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De zwarte weduwnaars (The Black Widowers #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,809 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Cover design: Robert Nix
Paperback, 207 pages
Published 1976 by A.W. Bruna & Zoon (first published 1974)
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Nandakishore Varma
I was in the mood to read something light, so I picked this up, even though I do not have much of an opinion of Dr. Asimov as a mystery writer. I had read one of these collections during my early twenties, when I was a hardcore fan of Asimov and was less exacting in terms of expectations from the books I read: therefore I had found them mildly interesting. But alas, the magic has worn off.

I did not finish these book, but dropped it after four or five stories. These are just parlour puzzles, plot
Ahmad Sharabiani
Tales of the Black Widowers (The Black Widowers #1), Isaac Asimov
عنوان: باشگاه معما؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: فرزانه طاهری؛ تهران، شقایق، 1368؛ در 359 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1372؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
این داستان برای نخستین بار با عنوان: شش مظنون، در امریکا چاپ شده، سپس با عنوان: باشگاه بیوه مردان سیاه؛ و در ایران با همین عنوان: باشگاه معما، دوازده داستان کوتاه است از کتاب نخست از مجموعه ی بیوه مردان سیاه؛ داستانها پیرامون جلسات ماهانه ی شش عضو یک باشگاه مردانه است ه پیشخدمتشان
Dec 01, 2008 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Towards the end of his life, Asimov became obsessive about publishing as much as possible: he'd brag about having published his age in years and his weight in pounds and stuff like that. He ended up with several hundred books to his credit, but, unsurprisingly, the standard suffered.

This collection, an impulse buy at an airport bookstall, was one of the last ones I read. It's a bunch of extremely dull little mysteries; the most noteworthy point is that Asimov, apparently as interested in the pro
Maria João Fernandes
"O facto é que em praticamente todos os crimes de que há registo, a pessoa mais suspeita é realmente o criminoso."

Após uma introdução brilhante no início do livro, Isaac Asimov apresenta-nos o Clube dos Viúvos Negros.

Um grupo de seis homens junta-se, uma vez por mês, num jantar privado, deixando as suas mulheres em casa e concentrando-se em usufruir, ao máximo, da companhia uns dos outros. Entre eles encontra-se um escritor, um professor de matemática, um especialista em criptografia, um artist
Feb 11, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov turned his hand at writing many genres and styles - some better than others (after all he is known for his science fiction after all) BUT I think mysteries come a close second.

The tales of the black 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. Each one is presented as a tale from one of the diners for the pleasure and confusion of the rest of he attendees. The storie
Brian R. Mcdonald
Contains the short story "The Curious Omission" which in turn contains a brief go reference.

This short story started life as a bibliographic oddity, and without a go reference. The Union Carbide corporation held a "super-sleuth" contest for their customers. The company published, and distributed to "packagers, formulators, and marketers of soap and/or detergent products, chemical specialty products, and cosmetic chemicals", special editions of three of the canonical collections of Sherlock Holme
Giacomo Boccardo
Questa è la prima volta che leggo qualcosa di Asimov che non sia legato alla fantascienza. Si tratta, infatti, di una raccolta di racconti gialli che vengono esposti, discussi e risolti nell'ambito delle riunioni di un gruppo di conoscenti che si autodefiniscono scherzosamente "Vedovi Neri", anche perché a tali incontri non possono prendere parte le rispettive mogli.
Ad ogni ritrovo, a turno, uno degli appartenenti a tale club ha la possibilità di portare un ospite che dovrà accettare di farsi in
Uriel Ramirez
Jan 23, 2012 Uriel Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, when I started to read this book the content was somewhat hard to understand. The wording may be a little advanced (Book level) for some readers. Regardless to that, the use of descriptive sentences helps the reader picture in their head the ideas of what the book is telling. The author is great with mysteries and the way the characters are described. Each character has a different style (purpose) that makes things clear to the reader. I would recommend this book to someone who is grea ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Hollis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-fiction
With the greatest respect and admiration for Dr A, I have to say nevertheless that this has to be the most boring thing I have ever read: a collection of dull and predictable stories. (I hate to say this but: would they have even been published if they hadn't been written by Isaac Asimov?)

No, I mean it: really boring. As boring as cold shit, as boring as watching paint dry, as boring as a six-hour lecture by Isaac Asimov entitled ''Why I Am So Great'' followed by a two-hour session in which Dr
May 26, 2014 Kaligolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know Asimov wrote crime stories. Well, he did. A ton of them, published as collections of short stories over the years.

