Short Story Review: Mrs. Morris Meets Death

Hello Folks!

I hope you’re having a great start to the weekend.

I just finished another read, so you know I’m having a good time. Might as well before my writer’s retreat starts on Monday, right?

This time I read Mrs. Morris Meets Death, a short story by Tammie Painter.

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Alright, let’s get into this review, shall we?


With her book sales, bake sales, garden club, and the Halloween Hop, Mrs. Morris has no room on her schedule for activities such as dying.

Unfortunately, when Death calls, he can’t take no for an answer…management simply won’t allow it.

Trouble is, with his overwhelming workload, although Mrs. Morris doesn’t want to go, Death might just need her organizational skills if he’s ever going to find a spare moment for the new hobby he’s fallen headstone over heels with.



The Review

I gave this short story four fantastic stars!

I really enjoyed this light read. Being a lover of all things dark, it’s nice to read something not so heavy every once in a while, and this was just what I needed.

Mrs. Morris is busy, SO busy. But when fate deals her a card she can’t accept, she’ll do anything to stay busy in the afterlife.

The characters in this short story were great! Mrs. Morris is a busybody, and I can totally relate. From sun up to sundown I stay pretty busy, except Mrs. Morris is one of those crazy people who thrives in that kind of busy lifestyle. As a result, she’s extremely uptight and opinionated. I liked her quirks and no-nonsense attitude. She knows what’s acceptable and she’s going to tell you if you cross the line.

I also really liked Death/Mortimer. It was a great new spin on a character we’re all familiar with, and his interactions with Mrs. Morris was great and sometimes pretty funny.

The plot was simple and very entertaining. I liked that it wasn’t super complex, and the writing style kept me blazing through the story in about thirty minutes.

If I did have to pick at anything I would say that some of the scenes were a bit short for me and the ending felt a little abrupt. But what that really means is I just wanted more time in this world because I was having such a good time.

Will we see more adventures with Mrs. Morris in the afterlife? I don’t know, but I really enjoyed this light read and it’s definitely worth a peek!


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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  1. Woohoo! I’m getting enough stars from you to start my own universe.

    As for the short scenes and tight ending, I agree, but…this was written for (and accept by) a literary journal with a strict word limit I had to stay under. I can see myself having plenty of fun if I ever re-wrote with the lack of word count restraints :))

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