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The Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern youn The Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.


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The Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern youn The Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

30 review for Pride and Premeditation

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    “Jane. I will not live my life sitting by the side while there are so many men making a mess of things.” And thus began the saga of Elizabeth Bennett our favorite Regency-era woman teaming up with Darcy to solve a murder in nineteenth-century London. P&P is arguably Jane Austen’s most popular novel, so I had high expectations from this book. Tirzah Price did a phenomenal job capturing the essence of the characters and transporting them into a new story while at the same time remaining true to i “Jane. I will not live my life sitting by the side while there are so many men making a mess of things.” And thus began the saga of Elizabeth Bennett our favorite Regency-era woman teaming up with Darcy to solve a murder in nineteenth-century London. P&P is arguably Jane Austen’s most popular novel, so I had high expectations from this book. Tirzah Price did a phenomenal job capturing the essence of the characters and transporting them into a new story while at the same time remaining true to its roots. The good -We are still given the famous opening line, with a twist, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.” - The plot is where this book stood out for me I mean who could have thought about a plot like this. Amazingly though out and perfectly woven book. -The pacing was really well done as well and the mystery was perfectly crafted , I thought I figured out the culprit but then again the at the end I was convinced not surprised though but convinced at the smart choice of author. - I read several reviews and what people seem to dislike about the book was the fact that Darcy appear after like 40% of the book is complete but me being a supportive wife to my wife Lizzie enjoyed the fact that most of the book was focused on Lizzie and I think that's exactly what Jane Austen would have wanted. “Do you purposefully misunderstand everything I say, Miss Bennet?” “Do you purposefully overlook all inconvenient truths, Mr. Darcy?” - They spend most of the time bickering and glowering at each other which i live for ofc, and Lizzie is suspicious of him, but she doesnt seem to abhor truly negative feelings towards him. This was a nice touch to the plot. “So your only choice is to hate everyone?” “And yours is to willfully misunderstand everyone,” he said finally, meeting the full force of her gaze." The bad - First thing that bothered me was Lizzie's age why the hell was she 17 when the motive of the book was to show condition of women in 19th century ,this modification added absolutely nothing to the story and makes no sense to me at all. -Some characters, Lizzie’s sisters, are just background characters and don’t have much going for them like they did in the original. - I get that romance is not the main genre of the book but I wanted it to be more than just 30% . I was a bit letdown on that front. Overall a delightful, super feminist, action-packed historical murder with loads of banter and sass! And not to forget that this is the first installment in the series and I can't wait to read them 💜

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Retelling Jane Austen classics with a Murder Mystery twist!? And this cover!? Get on my shelves!!! Retelling Jane Austen classics with a Murder Mystery twist!? And this cover!? Get on my shelves!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    j o a n n a ☀️

