I am writing chapter 3 from the viewpoint of the victim’s wife. She will become a main character. The homicide detectives are still there, but they’re minor characters. We don’t know anything about them, except what a reader might learn from dialogue and the main character’s observations.
This works very well for me. I’ll finish chap. 3 tomorrow and start on 4 if all goes well. I feel so much better about all of this.