenuity, engrossing and entertaining. A perfect way to spend the afternoon.
Zai Bálint
short stories about some gents solving misteries while dining in class
was surprised to learn that Asimov wrote crime novels
The formula is starting to be a bit hackneyed. The last two stories of the 12 mini-mysteries were the best.
Matt Kelland
Entertaining, and more fun than his sci-fi.
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Milioni di trilioni La signora del bar L'autista Il Buon Samaritano L'anno dell'azione Può provarlo? Il gingillo fenicio Un lunedì d'aprile Né bestie né uomini La rossa La casa sbagliata L'intrusione
I've read them all, and I have to say, I love them. But not everyone will.

If you like cerebral-mysteries, like Agatha Christie; if you like short stories with recurring characters; if you like subtle little twists and gimmicks; and if you're just a little crazy about Asimov anyways, then then the Black Widowers Mysteries are definitely more for you.
Another twelve short delightful little mysteries. If you're reading this you're either an Asimov or a mystery fan: I'm both, so I guess I'm getting double the enjoyment! Anyway it was worth it, especially since I got a 99c paperback at the Salvation Army.
Terzo volume per la saga dei Vedovi Neri di Asimov: racconti che si rifanno al mistery classico, intinti di ironia e leggerezza, piacevoli e scorrevoli come nelle precedenti raccolte.
Libro godibilissimo per una lettura spensierata.
Love the short stories and especially his reasons for writing each short story. It is entertaining and it makes me want to meet the characters. Perfect read right before bed!
Henry, the sixty-ish waiter and the members of the Black Widowers listen to and solve more puzzles. Admittedly they are a formula but a rather good one that works time after time.
A mystery novel about a group of men who meet once a month to "grill" a guest and try to solve a problem they have. A good read.
Ooh, I especially liked the last 2 stories, though all of them were very good.
i read this back in the 90s. only a few of the solutions stayed with me.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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