A love captured. A woman unbound. A gentleman dead.... The year is 1865. Gwen Carrick is on trial at the Old Bailey for murder. The victim is Edward Scales, a businessman, a butterfly collector, a respectable man. He is the man she fell in love with 10 years before. Be not deceived by the prisoner's apparent stature, by her - notable - command of language; and nor yet by her insistence of guiltlessness. This, gentlemen, is a wily female cornered, who would stop at nothing to get what she wants.
From Cornish country houses to the rainforests of Brazil, The Specimen asks whether Gwen could really murder the man she loved, and discovers the cost one woman could pay for wanting an unorthodox life. Set in a Victorian world battling between the forces of spiritualism and Darwinism, polite society and the urge to clandestine love, this magnetic novel is a gripping melodrama, a doomed love story and a murder mystery. Download and start listening now!