    I’m so conflicted about this one 🤷🏽‍♀️ Here's the thing, I would have enjoyed this one so much more if I wasn't in a Jane Austen class right now at college and hadn't immersed myself in the regency era for like three months now. I know the author left a note on historical accuracy in the back, but I just could not get past the inaccuracies in this book. It was very unrealistic. Something else that bothered me about this book was how vague the characters were. They were not well-developed or fles I’m so conflicted about this one 🤷🏽‍♀️ Here's the thing, I would have enjoyed this one so much more if I wasn't in a Jane Austen class right now at college and hadn't immersed myself in the regency era for like three months now. I know the author left a note on historical accuracy in the back, but I just could not get past the inaccuracies in this book. It was very unrealistic. Something else that bothered me about this book was how vague the characters were. They were not well-developed or fleshed out. They each seemed more like archetypes rather than characters, particularly Elizabeth. I couldn't get past her naive nature. She had none of the qualities the actual Elizabeth did. Speaking of Elizabeth, I do not think this needed to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling. It really made no sense. There was really no basis that made it seem like a retelling, mainly because there were no key plot points from the original book. There was no letter from Darcy to Elizabeth, no Lydia running away with Wickham, no growth between Jane and Bingley. All of the things that made Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice were gone. It seemed more like a very, very vague fanfiction. Which isn't a bad thing, just not what I wanted. Essentially what I'm trying to say is that I felt like the author used Austen's characters in the author's own world without paying homage to the original. There were a couple of things I liked though! I definitely didn't see the murderer coming nor did I suspect how and why it would play out. I also liked the fact that Charlotte was biracial. She had interesting commentary, but once again was grossly underused...it almost seemed like a throwaway to add some diversity to the book. I read the exclusive Barnes and Noble version that had the extra chapter in the back, and that was super fun. I would recommend reading that version if you can because the extra chapter in the back was better than the epilogue. It had more characterization and growth between Darcy and Elizabeth than the whole book did. This was a quick, easy read just not for me. Like I said...too many inaccuracies and not enough substance. 👩‍⚖️🔎✉️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    I am friends with the author through our work at Book Riot so it doesn't feel terribly fair for me to give an official star rating. For me, a retelling needs to walk a pretty fine line. If it just retells the same story in the same way, it is no fun even if you've moved the setting or time period. You need to give me something new to invest in. Tirzah uses a very Austen-y voice, and she's quite good at it, so I got to have those nice familiar feels. But her story is quite different, even if you I am friends with the author through our work at Book Riot so it doesn't feel terribly fair for me to give an official star rating. For me, a retelling needs to walk a pretty fine line. If it just retells the same story in the same way, it is no fun even if you've moved the setting or time period. You need to give me something new to invest in. Tirzah uses a very Austen-y voice, and she's quite good at it, so I got to have those nice familiar feels. But her story is quite different, even if you recognize the characters. For me, this meant it worked quite well. But some who like more strict retelling styles may find it is so far from the norm that it's not their cup of tea. (Although I don't know how they'd expect a P&P retelling with murder to stay all that close to the original.) I liked that I generally knew if a character would be good or bad but didn't know how they fit into this mystery, a good balance. I liked very much how we focused on aspiring solicitor Lizzie's continual frustrations with the way men are able to co-opt her work, that helped it feel true to the time but has more similar stakes to the way women feel today than Lizzie's feelings about marriage. The solution to the mystery was a bit too complex for my tastes, though it's certainly accurate to the period. Just a personal preference thing, I also get annoyed with Agatha Christie when a motive turns out to be on the fussy side. But I liked that the balance was more towards mystery than romance, which is also my personal preference. I like to keep the romance in the B-plot and make sure it moves forward with the plot, Tirzah is great at this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    If you are familiar with me at all you know that I will read any P&P retelling. This time around my old fave is taken to a cozy direction where Mr. Bingley has been accused of murder!!!! Lizzie Bennet wants to prove to her father that women are just as capable of men and that she is deserving of more than just a behind-the-scenes clerk type of job at his law firm. Unfortunately, Mr. Bingley already has a solicitor working on his case – Fitzwilliam Darcy. What follows is the two combining forc If you are familiar with me at all you know that I will read any P&P retelling. This time around my old fave is taken to a cozy direction where Mr. Bingley has been accused of murder!!!! Lizzie Bennet wants to prove to her father that women are just as capable of men and that she is deserving of more than just a behind-the-scenes clerk type of job at his law firm. Unfortunately, Mr. Bingley already has a solicitor working on his case – Fitzwilliam Darcy. What follows is the two combining forces in order to not only prove Bingley’s innocence, but also to avoid becoming victims themselves. As I said above, I read about eleventy-three of these revampings per year. This one????? They can’t all be homeruns.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Book Hooked)

    2.5 Ok so this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery twist. I so wanted to love this but I was kinda disappointed. To start off, I was correct about the people I suspected. CORRECT. Zoe never is correct in mysteries. Zoe doesn’t think smart during mysteries. Zoe never solves the mystery. So that says something. Secondly, Lizzie (our Mc) did not act like Elizabeth Bennett at all. I kept trying to imagine her but it never worked. She acted so differently. And all of a sudden D 2.5 Ok so this is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a murder mystery twist. I so wanted to love this but I was kinda disappointed. To start off, I was correct about the people I suspected. CORRECT. Zoe never is correct in mysteries. Zoe doesn’t think smart during mysteries. Zoe never solves the mystery. So that says something. Secondly, Lizzie (our Mc) did not act like Elizabeth Bennett at all. I kept trying to imagine her but it never worked. She acted so differently. And all of a sudden Darcy never decides to be grunt or mean and instantly turns into a softy. NO. And things only pick up at page like 250 an md that’s more than half way through. I was a bit bored. YET, this was so quick to read. Thee author even took so big chunks of quotes the characters say in the original and threw the exact words in here. No. It’s a retelling you don’t do that. I did enjoy the setting as always and I enjoyed all the other characters because they acted like the originals. But it was just not a good mystery. And the two Mc did not act like the way they are supposed to.

