Meet Lucy Carver from Mary Duncanson’s Trouble Comes Knocking



[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Lucy!  Can you please describe yourself in five words or less.

[Lucy Carver] Outspoken, intelligent, witty, (slightly) OCD

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Lucy Carver?

[Lucy Carver] I wake-up in the morning feeling like P-Ditty, just kidding…Let’s see, breakfast with my Aunt Dolores, a lecture about whatever I’m wearing that day. Off to work, at my not-exactly-glamorous data-entry job, lunch with Natalie or John, or both, lecture from my boss Seth about professionalism. Might get shot at or someone might try to run me down, time with my best friend Ana and then off to bed!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Detective Eli Reyes?

[Lucy Carver] Pompous, arrogant, hot-as-hell (Okay, technically that isn’t one word, but seriously, he is HOT)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Lucy Carver] He’s pompous, arrogant and hot-as-hell.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Lucy Carver] Going to the river by myself when I was sixteen. That one little thing changed my entire life and I’ve yet to recover.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Lucy Carver] My Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss. I might not be the girliest girl, but there is no excuse for unsexy lips.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How do you relax after a hard day evading death?

[Lucy Carver] A cocktail or two in front of the fireplace with my aunt and best friend, Ana, maybe a couple of pecan lacey’s.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Lucy Carver] My whole family together again.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

[Lucy Carver] Thank you!

Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson

It’s hard not to answer when trouble comes knocking

A girl who can’t forget…

Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.

A detective on his first case…

Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.

A past that won’t go away…

When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.

Mary Duncanson, who also writes as Mary Malcolm, lives in North Texas with a menagerie of animals and feral roommates. She is currently looking to adopt a husband, preferably housebroken, preferably as silly as her. When she’s not corraling her household, she’s talking to the characters in her head and hoping they talk back. When she’s not doing all that, she can be found wandering around Central Market with a happy, drooly foodie look on her face. Do not judge her, it is her Mecca. Mary’s been writing since she was a teenager though spent quite a few years studying toward becoming a doctor before she realized she wanted to be a full-time author. Unfortunately, the people who own her student loans still want to be paid for the years they supported her medical dreams. Mary lives on a steady diet of coffee and chocolate and believes, like Eleanor Roosevelt, that people should believe in the beauty of their dreams. She also believes people should ignore the word should because really, it’s kind of a judgmental word. Mary dreams of one day living as a full-time, well paid novelist (hint, hint) and also of one day traveling to Chile to pay homage to her soul mate, Pablo Neruda.