Pride and Premeditation
Author: Tirzah Price
Series: Jane Austen Murder Mystery, #1
Length: 8 hours
Narrator: Morag Sims
Original Publication Date: 2021
Genre(s): Young adult, Mystery, Retelling
**A big THNAK YOU to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this title!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea conceived and executed by a clever young woman must be claimed by a man.”
Lizzie Bennet wants desperately to work for her father’s law firm. Though she assists in proofreading and organizing, she wants instead to solve crimes and actually receive credit for her work, instead of the glory falling upon the dreadful Mr. Collins, who is set to inherit when her father steps down. Mr. Bennet strikes a deal with Lizzie: if she can prove to him that she can use login to solve a case, he will consider her proposal. So when Lizzie comes across a murder case, she knows solving this would earn her father’s trust. But the accused already has a solicitor defending him: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, heir to the rivaling Pemberley law firm. That doesn’t stop Lizzie, though – she is determined to solve the case first. But when another murder occurs, Lizzie and Darcy realize they may have to work together to get out of this case alive.
I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice (referred to as P&P for the rest of this review). So when I heard there was going to be a YA retelling as a murder mystery, I was super excited to get my hands on it. Usually, when I become interested in a YA book like this, I hype it up and am usually let down. I went into the book hesitant, but I’m really excited to share my thoughts. A HUGE thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of this book!
Pride and Premeditation is told in third-person POV and follows Lizzie as she ventures to solve a murder mystery. As a retelling of P&P, all your favorite characters make an appearance, though some are focused on more than others. Lizzie and Darcy take center stage, of course, with the rest of the returning cast more background characters that flit in and out of the story. I would say the other characters to be featured heavily are Charlotte, Mr. Collins, Mr. Bennet, Jane, and Mr. Wickham. There are also plenty of new characters introduced to carry along the story, and I feel they fit in perfectly.
Pride and Premeditation focuses on the mystery rather than romance, so anyone itching to read about Jane and Bingley’s tumultuous romance will be disappointed. Sorry, but Bingley is kind of being accused of murder. No time for love in prison. There are many moments from P&P that are featured in this retelling, but there is an equal amount of new storyline and plot introduced, along with new characters and settings. What I enjoyed most about this retelling is that it maintained the mood and feel of P&P while still introducing new aspects to the “world.” You don’t necessarily have to be a fane of P&P to read this book, either, which I think is wonderful. Any YA mystery lover, especially of mysteries set in the past, will be able to get into this book and enjoy it. As someone who is a fan of Austen and P&P, it was just as enjoyable. A murder is obviously not featured in P&P, so we’re along for the mystery and just as unsure as anyone else reading the retelling. I won’t spoil it, but I do love the reveal and how everything comes together.
I think Price was brilliant in how she wrote this book, and I enjoyed it just as much as I’d hoped. As her novel debut, Pride and Premeditation is a success. I’m very excited for the next two installments in her series, and will gladly read anything else she publishes in the future. Taking such a classic like P&P and twisting it the way she did, while still maintaining the mood, style, setting, and even the characters’ voices, is an impressive feat. I highly recommend this stunning book to YA mystery lovers and fans of Jane Austen.
Pride and Premeditation is out April 6th, so be sure to dust off your sleuthing skills, rediscover your love for slow-burn romance, and help Lizzie solve a murder. You need this book on your shelf.