Tropes and clichés are not the same. Tropes are often well-done and favored within fandoms. On the other hand, clichés are overused and overrated. There are many clichés or tropes in mystery novels.
But everyone has an opinion. Some tropes are loved or hated, while some clichés are loved or hated.
It can be easy for a trope to cross over to the cliché side, which is then classified as a “clichéd trope.” This article will discuss some typical clichés or tropes in mystery novels.
Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.