I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
Published by HarperTeen on April 6, 2021
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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 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.
Here is what I thought
In this retelling of Pride and Prejudice we have the characters from the beloved tale in a bit of a different setting even though it is still in a historical setting.
Mr. Bennett is a lawyer and Elizabeth wants to follow in his footsteps, though her mother would prefer she marry a barrister instead of become one. Mr. Collin’s works for her father’s law firm since he is going to be the one inheriting the firm, but he is so horrible. Elizabeth gets so frustrated with doing the work and him taking credit for it. Her father knows she does a lot of Mr. Collin’s work, but he can’t hire her because he can’t go against her mother. He does tell her that she would have to prove herself capable.
Then they hear about a murder and it seems that Mr. Bingley has been arrested for murdering his brother-in-law. Elizabeth feels that this is going to be her chance, if she can prove him innocent her father would have to hire her. The only person standing in her way is Mr. Darcy, the annoying solicitor from Pemberley and Associates who because he is friends with Bingley says he will be taking on the case.
Bingley thought she had some good ideas though and says she could help and that maybe her and Darcy could work together but neither like that idea. Elizabeth will do about anything to show her father she has what it takes even if she has to talk with Darcy to do it.
I thought this was a lot of fun, it had the characters in different settings but you could still feel the essence from the original. I think the only character I had a hard time believing in was what the author did to Lady Catherine though it was kind of funny.
It had a really good mystery as well which for a YA mystery I was surprised because usually they are super easy to figure out. I figured it out but not to much before Elizabeth figures things out. Overall, this was a decent mystery and I am curious to see where the series goes.