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Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet s Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and 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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Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet s Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and 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. 5 out of 5

    Roaringwave

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

  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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 4 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

  8. 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

  9. 4 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

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Pride and Premeditation is the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series by American author, Tirzah Price. Lizzie Bennet works at her father’s legal practice, Longbourn & sons (at which no sons are employed) under the guise of visiting her dear friend, Charlotte Lucas, who is engaged as a legal secretary. Lizzie’s work entails proof-reading and rewriting of contracts, although she has made discreet enquiries in certain cases, only to have her hard-won information stolen by the firm’s j Pride and Premeditation is the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mystery series by American author, Tirzah Price. Lizzie Bennet works at her father’s legal practice, Longbourn & sons (at which no sons are employed) under the guise of visiting her dear friend, Charlotte Lucas, who is engaged as a legal secretary. Lizzie’s work entails proof-reading and rewriting of contracts, although she has made discreet enquiries in certain cases, only to have her hard-won information stolen by the firm’s junior partner, the odious Mr Collins, who presents it to Mr Bennet as his own. Determined she will one day be a barrister, she implores Mr Bennet to employ her as a solicitor, and is told she needs to find her own case and prove herself first. When she hears of the arrest of a Mr Charles Bingley for the murder of his brother-in-law, George Hurst, Lizzie poses as Bingley’s sister to gain entry to Newgate prison. Bingley is impressed by Lizzie’s theories but his own solicitor and good friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy is not only dismissive but also insulting towards her. Nonetheless, Bingley assents to her making enquiries… In the days that follow, Lizzie takes audacious action: she impersonates a friend of Mrs Hurst to gain access to the house; insinuates herself into the crime scene; collects trace evidence; interviews witnesses; performs covert surveillance; and almost gets herself arrested by a Bow Street runner. Lizzie proves to be inventive, resourceful and daring, but when Darcy complains about her to Longbourn and sons, she attracts her father’s ire and engages in a very spirited exchange with Darcy. Subsequently she is given disturbing information about him and warned off him by several people. Many of the Pride and Prejudice players feature, their character true to form, their connections, affections and enmities mostly the same, although some are given occupations: Mr Bennet, Mr Collins and Fitzwilliam Darcy are all in the legal profession, George Wickham is a Bow Street runner; and, as usual, Jane Bennet gives wise advice to Lizzie, Lydia Bennet is frivolous and headstrong, and Mrs Bennet is still intent on marrying off her daughters. The plot is, of course, quite different, and cleverly done to incorporate many of the relationships of the original, but manages to include kidnappings, pirates, a very dramatic dockside scene, gunplay, several murders and a brilliant defence in court. The author’s note does state that she has taken liberties with facts such as women in legal professions, and she intentionally makes Lizzie ambitious, an amateur sleuth, and a feminist. Taken in the spirit intended, this is quite an entertaining read. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Harper Audio. The voice galley is an interesting concept in itself: it is created with a synthetic voice only, so is not a preview of the audio book. Hence the narration can be quite stilted, with strange emphasis.

  11. 5 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

  12. 5 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.

