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This podcast is filled with learning. Not just for writers. Besides helping fiction writers with authentic “cop stuff”, it gives a foundational understanding of the rule of law. I’ve listened since 2018. Very educational. Never miss a segment. If you are new to the podcast, start with segments #001 through #009. Heed the warning on #010, skip the last 5 minutes. Don’t miss #014 on Leadership, #027 on Human Trafficking, #061 on OODA Loops, #048 on Color Codes, #067 on Hate Crimes, and #060 on Bad Cops/Slippery Slope. There are many more good ones. Learn about using a VPN on #030 and #031. Look for the Bloodhound Story, #106. The Future of Policing, #59. Every 18 minute session is valuable. No blue light syndrome. Just searching for the truth.

Real, Fact-Based Information

Adam pulls no punches. He answers questions in an informed, detailed manner. And, he has tips for writers on how to use the information creating a story. This podcast is solid.

Phenomenal Podcast

Bottom Line: phenomenal podcast. I listen to every episode and always learn something. I discovered the Writer’s Detective Bureau when Joanna Penn interviewed Adam Richardson on her The Creative Penn podcast. I subscribed immediately and, within a couple episodes, signed up as a patron of the show. If you are writing anything in which characters or events encounter or interact with law enforcement in the modern age, you owe it to yourself to follow this podcast. I have learned more listening to this podcast than I have in countless internet searches. I have derived value from every episode, and I write primarily Science Fiction

Great resource for people interested in police work and the ins and outs

I love listening to this as part of my weekly podcasting binge. I particularly liked the one on hate crimes but I find all of them interesting and informative. I am delighted this podcast has hit the waves.

Fantastic Resource

This is an outstanding resource. Any writer of police procedurals should listen regularly, but the details that come out of this podcast can provide a taste of authenticity to any story where the conflict involves law enforcement. I'm loving this podcast.

Beyond valuable!

This is a MUST of a Writer's Resource - not just for those who write crime thrillers, but for writers in general! And now, I can really make my romantic suspense novel SING!

Outstanding resource

Adam combines his real world experience as a detective with a genuine desire to help writers ground their stories in the reality of police work. Why would anyone writing crime fiction not take advantage of this rare resource?Highly recommended.

The Go To Resource for Mystery Writers

Entertaining, informational, and full of resources. A good show for writers and mystery buffs. Go forth and listen. You will not be disappointed.

Adam rocks this podcast

Adam is superb at explaining and defining the nuances of police work. His podcasts are filled with great details about how police departments are structured and operate. Adam, thanks for sharing your expertise.

Fabulous resource

Just learned about the podcast today and have listened to three episodes. Can’t praise the show enough. The information presented puts any crime fiction writer on a level playing field with an author like Michael Connelly who has his own group of detectives to seek advice from. Even as a retired cop, I learned things from the episodes I’ve listened to especially with respect to the differences in policing in California versus the state I worked in. Highly recommend this podcast and I won’t be missing an episode.

A detective who thinks like a writer!

I found this podcast so helpful I am now sponsoring Adam through Patreon. Adam’s podcast are informative and detailed, and he explains things so clearly and thoroughly. I’ve gotten advice for my crime fiction from a few sources, but the difference with Adam is that he thinks like a writer. He anticipates the scenarios a writer will encounter in fleshing out a story and offers ways to make it work from a storytelling perspective and maintain authenticity. He also values his listeners and their craft.

Font of information

Adam is great at respectfully answering questions, no matter how silly or vapid they might seem. He provides detailed information without getting lost in the weeds. If you are writing detective fiction or any type of story that includes the police, you will benefit from listening to this oidcast.

Love this podcast

What can I say except “Wow!” Adam gives insightful informative facts and details about law enforcement with fun unpretentious patter that engages the listener. I’m a patreon and believe this podcast improves my writing as well as creating a fertile environment for further investigation and forward-thinking storytelling. Bravo.

Excellent resource for writers!

If you need help with law enforcement accuracy in your writing project, look no further. Det. Adam Richardson, currently in law enforcement, provides helpful information in every podcast. The Facebook group is also a great place to get your questions answered.

You *need* this podcast!