  7. 4 out of 5

    nαомι αndιno

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.” I’m not a fan of Pride & Prejudice but I am a fan of murder mysteries. Also, the cover is just completely breath taking, so I decided the give it a shot and I loved it! The characters are pretty much the same but this book includes kidnappings, pirates, murders, etc. I loved Lizzie, Jane and Darcy far more than I did in the original. Placing Lizzie and Darcy “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.” I’m not a fan of Pride & Prejudice but I am a fan of murder mysteries. Also, the cover is just completely breath taking, so I decided the give it a shot and I loved it! The characters are pretty much the same but this book includes kidnappings, pirates, murders, etc. I loved Lizzie, Jane and Darcy far more than I did in the original. Placing Lizzie and Darcy as rivals was amazing and added a little more spice to the romance. Pride and Premeditation is the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series and I can’t wait to read the next books!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)

    This book had very sophisticated writing and continuously gave me a feeling as if I was reading classical literature instead of a retelling. The murder mystery twist to Lizzie and Mr Darcy's story was exciting and entertaining through and through! This book had very sophisticated writing and continuously gave me a feeling as if I was reading classical literature instead of a retelling. The murder mystery twist to Lizzie and Mr Darcy's story was exciting and entertaining through and through!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Who Dunnit? Well let me tell you! Tirzah Price, you have done it, and done it well, you did indeed! This book checks off everything I love in a book. 🌷Jane Austen inspired 🌷 Pride and Prejudice brilliant retelling 🌷 A YA Lizzie Bennet and of course, our swoon worthy Mr. Darcy 🌷 Thrilling Murder Mystery Page Turner This is the first book in a series and it is absolutely brilliant, wickedly witty, unputdownable, and super entertaining. This certainly is an epic read! Do check this book out if not fo Who Dunnit? Well let me tell you! Tirzah Price, you have done it, and done it well, you did indeed! This book checks off everything I love in a book. 🌷Jane Austen inspired 🌷 Pride and Prejudice brilliant retelling 🌷 A YA Lizzie Bennet and of course, our swoon worthy Mr. Darcy 🌷 Thrilling Murder Mystery Page Turner This is the first book in a series and it is absolutely brilliant, wickedly witty, unputdownable, and super entertaining. This certainly is an epic read! Do check this book out if not for the gorgeous cover, for a great YA mystery that will sure keep you guessing. Thank you @epicreads for the gifted book. All opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roaringwave

    3.5/5 --------------------------------- Pride and Prejudice + murder mystery? Could that possibly go wrong?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    A delightful combination of an Agatha Christie mystery with Jane Austen characters and setting. Elizabeth Bennet is determined to solve a mystery to acquit Mr. Bingley and at the same time convince her father that she is a worthy addition to his law firm. The Bennet family is intact as in Austen's novel, but living in Cheapside. In fact, the entire P&P cast is in a parallel timeline where they are all city dwellers. The mystery was very well done and I enjoyed spending time with some of my favor A delightful combination of an Agatha Christie mystery with Jane Austen characters and setting. Elizabeth Bennet is determined to solve a mystery to acquit Mr. Bingley and at the same time convince her father that she is a worthy addition to his law firm. The Bennet family is intact as in Austen's novel, but living in Cheapside. In fact, the entire P&P cast is in a parallel timeline where they are all city dwellers. The mystery was very well done and I enjoyed spending time with some of my favorite P&P characters. This could be recommended to preteen mystery buffs as there is no objectionable language or sexual content. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yashaswini Malik

    Pride and Prejudice retelling + The line, "Perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper." = My soul being sold. RTC Pride and Prejudice retelling + The line, "Perfect for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper." = My soul being sold. RTC

  13. 4 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you to the publishers at HarperCollins for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! "Stick to what you know for certain." This Jane Austen "re-telling" was everything I hoped it would be. I seriously love re-tellings and murder mysteries and I could not wait to dive into this book! I really enjoyed Lizzie as a MC and enjoyed the laughs and banter between her and Darcy. I wanted their to be more romance, but honestly I was more than ok that the mystery took Thank you to the publishers at HarperCollins for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! "Stick to what you know for certain." This Jane Austen "re-telling" was everything I hoped it would be. I seriously love re-tellings and murder mysteries and I could not wait to dive into this book! I really enjoyed Lizzie as a MC and enjoyed the laughs and banter between her and Darcy. I wanted their to be more romance, but honestly I was more than ok that the mystery took the drivers seat in this story. There were plenty of twists, turns and *gasp* worthy moments but I felt like the conclusion to the plot-or the big solving of the mystery was a bit unsatisfying. Overall this book was amazing and fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper, Down Comes the Night and of course Jane Austen will devour this book. 4/5 ✰’s

