i'm sure your right. but it seems to me when your brand new and unpublished you;ll try to be as sensational and attention grabbing as you can in order to get your first book publihed. make no mistake. i understand what you mean and I agree with you, but i;m a little too insecure to have too many scruples. i'm quite willing (honestly) to shed one or two convictions.
I agree with Ingirid. The body should be found in the first chapter.
Now, for the best place to murder someone...in the embalming room of a funeral home. It would be a nightmare to collect blood samples and other evidence from there. DNA would be mixed. What a mess for detectives.
In the wee hours of the morning. On the floor of the motel room just off the interstate, next to the strung-out hooker and the bloody canvass bag stuffed with hundred-dollar bills and a .45 automatic. With the police banging on the door and the main character having no idea of where he is or how he got there.