The Black Windowers are a group of friends from various professions and social circles, who gather once a month in an Italian restaurant for their traditional dinner. The only rule being: no women. Each month (and each short story), one of the members invites a guests, who turns out to have a mystery to solve.

First, I like how diverse the mysteries are. It's not (only)
Elizabeth McDonald
Apr 14, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Isaac Asimov - writing mysteries! What more can I say? When I found this book at the library, it was like a personal present from the universe to me. Asimov's style is highly influence (he admits this himself) by Agatha Christie, with each mystery serving as a puzzle.

Each of the short stories in this volume (and its sequels) deals with the Black Widowers' Club, a fictional group of men who meet monthly for dinner with one guest. Invariably, the guest has some puzzle; in variably, the intellectua
Aug 29, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-drawer
If you've never read anything by Isaac Asimov, this is a way to start. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote on many different subjects: Bible archaelogy,religion, Greek origins of our words. He wrote a series of 3 manuals on nuclear energy, and described it in a way that anyone could understand. There's so many I couldn't begin to list all of his interests.He was most famous, though, for his science fiction. He wrote the trilogy starting with "I, Robot," and originated the "Ten laws of roboti ...more
Jul 27, 2015 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Amo Asimov come scrittore di fantascienza, da morire, e mi sono approcciata a questo libro con non poco scetticismo.
Lo stile e la complessità dei racconti, proprio a livello giallistico, non sono minimamente paragonabili a quelle che si trovano nei capolavori fantascientifici dell’autore (eppure l’elemento giallistico e di mistero è spiccato in parecchi libri di Asimov).
Spesso il mistero è piuttosto semplice e la trama è quasi ingenua ma Asimov è riuscito a creare, tratteggiandoli appena, dei pe
Carly  Patrick
Sep 29, 2015 Carly Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primer libro que leo de Asimov y debo decir que me he enamorado.

¿Por dónde empezar? Primeramente,tenemos un compilado de relatos cortos que el escritor hizo para una revista y posteriormente formó esta gran obra, que nos habla de un grupo de seis hombres que se reúnen mes tras mes a resolver diversos misterios de ellos mismos o de alguno de los invitados de los viudos negros.

Los personajes son hombres mayores sumamente agradables y las historias muy atrapantes e interesantes; que incluso, yo in
Jan 31, 2012 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 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: the first is that, in trying to exclude every possibility, sometimes someone has to say silly things like, "There's no way John could have stolen the gold--he is too short." It's supposed to tell the members that that isn't a possibility, but it's frequently awkwardly unconvincing for the reader. Also, the b ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Foad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعه داستان جنایی معمایی از نویسنده ی محبوب دوره ی نوجوانیم.
گروهی از مردها، هر ماه مهمونی مجردی میگیرن و حرف میزنن و خاطره نقل میکنن. توی بعضی از این مهمونی ها، معماهای جنایی و غیر جنایی مطرح میشه و گروه سعی میکنن براش جوابی پیدا کنن. معماها معمولاً ساده و راجع به مسائل زندگی (ارثیه ی متوفی یا امثال اون) هستن، و بعضی وقت ها راجع به مسائل مهم تر (قتل).
با نام "باشگاه معما" به فارسی ترجمه شده.
Mar 09, 2011 Vito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seconda raccolta dei racconti gialli di Asimov: storie leggere e ingegnose che svolgono per bene il loro dovere di intrattenere il lettore. In pratica, una conferma delle impressioni positive che mi aveva dato il primo volume.

