In the past I have read Oliver's first detective novel, The Pew Group. In that one, we had what seemed to be a most innocent murder. Doreen Corder didn't mean to do it, but somehow her foot jumped out just as her odious husband reached the top of the stairs. Her husband was in the antique business and left her almost nothing in his will. All she has is the Pew Group, a very ugly but extremely valuable piece of pottery that she hopes to sell for a pretty penny. But then it is stolen. Doreen takes comfort in the arms of the young and handsome Joseph O'Shea while her mother, Lizzie Thomas, and John Webber work on recovering the Pew Group.
This year I have Oliver's Cover-Up on my list of books to read. It will help me take care of a few challenges and it will show me what Oliver's work was like when he stopped writing--because Cover-Up is his fourth and final book. In this one Joseph Greenwood, a successful art dealer with a penchant for paintings, is unaware that a date with death is looming as he drives through the English countryside. He is distracted by a hot tip he has received about a very valuable and rare Stanley Spencer painting. A painting that is currently in the hands of the one-time actress Victoria Varley. But after only one look at the prize, Greenwood winds up dead--and Victoria and the large bundle of money Greenwood brought with him have vanished. Flaxwood residents Lizzie Thomas and John Webber soon become involved and find out that art collecting can be a most unhealthy business....priceless masterpieces seem to lead to wholesale murder.