Hi all. So I just finished writing my first novel, which turned out much, much longer than I intended. It's a big, nutty epic that I've decided might be better revisited after letting it get cold. This tends to help me recognize/trim the less vital elements. In the meantime... I've started writing a very different novel (only three chapters in so far), and I expect it to be much shorter (about 85-90k). My concern, though, is that the plot seems very - I don't know - simplistic. It's essentially a contemporary murder mystery/ghost story. I love my main character, and am proud of how I've planned her development over the course of the novel. The murder mystery is a vehicle for her development and the realizations that she'll make about herself and her world, but I'm concerned that a neat little mystery about a murder and a jewel theft seems like small bananas. Maybe I'm just comparing this plot to the larger epic plot and watching it pale by comparison? Or maybe I should just keep writing and see what happens. I just haven't read a lot of mystery novels recently and am wondering if stakes have to be higher, or if the strength of the protagonist can win out. Thoughts? Hope this made any sense at all.