Book Review: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, Book 1

HarperTeen (April 6, 2021)

Teens & YA Historical Mystery


One of BuzzFeed’s best YA books of 2021!

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries trilogy 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.

Three of Jane Austen’s classic novels receive a murder mystery makeover in this romantic and thrilling three-book series that’s perfect for fans of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.

Pride and Premeditation is followed by Sense and Second-Degree Murder, in which aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder.

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This really was a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a murder mystery set in the Regency era. Has a strong female main character. It’s light on the romance, more of Lizzie out to prove herself. Lizzie is fiery, speaks her mind, and isn’t afraid to take chances – truly an unconventional young lady for that time. The pacing was well done, has fun banter, and a murderer which I did not guess! The author did a wonderful job of giving this story new life.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (November 2, 2022)

Borrowed eBook version from public library

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Tirzah Price holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a senior contributing editor at Book Riot. When she’s not writing, reading, or talking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Iowa.

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