CASEBOOK OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS by Isaac Asimov

CASEBOOK OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The third collection of Asimov's "Black Widowers" stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine--each tale consisting of 90% talk as the yakky Widowers discuss a crime puzzle over their fancy club dinners; as Asimov admits, "the mysteries, as mysteries, can be described, discussed, and solved in about a quarter of the space I devote to each." And the solutions to the puzzles usually involve some gimmicky twist: a bit of astronomy, the confusion between Cyrillic and Western alphabets, the fact that there's a Cross of Lorraine semi-concealed in the Exxon logo. So these are stories for a very limited audience--those with a taste for miniature game-playing, eager (but not genuinely erudite) dinner conversation, and Asimov's incorrigible verbal playfulness.
Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1979
ISBN: 0449210863
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1979




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