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Ibañez

    This was SO much fun. Highly unexpected and a fresh take on a beloved classic.while the characters you know so well will be recognizable here, they won’t be in the same roles which made for a page turning experience. Highly recommend for any Jane Austen fan.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I'm always up for a retelling, especially ones that have a twist and from ones that I truly adore. I think maybe I went into this expecting a bit too much. Yes it was fun, yes the twists were there but, for some reason I just couldn't get into this one like I wanted to. I didn't connect at all, especially not like I did with the original and that just left me feeling a bit disappointed and sad. The writing however wasn't bad and the mystery and story line was fun, it just lacked something that I I'm always up for a retelling, especially ones that have a twist and from ones that I truly adore. I think maybe I went into this expecting a bit too much. Yes it was fun, yes the twists were there but, for some reason I just couldn't get into this one like I wanted to. I didn't connect at all, especially not like I did with the original and that just left me feeling a bit disappointed and sad. The writing however wasn't bad and the mystery and story line was fun, it just lacked something that I can't even really explain except to say I just wasn't feeling any of those feels I normally have when it comes to this type of story, original or retelling. I think many people will like this, maybe even love it, it just wasn't quite what my expectations were hoping for. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I will legit read anything P+P related and murder mystery version sounded dreamy. I liked this version of Lizzy and Darcy. They’re both smart and determined and more similar this time around. I didn’t really see the cold exterior of original Darcy and instead the small bit of conflict was more about Lizzy feeling like she was being excluded. Instead these two worked well together. Plot wise, it was fun to see the characters in different set ups than the originals. I could have done with a millio I will legit read anything P+P related and murder mystery version sounded dreamy. I liked this version of Lizzy and Darcy. They’re both smart and determined and more similar this time around. I didn’t really see the cold exterior of original Darcy and instead the small bit of conflict was more about Lizzy feeling like she was being excluded. Instead these two worked well together. Plot wise, it was fun to see the characters in different set ups than the originals. I could have done with a million more scenes of Lizzy and Darcy alone, but that’s also because I wanted a lot more from the romance department. Overall, it was interesting, but I was never captivated. It was far too easy for me to set this down and leave it for a while. However, I am intrigued to see what other books will be done. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.**  Rating: 4.5 WOW! I might struggle for a moment to put into cohesive words just how much I loved this book!! I had a feeling I would enjoy it - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice mixed with a murder mystery!? Yes, please! I was just blown away with how quickly I devoured this book and how much I really loved it! I laughed out loud, I loved the twists and turns, and of course I adored the c **Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing an advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review.**  Rating: 4.5 WOW! I might struggle for a moment to put into cohesive words just how much I loved this book!! I had a feeling I would enjoy it - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice mixed with a murder mystery!? Yes, please! I was just blown away with how quickly I devoured this book and how much I really loved it! I laughed out loud, I loved the twists and turns, and of course I adored the characters. The liberties that Price took with the original telling of P&P worked SO WELL to turn it into a murder mystery. And I liked some of the other small changes that were made to make the story just different enough in little ways - like switching up Charlotte's story, including Fred and Abigail, and changing just a little the backgrounds for Bingley and Darcy. It was so well thought out! Adding in the backdrop that they are solicitors and barristers at law firms!? Brilliant. It worked so well to lay out the plot and the foundation for why they were all part of this murder mystery, and coincided so nicely with Lizzie's naturally inquisitive nature from the original text.  And of course we got the classic banter and tension, some fantastic scenes between Darcy and Lizzie, and just a great plot overall in my opinion. It helps so much that Price stayed true to the main characters and some of the others as well.  While parts might seem predictable to some, I honestly had so much fun with the twists and turns the story took me on. I will definitely recommend this to friends who love Austen - especially since well-known quotes are paraphrased so seamlessly in the story!  TW: murder, death, kidnapping, blood, racism, physical abuse, hints at sexual abuse, misogyny, violence, gun violence

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 /5 stars Pride and Premeditation is a Young Adult historical mystery retelling of Pride and Prejudice. This book is the first in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. The narrator is 17 year old Elizabeth Bennett/Lizzie (3rd person POV). I'm not super familiar with Pride and Prejudice. But it seems like the characters in this book have the same names as the original characters. This was a quick fun read. The mystery was good. And Lizzy was a firecracker of a heroine. She is an amazing amateur 3.5 /5 stars Pride and Premeditation is a Young Adult historical mystery retelling of Pride and Prejudice. This book is the first in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series. The narrator is 17 year old Elizabeth Bennett/Lizzie (3rd person POV). I'm not super familiar with Pride and Prejudice. But it seems like the characters in this book have the same names as the original characters. This was a quick fun read. The mystery was good. And Lizzy was a firecracker of a heroine. She is an amazing amateur super sleuth. And I absolutely loved her. This book is mostly a mystery. There is a bit of romance. But the mystery is the focus of the story. Overall, this book kept my attention. It was an enjoyable YA retelling. And the mystery was very strong. Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    alerleees

