*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In this retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, The Bennetts own a struggling law firm called Longburn and Sons. Lizzie wants to be a barrister, but that’s easier said than done in Regency London. Desperate to prove herself, when she sees that Mr. Bingley of Netherfield Shipping has been caused of killing his brother-in-law, she’s determined to help. Of course, Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Associates has beaten her to it as Bingley’s best friend. Can she solve the case and find the real murderer to help Darcy clear his friend’s name before it’s too late?
When I saw this one, I knew I had to read it. Not all P&P retellings are for me though so I was cautiously . But this one proved itself. It did hit a patch in the middle where I wasn’t sure where it was going and thought it might not be as stellar of a read as I had first thought, but then then they plot twists hit that had me going “oh my god” and it finished perfectly. No one has to marry the odious Collins or that rake Whickam. As for Lady Catherine, what a fresh take.
The banter with Lizzie and Darcy was on pointe, and it had enough of the original dialogue in it to pay homage without completely copying. The other characters also payed homage, but also had some fresh takes and updates. In this version, Charlotte’s mother was form the East Indies, making her biracial, and she was an orphan adding another couple of layers to her plight of being an “Old Maid”. Whickam was more dastardly, Collins more social climbing, and as for Lady Catherine, what a devious one she was!
I was pleasantly surprised with this one and will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy. Four Lightsabers.