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Pride and Premeditation

(Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by HarperTeen
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Erin i haven't finished it yet, but so far there has been little to no cursing in general, and it mostly sticks with Jane Austen's writing style, so I don'…morei haven't finished it yet, but so far there has been little to no cursing in general, and it mostly sticks with Jane Austen's writing style, so I don't anticipate any explicit scenes or anything that could be classified as worse than PG-13, however there are some descriptions of violence.(less)

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daph pink ♡
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-tbr
Say what???[agressively smashes that want to read buttom]
Retellings of Jane Austen classics with a Murder Mystery twist!?

And this cover!? Get on my shelves!!!

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
Isabel Ibañez
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
**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
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
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
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-and-13
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
Maddy Newquist
My review (!) for School Library Journal (!!): ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
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
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
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-arcs
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
Clare Bird
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
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 ...more
Annika Barranti
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.
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
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, audiobook
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
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
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I can’t imagine how hard it has to be to take characters beloved by so many and craft a new tale that represents each authentically and in a new way. Yet Price did it very successfully!

I’m PRAYING there will be a new installment because Elizabeth Bennett needs to tackle more cases.

There’s a feminist edge that was much appreciated and the romance and pride/prejudice was there in all its glory.

This was a delightful historical fiction + murder mystery!

Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a great new twist on this my favorite classic Austen novel. I love a good murder mystery and I love Pride and Prejudice so it was a foregone conclusion that I would love this book if it were well written. I listened to an audiobook version (not the final audiobook) of this book and it was fantastic. All our favorite characters come back in new and interesting roles. The Bennett’s and the Darcy’s are actually two family law firms. Elizabeth is determined to inherit her father’s and gain a
Cindy ✩☽♔
I hope this is delightful loathe to love situation lol
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Initial Thoughts

I’m all about Pride and Prejudice retellings and also, I love a good murder mystery. Death Comes to Pemberly was one of my first forays into P&P retellings and I read that so long ago. I was so excited to find this title in NetGalley.

Some Things I Liked

Historical inaccuracies. If you read this book, please take the time to read the author’s note. That being said, I loved that Tirzah Price did not let the sexism of the time limit her storytelling. I loved that Lizzie’s father was
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a great retelling and this just might be my new favorite retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I love the original story and mysteries, so this combo was an absolute hit for me.

17 year old Lizzie Bennet wants nothing to do with the typical womanly duties and would rather be a solicitor or barrister like her father. Her character is portrayed so perfectly in this retelling. I just love what Price did with Collins, it made me seriously giddy. Darcy was so well done, and of course I pictured him
Lis Carey
This is a "voice galley," intended only for reviewers and read by a synthetic voice, not whoever will be the narrator. This is not the version that will be for sale.

This an alternative version of Pride and Prejudice, in which Mr. Bennet is a barrister, and the family live in the Cheapside section of London. His firm is Longbourne & Sons, but of course there are no sons, and the dreadful Mr. Collins, a cousin from Hertfordshire, has been employed as a solicitor for the firm, and named as the heir
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view.

In Pride and Premeditation, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is 17, and wants nothing more than to join her father's law firm, Longbourn and Sons, but as a woman, she's denied the opportunity. Helping her father in his work, by reading through contracts, and using her opportunities as a lady in society to discover information most men would never uncover, has been a joy, but she wants more. When it's reve
Alyssa Smith
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, jlg
**Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with 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.”

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
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

Lizzie Bennet needs to prove her capabilities as a solicitor by solving a crime, but can she figure it out before it gets her killed?

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price is a fun new take on a classic. This first installment in a series of mysteries based on Austen’s classics is sure to get your inner Sherlock’s working. Lizzie Bennet wants to be a lawyer. She has her sights on inheriting her father’s law firm, but to do so she must prove herself. Lizzie stumbles upon a murder case
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and a lover of mysteries, this book was a treat to read!

Author Tirzah Price has done a great job of reinventing the setting and circumstances of the classic P&P, bringing it new life and intrigue! No longer a country setting, this story takes place in London and our famous houses of Longbourn and Pemberley are now the familial law practices that are run and employed by our traditional cast of characters!

Lizzy Bennet is an aspiring barrister at her fa
Danielle Randall
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Audio for letting me listen to this ARC!

I don’t enjoy reading Jane Austen novels, but I LOVE reading Austen retellings.

One thing I loved about Pride and Premeditation is that Price kept the names of the original characters. Most retellings change the character names and the family dynamics, but Price made the story more feminist and gave the characters new roles.

This book was a classic retelling with a murder mystery twist. Elizabeth Bennet doesn’t want to jus
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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 writes about YA books and cohosts the All the Books and Read Harder po ...more

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