A love captured. A woman unbound. A gentleman dead.
The year is 1866. Edward Scales is a businessman, a butterfly collector, a respectable man. He is the man Gwen Carrick fell in love with seven years before. Now he is dead and Gwen is on trial for his murder.
From country house drawing rooms to the rainforests of Brazil, The Specimen explores the price one independent young woman might pay for wanting an unorthodox life.
Set in a Victorian world battling between the forces of spiritualism and Darwinism, polite society and the call of clandestine love, Gwen and Edward's tale is a gripping melodrama, a romance and a murder mystery that will compel readers to its final thrilling page.
Martha Lea was born in Leicester in 1970 and has a BA in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art and Design. She lives in the Fens with her partner and two children. The Specimen is her first novel.
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