As a close and passionate reader of Georgette Heyer’s novels (some of them I’ve read easily a dozen times), I’ve noticed that she seems to be heavily influenced by William Shakespeare’s comedies. The Masqueraders shows this influence more than any of her other books. In it a con artist brother and sister, fleeing the disastrous Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, hide their identities by cross-dressing. The brother dresses as a woman, the sister as a man. They rescue a damsel in distress at an inn and are soon drawn into the expected romantic hijinks. This is by no means the best of Georgette Heyer’s novels, but it is a light, entertaining, fun read.