The Best Mysteries of Isaac Asimov Author:Isaac Asimov This mystery collection presents many selections never before collected in book form and numerous selections chosen by the author himself from his famous "Black Widower" and "Union Club" series, as well as a wide variety of other stories. There are almost no murders, other crimes, or police in any of the short stories, ... more »nearly all of them being abstracted “puzzle” stories. The “Black Widowers Club” stories strip out narrative drama almost entirely by presenting the facts of a given puzzle over largely ritualized dinner conversation scenes, before the waiter Henry inevitably explains how the pieces fit in place.
Part 1. Black Widower Mysteries: The Obvious Factor. The Pointing Finger. Out of Sight. Yankee Doodle Went to Town. Quicker Than the Eye. The Three Numbers. The One and Only East. The Cross of Lorraine. The Next Day. What Time Is It?Middle Name. Sixty Million Trillion Combinations. The Good Samaritan. Can You Prove It?The Redhead.
Part 2. Union Club Mysteries: He Wasn't There. Hide and Seek. Dollars and Cents. The Sign. Getting the Combination. The Library Book. Never Out of Sight.The Magic Umbrella. The Speck.
Part 3. Miscellaneous Mysteries: The Key. A Problem of Numbers. The Little Things. Halloween. The Thirteenth Day of Christmas. The Key Word. Nothing Might Happen.
Although not an author whom average readers would associate with mysteries, Asimov has actually written several good ones. This collection contains 31 short pieces that are among his personal favorites. Two sections contain his series stories, the ``Black Widower'' and the ``Union Club'' mysteries. Brief introductions to each section and story will serve to acquaint readers with the general background of the series. A third section contains miscellaneous mysteries. All are clear and entertaining.