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Something Is Rotten in the Bushes

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The latest novel in the series about meerkats Ray and Rufus.

The balance of power in the forest has shifted in favour of the new immigrant meerkats Ray, Rufuset al.. But, as you can imagine, not everyone is happy about this, and anger spreads among the forest dwellers. “How about we come to a decision democratically,” suggests Rufus, which, as expected, doesn’t turn out to be as easy as it sounds. Even so, they elect field hare Grete, who turns out to be the first female president of the German forest – and for a moment, at least, it really does look like everything might turn out just fine.

But soon a sow from the nearby farm shows up with her mongrel piglet – half domesticated, half wild boar – demanding to speak with Herrmann, the chief boar. And while tensions are still high, three Siberian brown bears, cunning creatures and deadly killers, break through the thicket. To them democracy is meaningless, and they push the new, flimsy social construct to its breaking point.

  • Ray and Rufus’ second adventure in this SPIEGEL bestselling series
  • Almost 600,000 novels and audio books sold
  • Witty, laconic, and endearing 
Moritz Matthies

Moritz Matthies is the pseudonym of two successful Berlin authors: Hans Rath and Edgar Rai. They have garnered much praise and a large fanbase with their bestselling series about the adventures of the lovable meerkats Ray and Rufus – 'Der Wald ruft' ('The Forest Calls'), also published by dtv, is the first in this series.

Something Is Rotten in the Bushes

The latest novel in the series about meerkats Ray and Rufus.

The balance of power in the forest has shifted in favour of the new immigrant meerkats Ray, Rufuset al.. But, as you can imagine, not everyone is happy about this, and anger spreads among the forest dwellers. “How about we come to a decision democratically,” suggests Rufus, which, as expected, doesn’t turn out to be as easy as it sounds. Even so, they elect field hare Grete, who turns out to be the first female president of the German forest – and for a moment, at least, it really does look like everything might turn out just fine.

But soon a sow from the nearby farm shows up with her mongrel piglet – half domesticated, half wild boar – demanding to speak with Herrmann, the chief boar. And while tensions are still high, three Siberian brown bears, cunning creatures and deadly killers, break through the thicket. To them democracy is meaningless, and they push the new, flimsy social construct to its breaking point.

  • Ray and Rufus’ second adventure in this SPIEGEL bestselling series
  • Almost 600,000 novels and audio books sold
  • Witty, laconic, and endearing 
Bibliographic Data
320 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-22005-7
First published 2022