Meet Debbie Poole, Brian's dedicated beta reader, editor and more recently, researcher. Debbie a native of Liverpool, offered her services as a beta reader , having read A Mersey Killing. She loved the book but found a few typos in the finished book and contacted Brian, offering her services for any future books. Errors corrected, the new team pressed on with All Saints, forging a close working relationship that has since gone from strength the strength. Debbie reads, and offers editorial advice on the books. As she lives in Liverpool she has been able to give sound advice on the more modern aspects of the city, which has changed a great deal since the author's childhood, with many places, streets and buildings having disappeared or drastically changed through the years. Thus she is able to ensure the locales, and other details in the books are as accurate and up to date as possible.
In a logical progression from her editorial and advisory roles, Debbie most recently offered (A real glutton for punishment is Debbie), her services as a researcher in order to help with the next two books in the series, A Very Mersey Murder and Last Train to Lime Street. As a result her two most recent assignments have seen her carrying out a day of arduous research in the pubs near to Merseyside Police Headquarters, and also driving around the city of Liverpool, taking photgraphs of railway lines and bridges, and the undegrowth that springs up beside the tracks, seeking the perfect site for a body dump site.
Imagine if she'd been approached by a police officer whilst hanging over the parapet of a railway bridge, camera in hand.
Officer: "Excuse me madam. Please can you tell what you're doing, hanging over that bridge with a camera in your hand?"
Debbie: "Well yes, officer. Actually, I'm just looking for a good location to dump a body. Anything else you'd like to know?"
Seriously though, Debbie is an important part of the team, and her efforts are gratefully acknowledged and appreciated by the author.