I’ve noticed that an increasing percentage of my readers are writers. I read several genres, but one of my favorites is mystery, which includes everything similar, i.e., crime fiction, detective fiction, suspense, thriller, police procedural. And there are a few tired old saws that I never want to see again. The closer I creep to having read 1,000 books in this category, the less I like seeing these overused devices:
The protagonist must solve the crime because he or she has been framed for the murder, or is suspected by the authorities.
The protagonist must solve the crime, because a loved one, especially a child, is being threatened in some way or held hostage.
The trunk of the car, the trunk of the car, the back of the truck, the back of the van, tied up in the backseat with a blindfold, the trunk of the car. When the protagonist gets abducted and tossed into a vehicle, especially in the damn trunk, I pause, roll my eyes, and breathe deeply. If the author chooses to do this and I am still engaged by their writing, it makes that author a total bad ass; however, it would still be awesome if you could avoid this.