  13. 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. 👩‍⚖️🔎✉️

  14. 5 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.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I haven't read Pride & Prejudice (yet), so I stepped into this book with basically no knowledge of the original story. I don't know if this is an advantage or a disadvantage, but I didn't feel like I needed to have had read the original story to like this one. I love how feminist Pride & Premeditation is. Elizabeth tries to prove that she - just like any other men - can be a sollicitor or barrister. I loved this aspect: fighting the patriarchy. I also really appreciated that the story wasn't too p I haven't read Pride & Prejudice (yet), so I stepped into this book with basically no knowledge of the original story. I don't know if this is an advantage or a disadvantage, but I didn't feel like I needed to have had read the original story to like this one. I love how feminist Pride & Premeditation is. Elizabeth tries to prove that she - just like any other men - can be a sollicitor or barrister. I loved this aspect: fighting the patriarchy. I also really appreciated that the story wasn't too predictable (at least not for me). Near the ending, I had an idea who murdered Mr. Bingley (and turned out to be right), but I really loved the fact that I guessed it, instead of thinking it was too predictable. I flew through the book and really enjoyed it. Thank you TBR and Beyond tours, Edelweiss and Harperteen for the free review copy. This in no way affected my opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing a voice galley of Pride and Premeditation in exchange for an honest review. Pride and Premeditation is such a unique way of retelling Jane Austen's most famous work. Following 17 year old Lizzie Bennett who dreams not of husbandry and courtship like her mother, but of law and crime solving like her barrister father, Pride and Premeditation sees Lizzie step out of her expected role in society to try and solve the murder she's certain Charles Bingley was falsel Thanks to the publisher for providing a voice galley of Pride and Premeditation in exchange for an honest review. Pride and Premeditation is such a unique way of retelling Jane Austen's most famous work. Following 17 year old Lizzie Bennett who dreams not of husbandry and courtship like her mother, but of law and crime solving like her barrister father, Pride and Premeditation sees Lizzie step out of her expected role in society to try and solve the murder she's certain Charles Bingley was falsely accused of. The choices of where to stick to and stray from the source material were really well done. All the characters are recognizable as their original incantations, but also altered enough to fit into a more murder mystery-esque setting. The way the mystery unfolded was well done and positioning Darcy as the son of a barrister for a much bigger, more respected firm was a really fun choice. I never knew I needed to see Elisabeth and Mr. Darcy as rival detectives racing to solve the same crime but now that I've gotten it, I want more. I can't wait to see which Jane Austen story Price adapts for her next mystery (please be Emma, please be Emma, please be Emma) and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Jane Austen Mysteries series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maddy Newquist

    My review (!) for School Library Journal (!!): https://www.slj.com/?reviewDetail=pri... My review (!) for School Library Journal (!!): https://www.slj.com/?reviewDetail=pri...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    Lizzie Bennet is an aspiring lawyer. When her father tells her she needs to prove herself if she wants to work at the law firm, she sets out to do just that. So, when a murder happens that shocks the high society, Lizzie is determined to solve the case and prove to her father that she could make a good lawyer. The first bit of knowledge I wish I had before reading this book (which I know by the summary I should have guessed) is that the author took some liberties with the history. While Price di Lizzie Bennet is an aspiring lawyer. When her father tells her she needs to prove herself if she wants to work at the law firm, she sets out to do just that. So, when a murder happens that shocks the high society, Lizzie is determined to solve the case and prove to her father that she could make a good lawyer. The first bit of knowledge I wish I had before reading this book (which I know by the summary I should have guessed) is that the author took some liberties with the history. While Price did try to stick to the Austen time, she didn't want Lizzie so restrained and opened the world up for her a bit more. There is nothing wrong with this is the slightest. It did just take me out of the story from time to time as I had to think about what time period this was actually in. Pride and Premeditation had plenty of callbacks to the original with some of the same or similar lines. Lizzie and Darcy still feel true to the original and their banter was nice. I could tell that the author really does love and care for the original works as she did try to stick to that feel as much as she could which was nice. The mystery itself wasn't entirely captivating for me. I enjoyed watching Lizzie work through it all and thought she was brilliant. It was nice to see how as the case went on it did bring Lizzie and Darcy closer together. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, quick read that did leave me entertained.

