Five short stories that tell tales from the lives of characters in Burned to A Crisp - A Gingerbread Hag Mystery. Find out a little history for Maurice, Alice and Zelda, Adelaide, Darro and Hedy. A little dessert for after you have finished reading Burned to A Crisp - A Gingerbread Hag Mystery. Stories include: The Necromancer and the Chinchilla Adelaide Meets a Hippie That Time Zelda Ate Alice Hedy in the Big Easy Granny Raith Kills Maryjane
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To further round out the characters that appeared in Burned to a Crisp, K.A. wrote a collection of short stories. From the title you can safely assume that Maurice, the grumpy but obviously adorable chinchilla has a story. As is Hedy’s time in New Orleans, however I think there is more to her story than what is available. Darro’s origin is sad while making sense to how he is depicted in Burned to a Crisp.
Alice and Zelda have a shared history because Zelda is a jerk. But really she was just doing cat things, and usually cat things mean that they are also doing jerk things. The other story included is the story of Adelaide, the ghost that occupies Hedy’s residence with her. Well I guess after reading the story you could say that Hedy occupies Adelaide’s residence, since Adelaide is a ghost and has been there much longer than Hedy has.
While these are cute stories that spotlight specific times in each character’s life, I would have liked to see how they actually met Hedy or how Hedy’s life intersected with theirs. We know how Alice met Hedy but that goes back to cat’s being jerks. On a side note, I love cats, and think they are great companions but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are perfect. In fact one of our cats likes to sleep on our pillow like he is innocent, but that is only after he squalls at the door to be let out, let in, because he wants to stand near the door, he sees something that may be edible, etc. Cute? Yes, a jerk? Also yes.
I really enjoy K.A.’s writing style, it brings you into the character’s lives and keeps you emotionally there. Even though I don’t know Darro well from the first book. His story really helps to give more meaning to him when he appears in the second book.
As these are short stories, they are easy to read and then put down. Overall it is not that large of a collection, but it does in my mind help bring more depth to the characters. Not just more depth but also more life, in that you don’t just see them as a snapshot of who they are from one book. You start to see how they are as a person, or in some cases a ghost or an animal.
While I would suggest reading the first book before reading this collection. It is not necessary as there are no spoilers per se. Reading the first book, or even all three before reading this collection will not take away anything. Just continue to add to the world that K.A. built.