Risa Klarman is a Toronto-based lawyer with a love of Greek and Roman classics. This past December, she self-published her first novel, The Gods of Love and Murder, a “whodunit” story that begins when a beautiful, enigmatic woman named Vanessa appears naked out of Lake Ontario in the middle of a winter night, only to be arrested for indecent exposure. Two lawyers, Casey Brown and Edward Reagan, reluctantly agree to defend her, but soon find themselves drawn more and more deeply into the cases of some murders happening around the city of Toronto until they discover, to their horror, that they might have committed them.
Klarman took the time to speak to Bookclub-in-a-Box about her captivating debut novel, a literary murder mystery that follows a number of characters whose names reference the gods and goddesses in Greek and Roman mythology. Using the same themes found in those stories, The Gods of Love and Murder explores guilt, compulsion, love, loss and redemption.
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