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Patricia Oliver
Fictional Character
The Two Georges
POD: c. mid-1760s
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: North American Union
Date of Birth: c. 1957
Occupation: Police Officer
Spouse: Roland Oliver

Captain Patricia Oliver was with the Royal American Mounted Police and based in Victoria. She was near forty, with light brown hair just touched with grey and pale skin. She was married to Roland Oliver, a prosecuting attorney for the province of Virginia.

She was an expert in handwriting and typewriter analysis. She accompanied Lieutenant General Sir Horace Bragg on his train trip from Victoria to New Liverpool when the Sons of Liberty stole The Two Georges, bring with her samples of previous typewritten notes to compare with the note the Sons had left with the phonogram.

The night after her arrival in New Liverpool, Captain Oliver entered the bar in her hotel (the Grosvenor) for a nightcap. She chanced to meet Colonel Thomas Bushell there and joined him for drinks. The two discussed the case in detail and lost track of time. When Bushell noticed the bartender sitting in a corner snoozing, he glanced at his pocket watch and discovered it was quarter to one.

When Bushell indicated that it would be an hour trip to his flat and that he intended to go to his office and sleep there instead, Captain Oliver invited him up to her room instead making it clear she was propositioning him. Bushell reacted in surprise. He turned her down indicating that his reaction would have been different if she were single but that he had "a horror of adultery". She asked why and he began explaining how he had unexpectedly come home and walked in on his then-wife committing the act.

The next morning, Colonel Bushell received a ransom demand in the post. In addition to the typewritten note was a photograph of the painting with a hand and arm thrusting a newspaper in front of it. The newspaper had a headline announcing the theft.

Captain Oliver examined the note but did not identify the machine as one previously used by the Sons. She did indicate that the typewriter used to address the envelope was a different machine than the one used to make the note. This, too, had not been used before. She also identified the postmark as local. Sir Horace indicated that the clerks at the particular post office should be interviewed to see if anyone recalled anything useful.

Captain Oliver continued to investigate, concentrating on the newspaper in the photograph. She managed to identify it as the Doshoweh Sentinel, the chief English-language newspaper in The Six Nations. She passed this information to Major Gordon Rhodes who was coordinating the investigation on behalf of Colonel Bushell and he passed it on to Bushell when he telephoned from the Queen Charlotte Islands.

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