Puzzles of the Black Widowers

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Puzzles of the Black Widowers
Puzzles of the Black Widowers cover.jpg
Cover of first edition, 1990
Author Isaac Asimov
Cover artist James Steinberg
Country United States
Language English
Series Black Widowers
Genre Mystery short stories
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 253 pp
ISBN 0-385-26264-7
OCLC 19625924
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3551.S5 P8 1990
Preceded by Banquets of the Black Widowers
Followed by The Return of the Black Widowers

Puzzles of the Black Widowers is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov, featuring his fictional club of mystery solvers, the Black Widowers. It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in January 1990, and in paperback by Bantam Books the same year. The first British edition was issued in hardcover by Doubleday (UK) in April 1990, and the first British paperback edition by Bantam UK in April 1991.[1]

This book is the fifth of six that describe mysteries solved by the Black Widowers, based on a literary dining club he belonged to known as the Trap Door Spiders.[2] It collects twelve stories by Asimov, nine reprinted from mystery magazines and three previously unpublished, together with a general introduction and an afterword by the author following each story. Each story involves the club members' knowledge of trivia.


  • Introduction
  • "The Fourth Homonym" (1985)
  • "Unique Is Where You Find It" (1985)
  • "The Lucky Piece" (1990)
  • "Triple Devil" (1985)
  • "Sunset on the Water" (1986)
  • "Where Is He?" (1986)
  • "The Old Purse" (1987)
  • "The Quiet Place" (1988)
  • "The Four-Leaf Clover" (1990)
  • "The Envelope" (1989)
  • "The Alibi" (1989)
  • "The Recipe" (1990)


  1. ^ Puzzles of the Black Widowers title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ Asimov 1994, I. Asimov, chapter "120. The Trap Door Spiders".

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