I'm brand new to the site (in fact, this is my first post), so bear with me if this is in the wrong spot (and pleae point me in the right direction). I've always written short stories, but I've recently decided to try my hand at some sort of longer fiction. I fell upon the idea of a good old-fashioned Hollywood murder mystery. Below is a basic summary of the layout of the story. It should be noted that I haven't figured out who the murderer is yet (all I know is that it's none of the listed suspects). The Victim is the most famous man in Hollywood; a dashing, handsome contract player for (the temporarily-named) Star Studios. He's discovered dead (stabbed) in his dressing room on the set of his latest middle-ages romantic epic. Basically, he was Errol Flynn. Notoriously charming in public, he was in fact a very depressed alcoholic. The Suspects are: -The Actor's Wife, who has recently filed for divorce after discovering the Actor was having an affair with... -... The Leading Lady, who is furious with the Actor for leaving her and trying to patch things up with his Wife. -The Studio Head, who is upset with the Actor for buying out of his contract to move to the rival studio. -A Director, who feels the Actor ruined his career (reason undetermined as of right now, suggestions very welcome) -A Rival Actor, who was once friends with the Actor until he (the Victim) became so obsessed with fame and fortune that he left him (the Rival Actor) behind, actually convincing directors and producers not to hire him (the Rival Actor) so he (the Victim) can get the parts -A Mafioso, whom the Actor borrowed money from in order to buy out of his contract with the Studio Head The Investigator is a Police Detective with the LAPD, and he's also the one we follow as the story unfolds. So there you have it: the crime, the red herrings and the man whose job it is to solve the crime. I've very seriously considered having some crooked police be somehow involved, but I fear that's too close to LA Confidential. Any ideas as to perhaps a motive for murdering the Actor, or an interesting perpetrator are welcome. I'd also like some suggestions for another, lesser crime (that the Detective talks to one of his colleagues about while at the police station) that is ultimately related to the murder of the Actor. Thank you very much in advance.