Books: Mystery of the Vanishing Virgin

"ELIZABETH Is MISSING"—Lillian de la Torre—Knopf ($3.50).

On the night of Jan. 1, 1753, Elizabeth Canning, 18, a shy, yellow-haired London servant girl, said good night to her aunt at the foot of Houndsditch Road and set out for the home of her master, an elderly carpenter who lived near Bedlam Hospital. She was dressed in her holiday best, a purple gown shot with yellow, black quilted petticoat, blue stockings with red clocks, her waist was girded by a pair of ten-shilling stays. No one who knew her ever saw her in that costume...

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