  19. 5 out of 5

    EP

    Everyone knows I am a sucker for retellings, and everyone really knows how addicted I am to P&P. So, when I saw this book in NetGalley, I immediately requested a copy. “Do you purposefully misunderstand everything I say, Miss Bennet?” “Do you purposefully overlook all inconvenient truths, Mr. Darcy?” Fetch me my smelling salts immediately! This look was lovely. It had all the elements of the original and similar lines that transported you back. Lizzy definitely continued to "buck" traditions, walt Everyone knows I am a sucker for retellings, and everyone really knows how addicted I am to P&P. So, when I saw this book in NetGalley, I immediately requested a copy. “Do you purposefully misunderstand everything I say, Miss Bennet?” “Do you purposefully overlook all inconvenient truths, Mr. Darcy?” Fetch me my smelling salts immediately! This look was lovely. It had all the elements of the original and similar lines that transported you back. Lizzy definitely continued to "buck" traditions, waltzing around London without a chaperone. But, that seems in character for her. Darcy was still challenging and frustrating, but apparently still swoon worthy, based on Lizzy's thoughts. I had two things annoyed me: the language, and I don't mean like swearing. Just language that would have been out of context for the time. I've read enough regency fiction to know how a young lady would speak, even if she was a bit of a bluestocking like Elizabeth may have been. However, I overlook that, everything else was fun. It was quick read that kept me smiling! “Papa, do you plan to die anytime soon?” Lizzie asked. “Not unless this conversation continues,” he replied.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love retellings and I love audiobooks so when I saw a Pride and Prejudice retelling with a murder twist available as an audio on Netgalley, I jumped on it pretty much immediately. In this book, you'll meet the characters we all know but here, Lizzie wants to prove to her dad that she's able to solve a murder mystery in order to be seen as the capable woman that she is. I loved that the author didn't stuck our lovely Lizzie to the limits women faced back in that time. I loved how determined she I love retellings and I love audiobooks so when I saw a Pride and Prejudice retelling with a murder twist available as an audio on Netgalley, I jumped on it pretty much immediately. In this book, you'll meet the characters we all know but here, Lizzie wants to prove to her dad that she's able to solve a murder mystery in order to be seen as the capable woman that she is. I loved that the author didn't stuck our lovely Lizzie to the limits women faced back in that time. I loved how determined she was to find out the truth and along the way, she met Darcy. Overall, this was a fun and entertaining read but while I enjoyed it, I can't say I fell in love with it. The murder mystery in itself didn't capture my attention and interest as I hoped it would. I was also hoping for a little more interactions between Darcy and Lizzie but I guess we'll have more in book two as this was the first book in a series! (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Clare Bird

    Alright Tirzah I will give you 5 out of 5 birds for Pride and Premeditation. I received this as an advanced voice galley copy from Netgally. Aka an audio book. I'm a sucker for Pride and Prejudice and even more for crime. This was a no brainer for me. I needed it in my life. Tirzah nailed Jane's writing and voice even when she went off the beaten path into the realms of MURDER! WHAT?! There were a few twists and turns and felt a little like Agatha Christie when it needed it. Mrs too the characte Alright Tirzah I will give you 5 out of 5 birds for Pride and Premeditation. I received this as an advanced voice galley copy from Netgally. Aka an audio book. I'm a sucker for Pride and Prejudice and even more for crime. This was a no brainer for me. I needed it in my life. Tirzah nailed Jane's writing and voice even when she went off the beaten path into the realms of MURDER! WHAT?! There were a few twists and turns and felt a little like Agatha Christie when it needed it. Mrs too the characters were spot on. There's a total feminist edge to it, there were a few times where it toed the line from being awesome to preachy feminist, but overall, I was won over. I enjoyed listening to it and recommend it. It drops in March!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annika Klein

    Tirzah is a friend of mine, so I am totally biased, but I thought this book was absolutely brilliant. She took the starting framework of Pride and Prejudice and turned everything else inside-out, giving familiar characters brand new roles in a story that manages to keep you guessing while also delighting with playful references to the original novel.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather - hturningpages

    Rating: 4.5/5 missing buttons Format: ebook. I’d like to thank the author and TBR & Beyond Tours for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review! To sum up: This is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice but with murder! All our favorite characters are here, and even some of the iconic lines are preserved, but Lizzie is enamored with the law, her father owns his own law firm, and she is desperate to prove her worth to him so that he will agree to bring her into the firm as a solicitor. When a w Rating: 4.5/5 missing buttons Format: ebook. I’d like to thank the author and TBR & Beyond Tours for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review! To sum up: This is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice but with murder! All our favorite characters are here, and even some of the iconic lines are preserved, but Lizzie is enamored with the law, her father owns his own law firm, and she is desperate to prove her worth to him so that he will agree to bring her into the firm as a solicitor. When a wealthy and prominent member of their society is accused of murder (Oh no! Not Mr. Bingley!) Lizzie is determined to land him as a client for her father and prove his innocence. The only problem is, Mr. Bingley already has a lawyer, a Mr. Darcy and he doesn’t play well with others. What I enjoyed: This was SO fun. The time period is a little difficult to nail down because the author took some creative liberties, but it’s still sort of set around the same time as the original story, but with a better outlook for Lizzie trying to find an independent career. The characters are all very familiar, the author didn’t change much in their personalities, and the themes of betrayal and social satire are very much still present, BUT there is murder! I loved the mystery that the author provides and find out all the character's roles in the drama was such a delight. This story was fast-paced, funny, and romantic, AND we get to see Lizzie be a badass feminist, there is really a lot to love about this story! What was meh: I really don’t have anything bad to say about this! It made me smile and turn the pages and was a wonderful retelling. I reserve the last .5 points for something extra to put it over the top that I can’t quite put my finger on. Overall, I thought this was a super fun adaption and I enjoyed it immensely! If you liked Stalking Jack the Ripper, The Alienist, or the Truly Devious books, then definitely pick this one up!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andragel

