A Mummer's Play
A Regency Christmas Novella
by Jo Beverley
December 17, 2013
Available in: e-Book (reprint)
From New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley comes a holiday tale of romance and intrigue in which a spirited woman hunts for the truth about her fallen lover...
On Christmas Eve, a group of costumed mummers—or actors—arrive at Torlinghurst where they will perform for Jack Beaufort, the new Duke of Cranmore. The mummers have gone from manor to manor in hopes of getting paid for their shows in drink, pies, and pennies. But among them is an impostor who only wants revenge.
Justina Travers has been in mourning for three years. Her beloved fiancé Simon perished in an ambush at the hands of the French. She believes the one survivor of the attack—“Lucky” Jack Beaufort—committed treason against his country and led his men to their death. Hoping to end Jack’s luck for good, Justina uses the mummers’ play to sneak into his home, but there she uncovers a dramatic twist that shakes her convictions...and just might melt her vengeful heart.
A Mummer’s Play previously appeared November 1995 in the mass market paperback anthology A Regency Christmas for Signet Books.
Passed away May 23, 2016.
Jo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada, but have now returned to England. They have two sons.
Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the eighties that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.
Now, she is the author of over thirty romance novels and many novellas — see Jo Beverley’s booklist which have brought her many awards, including five RITA awards from the Romance Writers of America and awards from Romantic Times including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.