Just like Miffy, the black bear was lovingly referred to in the diminutive form. However, the ‘little black bear’ became synonymous with suspense and excitement, murder and manslaughter. Bruna’s dark world is populated by smart detectives. They hide in their oversized raincoats, smoke pipes and wear fedora hats. To solve dark goings-on and mysteries in obscure little hotels, they crack codes and occasionally literally crack brains. Rats, spiders and flies indicate that weapons such as pistols, swords, poison and ‘Satan bugs’ are not shunned in these places. In all their simplicity, Bruna's dark illustrations have the same great power of expression as Miffy. The only difference is that for creating the little black bears the illustrator had complete freedom to dip his pen in the inkwell just that little bit deeper.