The Pyjama Girl Mystery by Richard Evans

The partly burned body of the so-called “pyjama girl” was found in countryside near Albury in 1934. Eventually she would be identified as Florence Agostini, murdered by her husband Antonio. Evans says doubts remain on both counts. He brings to his sophisticated treatment of the subject appropriate insights into its cultural and historical dimensions, as well as a healthy scepticism about the various motivations and methods of the lengthy police investigation. There is also the strange involvement of rogue doctor Thomas Benbow, who for a time was given exceptional access to police resources and proceeded to confuse everyone with his mad theories.