The Black Widowers have a decidedly unusual guest—Henry himself—who presents an unexpected problem: A lady friend of his is receiving vaguely threatening letters detailing her various minor crimes. He’s hoping the Black Widowers can help him discover who is sending the letters and, more important,why.

This story suffers from a most unfortunate defect, in that I was able to figure it out. (Well, to be honest, I figured out who, not why.) It nonetheless has merit by virtue of introducing something from Henry’s personal background. The true pity is that we don’t get a follow-up story letting us know the sequel in Henry’s life.

Lacking a guest gives us a smaller cast of characters than usual and no respite from the usual suspects. That, I suppose, would also count as a flaw, but if it is one, it is a minor one indeed.

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