    "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man." "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    I loved this first in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series! It’s a pitch-perfect retelling with a twist of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in competing law firms, Longbourn & Sons vs. Pemberley Associates. Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of the owner of Longbourn, while Fitzwilliam Darcy is the lead lawyer for the Pemberly firm. She longs to be an attorney in the crackling good murder case where the firms represent competing sides. If you love the original as much as I do, you can guess that I loved this first in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series! It’s a pitch-perfect retelling with a twist of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in competing law firms, Longbourn & Sons vs. Pemberley Associates. Elizabeth Bennet is the daughter of the owner of Longbourn, while Fitzwilliam Darcy is the lead lawyer for the Pemberly firm. She longs to be an attorney in the crackling good murder case where the firms represent competing sides. If you love the original as much as I do, you can guess that sparks will fly in and out of the courtroom. While the case ensues, a budding romance grows between them. Yet uncovering the truth might prove dangerous to Lizzie’s life. WHO really dunnit? Will Lizzie escape harm? Will Darcy confess, “... dearest, loveliest Elizabeth”? Can’t wait for the next in the series! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 09 Mar 2021 Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Children's Books, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. Talking about this book? Be sure to tag it using #PrideandPremeditation #NetGalley

  21. 4 out of 5

    ella

    edit: the more i think about it, the more i disliked this. 2.5 rounded down i love pride and prejudice and i love ya mystery and this book combined both of them but the result was just eh. i feel like this would have been better if it had taken place in modern day rather than keeping it in the 1800s, especially being that price's attempt at mimicking austen's voice fell flat. while i was invested in the story (and the romance, of course) the premise simply did not live up to my expectations. edit: the more i think about it, the more i disliked this. 2.5 rounded down i love pride and prejudice and i love ya mystery and this book combined both of them but the result was just eh. i feel like this would have been better if it had taken place in modern day rather than keeping it in the 1800s, especially being that price's attempt at mimicking austen's voice fell flat. while i was invested in the story (and the romance, of course) the premise simply did not live up to my expectations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I. Give. Up. Make Lizzie a wannabe solicitor. Make Darcy her rival. Put Bingley on trial for murder. Sure. Just modernize it. Don't set it in the 1800s where Lizzie's cry that she's "better than the male solicitors and should be allowed to practice law!" will make me want to bash my head against a wall. I. Give. Up. Make Lizzie a wannabe solicitor. Make Darcy her rival. Put Bingley on trial for murder. Sure. Just modernize it. Don't set it in the 1800s where Lizzie's cry that she's "better than the male solicitors and should be allowed to practice law!" will make me want to bash my head against a wall.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roxana

