Since I seem to be stuck in non-fiction for the moment, I'm not allowed to strew bodies as I'd like. In most of my books, the murder(s) don't start at the beginning. Usually, I like to get to know the victims better so that I have a good reason to do them in. In TO WEAR THE WHITE CLOAK, I did start out with a dead Templar rotting away in the house while Catherine and Edgar were in Germany for the previous book. But that hardly ever happens. I think that what editors really mean is that the tension has to be there early. All they, and we, want is for the reader to have a compelling interest in turning the page. I like to remind people that in GAUDY NIGHT there never is a body. And that is one of my all-time favorite mysteries.
I shall try to remember to post next Saturday but I may be having too much fun at the Chicago Love is Murder convention http://www.loveismurder.net/ I'll will try to report for those of you who think that flying into Ohare in February is too much excitement.