Powder and Patch
may not be Georgette Heyer's best work, but the qualities that make her work so beloved to so many people do shine in this short but lively story. The characters are bright and lively, and the attention to detail is splendid as always. Phillip and Cleone may be more immature than many of her protagonists and too ridiculously blessed in looks and talents, but they still were a delight to read about, as were their surrounding ensemble. I wonder how much better this story would have turned out had Heyer written it at a later point in her life, but as it is, Powder and Patch
is an excellent, easy way to lighten a boring workday.