I have 3 ideas that I want to try to turn into longer stories, with the hope that they can reach novel length, but I can't get beyond the initial premise, with a lead character and the major event that kicks the story off. The three ideas are as follows, all suggestions gratefully received. 1. A retired actress, famous for playing a cop in a cheesy TV series from 20 years ago, tries to unravel the mystery of why several people around her have all died in a relatively short period of time. 2. A TV producer attends the funeral of an old school friend who had been living rough and was found drowned in a local canal. Was it an accident? Was it suicide? Was it something else? 3. A wildlife photographer (and former Royal Marine), out in the wilds, sort-of witnesses a murder. He doesn't think he's seen enough to identify the culprit, but the culprit doesn't know it. Any thoughts as to where to go from here? Any sound too much like books/movies you're familiar with? Which one(s), if any, do you think might hold the most promise. Thanks in advance for your help.