Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize

Lucy Clark has had it. After being bullied one too many times at the boarding school her parents enrolled her in, sixteen-year-old Lucy—who has been underestimated her entire life–retaliates. But when the fallout is far worse than she meant it to be, she gets suspended and sent to New York City, where she must serve as a full-time companion to the eccentric Edith Fox. 

Once in Manhattan, however, Lucy discovers the glamorous, mysterious Edith is nothing like she expected. With Edith, Lucy learns to revel in the freedom of being herself. And though Edith’s world of hidden gardens and afternoon teas is magical and beguiling, there’s one other thing about her that makes her unlike anyone Lucy has ever met. . .she thinks someone is trying to kill her. 

And Lucy has to find out who it is. 


Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize is a full-on delight: funny, gripping, warm-hearted, and filled with memorable characters. It is also beautifully written and includes some of the most poignant descriptions of grief that I’ve ever read. The mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, the scenes of gardening were so vivid they made me want to start my own dahlia patch, and the cozy ending made me cheer. In short, read it!” –Madeline Miller, award-winning author of Circe and Song of Achilles

“I don’t know how she does it. Margo Rabb takes the elements of storybook and fable and twines them through a crackling murder mystery that makes the pages fly.  Tender and fierce, witty and wise, this is a tale of the route we take when we grow up and into the love and family we deserve.” –Judy Blundell, author of The High Season and the National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied 

“There’s a kind of magic in the quirky, prickly, sweet world of Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize. I want to live in its gardens, drink tea beside a flowered footpath, and cheer Lucy on while she solves mysteries and finds her heart’s loves!” –Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm books and Jane, Unlimited

Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize is a delightfully offbeat mystery that is also about the mystery of becoming yourself.” –Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me and The List of Things That Will Not Change