Poecraft Hyde
Feb 02, 2016 Poecraft Hyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy lejos de sus temas científicos, Asimov presenta relatos de corte misterioso, que sin llegar al nivel de Doyle, entretienen en su sentido. Aun así, un poco flojo y repetitivo.
M Hamed
Jun 28, 2015 M Hamed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fiction
not a single women in it,it was quite lovely
Jan 10, 2017 SaraKat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov sets these mysteries at a dinner where the "Black Widowers" group manages to solve the crime over one leisurely dinner. They are clever mysteries and plausible. This is the first in the series.
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giallo-soft
Come ho scritto più volte Asimov è uno dei miei scrittori preferiti: la sua fantascienza è alla base della mia passione per il genere ed il suo modo di fare divulgazione scientifica ha sempre dimostrato come sia possibile esporre argomenti anche difficili in maniera appassionante.Ma Asimov era anche un autore di gialli: già nel ciclo di Lucky Starr aveva fuso il genere fantascientifico e quello più squisitamente del giallo, ma sicuramente il suo maggior risultato fu coi racconti dei Vedovi Neri. ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Over the course of several years, Isaac Asimov wrote a series of short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. These tales feature a group of men who get together for dinner once a month. The men are married and unmarried (despite the title of the series) and come from various walks of life: scientists, artists, writers, businessmen and more. The member of the club who hosts the dinner each month is allowed to bring a guest and, in each story, the guest invariably has a problem, a mystery t ...more
Dec 04, 2012 allimo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to allimo by: Bobbyliu
These are wonderful. I've been a big fan of the mystery short story genre since about kindergarten when I first picked up an Encyclopedia Brown book, and I thought I'd pretty much exhausted my supply by devouring all the Holmes stories in elementary/middle school and nearly every Poirot throughout college. It's wonderful to find more - of which, interestingly, I'd actually read one previously in a "Detective Stories" anthology that had stuck with me for ages. I remembered the story but had forgo ...more
Allan Krummenacker
Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific of writers. Known mostly for his Robots and Foundation series and other science fiction classics, he was also a master of the short story mystery. In his Black Widowers series, he introduced us to a group of gentlemen who one night every month, leave their wives to themselves and gather to eat a wonderful meal together. Their waiter, an unassuming fellow named Henry, serves his 'gentlemen' with an easy professional manner.

These men all come from differe
Alan Smith
Jun 07, 2013 Alan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every month, the all-male society dining club known as the "Black Widowers" (based on a group of SF writers known as "The Trap Door Spiders" of which Asimov himself was a member) meet for a gargantuan feast.

And each month, whoever is acting as host not only chooses the menu, but brings along a guest. And said guest always - without fail - has some mystery,conundrum or problem that the members of the club try to solve.

And, despite their huge collective ability and intelligence, they always end u
Feb 02, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es increíble que el maestro de la ciencia ficción Asimov pueda pasar de un género al otro con tanta soltura y hacerlo tan bien, los relatos de los Viudos Negros son una delicia para los que nos gustan los libros de misterios, muy en la onda de Ágatha Christie (salvando las distancias claro está), tenemos un grupo de amigos que se reúnen una vez al mes en una especie de club "solo caballeros", tan popular en Inglaterra donde básicamente comen, beben, discuten y pasan un buen rato, lo interesante ...more
Aug 03, 2011 J'aime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asimov may be best known for his science fiction, but he was also a master of murder mysteries. Each Black Widowers book is an anthology of short stories with the same group of characters. The "Black Widowers" is a men's club that meets once a month to host a guest for dinner. Each guest always has a mystery that needs to be solved, and the butler Henry (also a club member) always solves it. These mysteries are heavily based on logic and are actually more puzzles than mysteries. Readers have to ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Paleomichi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli, vedovi, neri
Asimov cresce sempre di più nella mia stima. Oltre al grandissimo scrittore di fantascienza che tutti conosciamo, allo spiritoso ma bravo scienziato che molti conoscono, questo libro ne dimostra le grandi capacità di giallista. Già in altri romanzi (ad esempio "Abissi d'acciaio", "Il sole nudo") Asimov aveva sviluppato trame "gialle" in ambientazione fantascientifica, ma in questi racconti dei Vedovi Neri l'ambientazione è molto più classica. Un gruppo di amici, 12 casi curiosi (non necessariame ...more
Dec 17, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
After reading Asimov's autobiography, I was intrigued by the idea of these tales: longtime friends meet at a club every month, and each time some mystery (usually very minor) comes up, and Henry, the respectful, efficient waiter, solves it. I read with relief that it was not nearly as Wodehousian as the outline made it seem; the Black Widowers are not fools, and Henry is very much allowed to be one of them. Still, he was obviously inspired by Jeeves. Anyway, I liked the stories; some had solutio ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Portobellord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Asimov book and it truly surprised me. I was expecting a sci-fi tale and got instead a group of engaging gentlemen sitting in their club solving (well really the waiter solves everything for them) little mysteries. None of the mysteries are very hard to solve, but the group of characters and their interactions with each other are splendid. I very much loved this book of short stories. I especially liked Asmimov's little asides about each story. He seems like he would have been ...more
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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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