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.
Title: Pride and Premeditation (A Jane Austen Murder Mystery, #1)
Author: Tirzah Price
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
If you think you know Pride and Prejudice, no you don’t. This P&P retelling was everything I hoped it would be and more!! The mystery, the humor, and, most of all, the romance were all spectacular. You have to read this book!
Let me start with one of my favorite parts of this book (and something that makes Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship so great): the banter! Price did an amazing job with the banter between these two. It felt authentic to Jane Austen and these characters were also helping the story to continue progressing. There were so many times where I was grinning ear to ear at the cleverness and humor of their exchanged dialogue. It was so great!
Along the same lines, the humor was top-notch in this book. Along with Darcy and Elizabeth’s banter, there is also just the witty humor you would expect to find in one of Austen’s books. Price has brought that humor and wit back to life and given it all a twist.
I also really liked that this book was quick-paced and started right off the bat. We dive right into the murder plot almost exactly from the first page and never slow down from there. It’s clue after clue being investigated which helps this mystery unfold seamlessly.
Lastly, I wanted to mention how wonderful the characters in this book are! Price did a great job of keeping these characters true to their original selves while adding her own twist to keep these characters moving in a murder-mystery plot. Specifically, I wanted to point out how great she did with Wickham. We know Wickham is a scum bag going in and oftentimes, he feels like a player in adaptions of the Austen’s P&P, but he felt a little different here. Normally, I can’t figure out why Elizabeth is so intelligent throughout the book, but so dumb when it comes to Wickham. In this book, I think Price did a good job of making Wickham more appealing. Of making him seem more like a nice and progressive and genuinely good guy when no one else is. I loved that!
This feminist retelling of Pride and Prejudice (+ murder) is the book you’ve been missing from your library. I couldn’t put it down once I started it and chances are you won’t be able to either. This is a must-read for everyone!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Tirzah Price grew up on a farm in Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a former bookseller and librarian. Now, she’s a contributing editor at Book Riot, where she can be found recommending books on the site, newsletters, podcasts, and social media accounts. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.
Tirzah is pronounced TEER-zuh. Pronouns are she/her.