    I can't properly rate this book. A bit nicer than 3, a little too timid for 4. Indeed, this is what I didn't like about this P&P reloaded- had no guts about it. Shying away from huge twists and transformations (I would have loved a villanish Mr Darcy!), it follows quite closely the plotline of the original. Yes, there is the mystery but it is not groundbreaking. Quite basic. As a feminist book, it is also nice enough. To have a girl barrister, to have a biracial woman in a law firm, to have wom I can't properly rate this book. A bit nicer than 3, a little too timid for 4. Indeed, this is what I didn't like about this P&P reloaded- had no guts about it. Shying away from huge twists and transformations (I would have loved a villanish Mr Darcy!), it follows quite closely the plotline of the original. Yes, there is the mystery but it is not groundbreaking. Quite basic. As a feminist book, it is also nice enough. To have a girl barrister, to have a biracial woman in a law firm, to have women pondering their status and the problem of entailment and marriage and their rights is a nice foreshadowing for what was yet to come. Lizzie was Lizzie and Darcy was Darcy, nothing else to say. They were their usual self. I however missed Bingley and Jane. Although they are not a huge presence in the original either, I like their sweet development and their pure hearts. Here, they are snuffed away altogether, which is a shame. They could have got them involved somehow. It just didn't happen. The ending is cute but a bit on the meh side. Nothing spectacular. Thinking about it, this book just tried her best to stay close to the original and it did just that, which made it unspectacular. I am yet to find the best retelling of this story but, considering I don't like it that much to begin it, only its variations, it is to be expected.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)