If you’re writing any kind of crime fiction, this is a great show to listen to. Great info, whether you’re writing cozies or urban fantasy or anything in between! I’ll be listening more. :)

Valuable tool for writers.

I"m a big fan of this podcast. Adam does a great job of explaining the world of police work so everyone can understand. This is a must-listen for writers who want to be more authentic in their writing.

Dispatches from Behind the Yellow Tape

Listening to the Writer's Detective Bureau is like being on a ride-along with a police detective. Adam draws on his experience gleaned from a career in law enforcement, and paints a realistic picture of life in law enforcement. A great listen for both writers and civilians alike.

Great resource

If you write crime or thrillers, you need to listen to this show. A wonderful resource

Very Articulate and Clear- and Entertaining!

Adam packs it all in - faces, clarity and entertainment. Superb.

Not just for writers

You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy this show. I’m a fan of crime fiction and really find the stories here to be fascinating and engrossing. I’m hitting the subscribe button for sure!

For Crime Lovers!

I love that Adam shares his knowledge from his experience as a detective! As a true crime addict, this podcast was super interesting.


As someone who is interested in true crime stories, this podcast is EVERYthiNG. Adam is so knowledgable and I find each episode to be completely fascinating!!!! A great suppliment to all my true crime podcasts, too!

What a fantastic idea!

I love that this detective started his own podcast. My son makes movies and we were talking about how they often get police officers on the set (when they are using guns and at other times). He always comes home with amazing stories the officers tell him. Stumbling upon this podcast, I love how this guy is making it easy for artists/authors to "get it right." Great idea!

Is it a crime to give six stars in a five-star world?

It was a dark and stormy night when I reviewed this podcast. I love to write, though I never did any crime writing. If I ever do (or go on to commit crimes), then this is a fantastic resource. Informative and packed full of great info.

Great Podcast

Adam is just great, and he really knows his stuff! I've been listening to this podcast and I really enjoy how he can break things down and decribe them. He truly knows what he is talking about, and I am learning a lot!


This Writer’s Detective podcast is filled with learning. Besides being directed toward helping writers with inside “cop stuff” information, I’m learning things I just didn’t know about the rule of law. I look forward to hearing answers to new questions every week. I really enjoy listening, but I also read the transcripts to grasp better understanding. Thanks for providing both, Det. Adam. I’m signing up on Patreon to help pay for transcriptions. Keep up your good work. Very useful.

Writer gives a salute

As an author, I appreciate what Adam has provided in the podcast! This is a great resource for writers :)


I'm a veteran cop and aspiring writer. I appreciate Adam's perspective and his thorough attention to detail. It's useful to hear how cop shops work in other parts of the country, and I'm looking forward to more episodes. Thanks, Adam!

Entertaining resourceful podcast

Adam does a great job answering all the police procedure etc. questions you could want and he does it with a wry understated sense of humor. Thank you Adam!

Helpful for Police Procedural Writers

I am currently writing my fifth Crime Fiction novel in the Music City Murders series. When I began back in 2006, I had to contact active duty or retired detectives for this kind of help. This podcast offers a great resource any new author could benefit from. Thanks, Adam Richardson.

Great podcast!

Such a great podcast & really useful. As a horror writer knowing about murder methods as well as crime and punishment is invaluable. Bonus points: the host has a great voice!


So excited to have this resource and thankful for all of Adam’s hard work. I’m looking forward to learning more! Keep up the awesome work Adam!

Real answers to your question

Don't let your story fall into the black hole of "It's not really done that way". A great resource for writers. Always learn a lot.

Excellent Writer’s Resource

Adam had been supplying the writing community with excellent “free” technical advice on police procedures for a long time through his Facebook and his website. Now he has expanded to the podcast, and crime writers should bookmark, download, and pay attention to his advice! As a former homicide detective, I can tell you Adam’s technical advising is right on the mark.

Great new podcast

I have been following Adam on Facebook and his email newsletter for some time now. As a police officer and wrtier myself I enjoy learning how cops in other parts of the country do the same job. Adam provides great insight into our job and is able to describe it in a way authors can use to make thier novles better.


This is what I’ve been waiting for! This podcast is grist to the mill for my story and I thoroughly enjoy listening to Adam’s insights and ideas.