    The idea of a murder mystery twist on Jane Austen's work is not particulary innovative, but it's still a fun premise. Successful books in this vein manage to balance the historical, romantic, and comedic/satiric elements of Austen's original with the demands of a mystery plot and genre. Unfortunately, Pride and Premeditation didn't really succeed on either front. While the author included a note on historical accuracy (and her choices about when to stick to historical reality and when to stretch The idea of a murder mystery twist on Jane Austen's work is not particulary innovative, but it's still a fun premise. Successful books in this vein manage to balance the historical, romantic, and comedic/satiric elements of Austen's original with the demands of a mystery plot and genre. Unfortunately, Pride and Premeditation didn't really succeed on either front. While the author included a note on historical accuracy (and her choices about when to stick to historical reality and when to stretch things a bit), it didn't cover everything, and the overall feel and flavor of the book suffered from the historical slopoiness - it took a while before I could even tell for sure that it was meant to be set in the Regency era. As for the romantic element - it takes a back seat to the mystery, which is fine, but doesn't develop successfully even in the background the way a slow burn romance usually would. Elizabeth's attraction to Darcy seems forced in at awkward intervals, and there's no other romantic storyline but theirs, since Jane and Bingley don't even meet on the page, and their relationship is just a throw away line at the end. The comedy of manners/social satire of the original isn't present, either, replaced with a heavy-handed feminism that wouldn't be out of place except it just lacks any subtlety or sense of history. (Something else, far more petty, that bothered me was lowering Elizabeth's age to 17 - it might have been to make the book fit the requirements of YA, but it didn't make a lot of sense, and it made the lines about Georgiana being only 15 slightly ridiculous.) Then there's the mystery itself. The solution manages to be at once convoluted and too obvious. The most fun thing about this book is seeing the ways in which the author molded Austen's original characters into her law firm/murder mystery set-up, but that approach means anyone familiar with the original Pride and Prejudice can see the revelations and villains coming from a mile away. Overall, there just wasn't much going on in this book. On every front, it lacked development, subtlety, and substance, taking the easy, flimsy, or heavy-handed option at every turn. I'm no purist, and I love a good Jane Austen fanfic or adaptation - but this was merely a mediocre one. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperTeen for the advance review copy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that an intrepid young woman desirous of being a lawyer must prove herself worthy of the career- in spite of the insipid males who qualify to the position with little effort- and succeed against parental and societal expectations while vying with a persnickety, brooding, handsome and already successful lawyer on a big murder case. Not a retelling exactly, not even a variation, but more of a historical mystery strongly flavored by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejud It’s a truth universally acknowledged that an intrepid young woman desirous of being a lawyer must prove herself worthy of the career- in spite of the insipid males who qualify to the position with little effort- and succeed against parental and societal expectations while vying with a persnickety, brooding, handsome and already successful lawyer on a big murder case. Not a retelling exactly, not even a variation, but more of a historical mystery strongly flavored by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The start to Tirzah Price’s new has a claim on Young Adult Historical Mystery fans and Austen lovers alike. Lizzie Bennet may be the daughter of Mr. Bennet of Bennet and Sons and the most intuitive criminal investigator for the firm, but she is forced to watch Collins take credit for her successful investigation of the current case. Though her father doesn’t mean for her to do anything more than marry a barrister, he does vaguely promise that if she finds a case on her own and solves it that he will consider her for the position. With Charlotte, the firm’s secretary’s help and advice, just such a case comes to her notice. A murder case of one Charles Bingley who allegedly killed his brother in law, Mr. Hurst. Mr. Bingley already has retained the best legal help from Pemberley Law Firm in Darcy the heir to the firm, but when Lizzie pretends to be Bingley’s sister to get into the prison and gain an audience with him to present her own theories about his case, he determines to have her help on his case, too. Butting heads with the insufferably snobbish Darcy and delving into the dangers of the investigation, Lizzie discovers there is more going on than she anticipated including Darcy not being as untarnished as she thought and her father discovering her activities which involve impersonation to interview a key witness, insinuating her way into the crime scene and getting nabbed by a Bow Street Runner. It will take all she has not to get the facts, but to stay alive. Someone doesn’t want the truth to come out. Pride and Premeditation is at heart a fun YA historical mystery. I was eager to read a murder mystery set in the Pride and Prejudice world. For some reason, I was under the impression that the story would be more enmeshed with that world than it was. Instead, this fresh take on the original borrows a few infamous P&P moments and general traits of its characters to form something new. I enjoyed the story more when I set aside the P&P connection and simply read it as its own tale. I found it entertaining though I will admit that I wasn’t deeply drawn in. Seventeen year old Lizzie is an audacious and anachronistic creation little like a Regency Era woman of her class with quite modern tendencies and thinking. The author writes her so on purpose. I didn’t mind and went with it. There is engaging banter and I chuckled at times over some of the comebacks. “Do you purposefully misunderstand everything I say, Miss Bennet?” “Do you purposefully overlook all inconvenient truths, Mr. Darcy?” I loved the idea of Lizzie and Darcy pitted against each other detecting the same crime, but it does take some adjustment. In other words, don’t get your knickers in a twist if details and dialogue go a tad off script when it comes to historical authenticity and storyline. And, because of this liberty, the reader gets a bold, clever, and impetuous heroine detective sparring with a capable and seasoned criminal lawyer who learns to see her in a much more favorable, respectful light than she ever sees him. ike the Elizabeth Bennet, she is created after, this Lizzie assumes and takes the word of those she shouldn’t. Eventually, they draw closer together as the investigation progresses. On a side note, I enjoyed Lizzie’s interactions with her sisters. Jane is so calm and wise with the youngest, Lydia, boisterous and ripe for trouble. I wish the group of sisters had more page time together. There is a hint of romance, but in this arena, the author does follow Regency Era etiquette so there is nothing blatant. The romance is also not as developed and, though they sparked against each other professionally, I didn’t see that so much when it came to attraction. The mystery was not deeply intricate though it had some decent twists and turns. Things got plenty exciting and suspenseful at times what with more death, kidnappings, seedy locations, and trailing through the evidence to the truth. For those in the know, would you believe Wickham is a cop (aka Bow Street Runner)? And, yeah, his character is much the same as the original. Besides the investigation there is courtroom drama, as well. The epilogue wrapped it up and let the reader see where things are headed in a satisfying way. This is a series and I’ve already caught sight of the title for book two which looks like it may enter the world of another Austen novel. I’m unsure if Lizzie will continue as the main detective or another intrepid female will step up in that role. All in all, I had a good time and was entertained by the characters and the story. Those who want a mystery with beloved Pride & Prejudice characters peopling the story shouldn’t hesitate to reach for this one. I rec’d this eARC through Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rincey

