‘Dying for Rome: Lucretia’s Tale’ by Elisabeth Storrs

Hey, darlings! This time I’m reviewing a short story of historical fiction. If you like your coffee with a whole mug, drinking slowly, it might be enough until you finish this whole e-book! 😉

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If you’re really interested in historical fiction, and maybe curious about what this author is up to (not only her own books, but she has a blog with interviews with other authors – who wrote books she recommends – and it’s all inspiration-centered), you should check her site out! Having less than a hundred pages, it’s not very expensive on Amazon, but if you like her page, and you subscribe, you get a copy of this short story for free.


As you might have suspected, I got this book the way described above. It was the author’s trilogy, A Tale of Ancient Rome that I came across first (check out my review of ‘The Wedding Shroud’, by Elisabeth Storrs!), and I liked it so much that I went on and tried to find out more about the writer and her books. That’s when I discovered her site, and I subscribed immediately. I got the book, but haven’t started reading it until now, since I’m not very much of a short story reader. I was in the mood for it tomorrow, though.


Being a short story, this one was a very quick read. That also means I’m not sure I can speak about a lot. Lucretia’s tale is a known legend from history, thus one probably knows what to expect story-wise. It still kept my attention throughout the whole book, because the atmosphere is created very well, and the author’s descriptions are very vivid. I can’t exactly put my finger on anything why, but at times I felt like I was reading/watching a play on stage, rather than a short story. Maybe the reason is that sometimes it felt a little rushed, like having to tell the whole story fast, summarizing it all up. I liked this short story very much, but I feel like I maybe would’ve liked it being extended to a novel more. That way both the story and characters could’ve been more elaborated. I could feel that it’s all worked-out in the authoress’ head, and that’s something I’m sure comes off the pages, even if not written down, but it would’ve been nice to see more. Then again, it may only be that I’m biased with novels.

Let’s give it a grade!

  1. Story: 4/5
  2. Characters: 3/5
  3. Style: 4/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 4/5
  • GPA: 3.75


I’m again amazed by the meticulous research the author made for her writing! Especially since it’s ‘only’ a short story. She thinks about what she writes and why she writes it that way, and always bases everything on sources. I found the Author’s Note at least as interesting as the story itself was. I love that she explains how things historically were, what we know and what we’re uncertain of, and why she wrote the things she did.

Recommend to:

If you like well-researched historical fiction, it’s a safe bet you will like this short story, and her other works, too!

Drink tip:

I honestly don’t know. This was such a fast read… a tonic? Cognac…? Something bitter and powerful.

Music room:

Somehow ‘On The Edge Of Honour’ by Hammerfall comes to mind.


This short story only contributed to my decision to read anything Elisabeth Storrs writes in the future.

Have you read this short story – or anything by Storrs? What did you think? Or… will you read it? 😀 Please, leave a comment, if you have something to add!

Hugs 🙂

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