    This was a fun take on Pride and Prejudice. I liked seeing Elizabeth Bennett working for her dad in a law firm and it was realistic career path for her strong personality. I did appreciate the author's note at the end - yes, this profession wouldn't have been possible for women in the given time period, but I was able to suspend my disbelief for a fun romp. A lot of the characters' roles and even their notable dialogue remained the same but there were some definite diversions from original charac This was a fun take on Pride and Prejudice. I liked seeing Elizabeth Bennett working for her dad in a law firm and it was realistic career path for her strong personality. I did appreciate the author's note at the end - yes, this profession wouldn't have been possible for women in the given time period, but I was able to suspend my disbelief for a fun romp. A lot of the characters' roles and even their notable dialogue remained the same but there were some definite diversions from original characters that I enjoyed (after all, we're dealing with murder here. There was no murder in Pride & Prejudice.). What I did like about this take on it was the well-earned slap some of the characters got that we've always wanted to give in Jane Austen's original. It was nice to see some characters get what we've always wanted them to. So although I considered this a fun time and I liked it for the most part, I do think it will end up being forgettable. I didn't feel the slow burn between Elizabeth and Darcy, I missed the cute romance between Jane & Bingley, and I was sorely missing the idiocy of the younger sisters. I do think Price retold this story in a fresh way, but I didn't come away feeling particularly strong about it in either direction. Good for a one time read, not going to leave a lasting impression.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man." A wholly enjoyable P&P retelling--This book was truly a balm after reading a very emotionally heavy book (A Court of Silver Flames). Pride and Premeditation plays fast and loose with P&P's setting, characters, and motifs, refreshing them and making them more interesting for the new generation. You get the archetypes you have known (and perhaps loved) for ma "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man." A wholly enjoyable P&P retelling--This book was truly a balm after reading a very emotionally heavy book (A Court of Silver Flames). Pride and Premeditation plays fast and loose with P&P's setting, characters, and motifs, refreshing them and making them more interesting for the new generation. You get the archetypes you have known (and perhaps loved) for many years now, but with a twist and a more focused look into the struggles of POC and women in general. I did enjoy how P&P isn't wholly invested in following the society's norms of the time to the letter. It really let Lizzie be able to investigate the murder at her own pace. Not all of society's rules are thrown off the window (the mother is still super invested in getting her girl's married for instance) so you get a good balance of freedom with restrictions making the plot interesting. I loved seeing Elizabeth's world view change as she is confronted with real life issues, coming to terms with her limitations as well as her innate privilege when compared to other women such as her half-POC best friend Charlotte. It is refreshing seeing this tackled in the book and not just ignored or set aside by not adding any POC characters to the story. Well done. If you are looking for a historically accurate retelling--THIS IS NOT IT. I think fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper will enjoy Pride and Premeditation immensely. There are other books out there who attempt to be historically accurate, and sometimes suffer for it. I like that Pride and Premeditation is trying to do its own thing while playing within the beloved world of Jane Austen. I liked the murder aspect, I loved Lizzie, and am really looking forward to future books. It wrapped up nicely; I didn't get a sense of what the future of the series would entail. Will every book be about a different sister? Will we follow Lizzie and her career? Maybe Lizzie will be involved in solving crimes that relate to other Jane Austen's books like Sense and Sensibility (the second one is titled Sense and Second-Degree Murder, WHICH I LOVE). I want to keep Lizzie as the MC, because I loved her character so much, but I guess we need to wait to see what the future will entail when the blurb of the second book is out. At least Pride and Premeditation does not end on a cliffhanger, so we have that as a consolation at the very least. PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    "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 never give 5 stars lightly - it always means I can imagine myself re-reading (or listening) to a book. I can absolutely see enjoying this book, just like a do Jane Austen's original work, over and over again. This is such a fun story. It's the same characters we know, the author cleverly kept their names, but they are in completely different roles. And someone "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 never give 5 stars lightly - it always means I can imagine myself re-reading (or listening) to a book. I can absolutely see enjoying this book, just like a do Jane Austen's original work, over and over again. This is such a fun story. It's the same characters we know, the author cleverly kept their names, but they are in completely different roles. And someone has committed murder. I loved trying to figure out how all the pieces on the board moved together. I couldn't imagine who of my loved characters could now commit murder but I was quickly ready to point a finger at them all (who knew I was so disloyal?!). I loved the different lines I loved so much flowing out of other character's mouths. Such a fun story that didn't focus on love and marriage so much (which was a nice change of pace.) I look forward to enjoying this one again as I anxiously await the next in the series!! An e-ARC was provided to me by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    3 stars ⭐⭐⭐ I'm always eager to read a fresh twist on an old classic especially if it's based on Jane Austen ; so of course I requested this. Unfortunately I had a bit of a mixed reaction to this book. It kept my attention and the premise was interesting ; but at the same time it was lacking depth and was missing something that makes the original special. What exactly that is i'm not sure, but I was feeling the loss nonetheless. I appreciate this book for what it was though. This retelling felt 3 stars ⭐⭐⭐ I'm always eager to read a fresh twist on an old classic especially if it's based on Jane Austen ; so of course I requested this. Unfortunately I had a bit of a mixed reaction to this book. It kept my attention and the premise was interesting ; but at the same time it was lacking depth and was missing something that makes the original special. What exactly that is i'm not sure, but I was feeling the loss nonetheless. I appreciate this book for what it was though. This retelling felt like it's own thing while being what it was advertised as which was a fresh take on Pride and Prejudice. It had the characters we all know and love with a new purpose and did touch plot points from the original ; so far as retellings go it was decent. Just can't stop from feeling the potential was somewhat lost, which i'm hoping is only the case because it's just the first book in the series. Overall I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it so I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book. I received the advanced audiobook recording of this publication from Harper Audio via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  29. 5 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Ok I actually liked this one! It was totally different and I'm glad it still took place in early 1800's and its just Jane Austen's world of P&P reimagined with a murder mystery. It took me awhile to get into the murder mystery and Lizzie wanting to become a solicitor for her father's company. I'm just really into different variations of P&P lately. It was sort of interested and well thought out what Tirzah did with this book. Cover is cute. I received this VOICE GALLEY at my request and have volu Ok I actually liked this one! It was totally different and I'm glad it still took place in early 1800's and its just Jane Austen's world of P&P reimagined with a murder mystery. It took me awhile to get into the murder mystery and Lizzie wanting to become a solicitor for her father's company. I'm just really into different variations of P&P lately. It was sort of interested and well thought out what Tirzah did with this book. Cover is cute. I received this VOICE GALLEY at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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