    A fun little Pride & Prejudice alternate universe. Not quite a retelling, but an interesting twist to the story Watch my full thoughts in my August wrap up: https://youtu.be/R0kYGbjNVnM A fun little Pride & Prejudice alternate universe. Not quite a retelling, but an interesting twist to the story Watch my full thoughts in my August wrap up: https://youtu.be/R0kYGbjNVnM

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I'm not a huge fan of the classics, but I'm pretty sure I read Pride and Prejudice in high school. I at least know the general storyline and have seen pieces of the movie (the one with Keira Knightley) that I also likely watched in school. (I was big on Spark Notes back then, and during the movie I was proba I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. I'm not a huge fan of the classics, but I'm pretty sure I read Pride and Prejudice in high school. I at least know the general storyline and have seen pieces of the movie (the one with Keira Knightley) that I also likely watched in school. (I was big on Spark Notes back then, and during the movie I was probably writing notes to a boyfriend or something equally ridiculous.) Why am I rambling about this? Because I have absolutely no idea why I requested this audiobook, but I am so very happy that I did! I really enjoyed Price's retelling of Lizzie and Darcy, and I even Googled comparisons throughout the book. She made me want to read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, which is really saying something. The murder mystery was a wonderful addition to the story, and I really liked seeing Lizzie fight for herself and her future. My one small complaint would be the lack of romance between Lizzie and Darcy, despite knowing it was accurate for the time period depicted within the book. I wanted heated looks and stolen moments, more bickering and hate-to-love vibes, even though it was obvious neither character would be so bold or forward with the other. Lizzie wants to one day be a respected barrister or solicitor, so she's willing to push past conventional norms to achieve those goals, but she still tries to adhere to society's rules and expectations regarding ladies and what's appropriate for them when men are involved (walking the streets unchaperoned, being alone in room with them, etc.) It doesn't always work out that way, but she is conscious of her actions and how they may appear to others. I just really wanted Lizzie and Darcy to have more passion and romance between them, but it was a small thing. I liked what was there, I just wanted more. I really enjoyed seeing how certain events unfolded, and was very surprised by specific revelations (which probably had a lot to do with my vague recollections of the original story). However, I'm sure even the most avid Austen fan will like Price's spin on a beloved classic and the addition of a murder mystery. I thought Lizzie's relationship with her parents was relatable and authentic, despite wanting to shake her mother on more than one occasion. Her daughter's value shouldn't rely on what kind of marriage she can secure, and Lizzie's wishes should have been respected. I know it was common during the time period, but it was still frustrating to see her being ignored and pushed towards a life she clearly didn't want for herself. I also thought her relationship with her sisters was humorous and wish there'd been more interactions between them. I don't want to say too much about the murder mystery itself, because I don't want to spoil anything on accident. Every clue and revelation meant something, so talking about any of the other secondary characters could potentially give something away. You should definitely go into this book with as little knowledge as possible! Already knowing and being familiar with Pride and Prejudice will give you some insight, but not enough to spoil the story. Definitely keep this book on your radar if you enjoy Austen, historical fiction, or murder mysteries! (★★★★☆) Side note: Synthetic voices are weird. It sounded like a normal narrator, but it lacked variation. Every character sounded the same, there were no long pauses or heavy sighs, and you have to really pay attention to the details so you don't miss anything important. It's not horrible to listen to, but I would like to listen to this one again when it's properly narrated. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin' | Amazon | Pinterest

