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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Into The Closets is an adventurous interpersonal drama with some LGBTQ+ characters, scandals, and themes, and was penned by author Gry Finsnes. We meet our central heroine Aurelia when she is near the end of a strenuous interview process, trying to obtain a job at the illustrious Buckingham Palace and to work for the Queen of England. A nineties girl, Aurelia achieves the job and begins her work cataloging the treasures of the palace, as well as venturing out to find more. But when items from the catalog start to go missing, a whole tapestry of personal drama unveils amongst the many other employees, and their sexual practices are found to be under threat of blackmail.
An unusual premise for a tale, this recent-historical fiction takes us back to the nostalgic time of nineties royal scandals, when palace life was sequestered and more secret than it is for the royals of today. Aurelia is a compelling lead with a lot of intellect in her field, but also a sharp eye for clues, which gives this adventure tale a mystery and detective spin as the plot develops. Readers who enjoy these themes and the aura of intrigue will find a charming tale with a fascinating cast of characters, and all the secret scandals and exposés you could wish for. Author Gry Finsnes describes the gorgeous art and décor of royal life exceptionally well. Overall, Into The Closets is a niche novel for fans of royal living, scandalous secrets, and is a good, old-fashioned mystery caper.