Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Pride and Premeditation being run by TBR and Beyond Tours. Today is day one of the tour, and I’m really excited to be involved in starting it off with my review and some top quotes. Here’s the link to the tour schedule for future posts if this book takes your interest: schedule.
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.
Rating: Three stars
This book built on the unflinching foundation that is Jane Austen and took its own course. With a cast of familiar characters in roles that managed to be familiar and utterly unique to this book, following Lizzie Bennet on an adventure that Austen could only have wished to see written. If she could have seen forward to the slightly rebalanced social climate now, then I could easily see her have casting Lizzie into an investigatory role.
I loved the location usage, and the way that names were used with creative flourish. The fact that Mr Bennet was somewhat doting on Lizzie and allowed her the chance to prove herself did raise a smile; he was always the kinder of the parents in the original!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.”
“”Jane. I will not live my life sitting by the side while there are so many men making a mess of things.””
“She’d always had a soft spot for the street children. The few times she’d managed to escape from under her mother’s thumb as a child, she always went looking for them. They’d been naturally suspicious of her of course, being well-fed and well-dressed and full of manners, but Lizzie was jealous of the way they ran free through the streets, with no one to scold them about splattering their clothing with mud or shouting too loud.”
“”You wouldn’t be your own mistress, you’d be mistress of your husband’s household, and you’ll spend your days tending to his house and children and social status. If that’s freedom, it’s not the sort that women ought to pursue.””
And my personal favourite;
“Men, Lizzie thought hopelessly.”
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.