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Fryman

    Available Tuesday, April 6th! Six word summary: Pride and Prejudice meets cozy mystery! Favorite Quote: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man. (Quote taken from Advanced Copy, yet to be verified with the finalized copy!) Loved: Finally a P&P retelling I can get behind! I'm very picky since P&P is my favorite book of all time, but this was just pure delight for my little Mr. Darcy lovin' heart! While s Available Tuesday, April 6th! Six word summary: Pride and Prejudice meets cozy mystery! Favorite Quote: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man. (Quote taken from Advanced Copy, yet to be verified with the finalized copy!) Loved: Finally a P&P retelling I can get behind! I'm very picky since P&P is my favorite book of all time, but this was just pure delight for my little Mr. Darcy lovin' heart! While some liberties will taken regarding the historical setting, I think this is such a fun way to access a a classic set centuries ago! I also loved that several lines are used directly from the original text! Genre: Historical Fiction/Retelling/Mystery Recommend for: Fans of Pride and Prejudice (obviously), YA Murder Mysteries, cozy mysteries, or historical mysteries Reminds me of: In the Hall with the Knife meets Pride and Prejudice (obviously). Or more PG, teen version of the Stephanie Plum Series (Book 1: One for the Money)! Verdict: Gets a stared review from me! Highly recommend picking this one up. HarperTeen provided me with an advanced copy of this book for review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by Harper Teen through NetGalley. 3.5 stars ✨ Pride and Premeditation is a Jane Austen retelling with a murder mystery twist and I was seriously impressed with this book! It was enjoyable, fun, and an excellent new take on a beloved classic. My favorite thing about this book was how well it incorporated elements of Pride and Prejudice. The characters and major plot points remained, staying true to their source material, but the rest of the story THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by Harper Teen through NetGalley. 3.5 stars ✨ Pride and Premeditation is a Jane Austen retelling with a murder mystery twist and I was seriously impressed with this book! It was enjoyable, fun, and an excellent new take on a beloved classic. My favorite thing about this book was how well it incorporated elements of Pride and Prejudice. The characters and major plot points remained, staying true to their source material, but the rest of the story was uniquely woven around them to give it a fresh feel. The murder mystery also added an aspect of unpredictability that I always find important when reading retellings, and this was done perfectly. Tirzah Price is very clearly a seasoned writer, and it really shows in her debut book. The writing was engaging, the pacing was excellent, and the weaving of Pride and Prejudice elements with originality was cleverly done. I look forward to reading more Jane Austen murder mysteries from her in the future!

  29. 5 out of 5

    ReadToBreathe

    4.5 ⭐ rounded to 5 I don't read YA, for I don't have any interest in them. I picked this book for two reasons. Firstly, the gorgeous cover that immediately caught my eye. And secondly, bc of the title. I didn't even read the synopsis and I'm so happy I didnot bc it would have probably persuaded me to not pick the book. I have never read any of Jane Austen's books before but I find myself enjoying the retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" since it is the only adaptation I have ever watched. Every tim 4.5 ⭐ rounded to 5 I don't read YA, for I don't have any interest in them. I picked this book for two reasons. Firstly, the gorgeous cover that immediately caught my eye. And secondly, bc of the title. I didn't even read the synopsis and I'm so happy I didnot bc it would have probably persuaded me to not pick the book. I have never read any of Jane Austen's books before but I find myself enjoying the retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" since it is the only adaptation I have ever watched. Every time I read Mr. Darcy saying Elizabeth's name I heard Matthew Macfadyen's voice in my head which made me enjoy the book more. I hold no grudge if a book is not historical accurate bc we did not and will not study the English history in my classes and I hold no interest in searching about the subject so I didn't mind the few things that the author mentioned in her note. I was here for the story which I immensely enjoyed. I think this book is more focused on the mystery rather than the romance between Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth which I didn't mind. Although my doubts were true on who was involved in the murder, I never expected what happened at the end. Now I'm left with a desire to pick up the original book by Jane Austen.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rida Quraishi

    This was by far the most enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice I've read. But that could be because, it was very similar to the original one 😅 with a mystery wound around it. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man" The story is drips of feminism and clever writing. It is based in 19th century England, where Elizabeth Bennett is the daughter of a barrister and wants to become one herself, in th This was by far the most enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice I've read. But that could be because, it was very similar to the original one 😅 with a mystery wound around it. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man" The story is drips of feminism and clever writing. It is based in 19th century England, where Elizabeth Bennett is the daughter of a barrister and wants to become one herself, in the future, but all her findings are taken away by Mr. Collin, who is the junior partner at their firm. So, Lizzie challenges her father that she will solve a case with logic and present to her father so that he will hire her and give credit where it is due. And then she is presented with a murder case of Mr. Hurst, who is the brother-in-law of Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Bingley is the prime suspect. But he is innocent! Or is he? 😏 To prove his innocence, he hires My. Darcy to be his solicitor but upon seeing the cunning of Lizzie, he asks her to consult the case too. And thus, we follow Lizzie uncovering clues that make her question everything and doubt everyone and she needs to untangle the threads of this mystery before her father fills the position of a new solicitor. Let me put it out there that Tirzah Price did an amazing job capturing the essence of the characters from the original work, while creating a new setup and thus new ambitions for them. I could still imagine that these were the same characters from the original P&P. The banter between Lizzie and Darcy was top notch and I absolutely loved it. More please! But, given that this was a mystery novel, it was rather predictable. Still, I had fun. 😃

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