Marty Eberhardt


Cozy/Traditional Mysteries, Period Pieces, Poetry


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Marty Eberhardt is a retired botanical garden executive director and nonprofit professional who now prefers to use the right side of her brain to write fiction. Death in a Desert Garden, her first novel, won the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award for cozy mystery in 2022, as well as two Firebird awards and a CIPA/EVVY award. Bones in the Back Forty, out in January, 2023, is the second in the Bea Rivers botanical garden mystery series. Marty and her husband divide their time between Tucson and the small mountain town of Silver City, NM, enjoying the flora, fauna, and quirky characters of both locations. Find her at


Title: Bones in the Back Forty (Bea Rivers Mystery Book 2)
Publisher: Artemesia Publishing, LLC (January 10, 2023)
Genre: Cozy/Traditional Mystery

A gardener digs up an old skeleton on the grounds of Shandley Gardens. Volunteer coordinator Bea Rivers discovers that the victim, a man who disappeared in 1969, may be connected to a small town in New Mexico, where he’d made quite a few enemies among amateur archaeologists. There may be some connection with illegal artifacts . . . and with Shandley Gardens’ founders. As Bea is drawn into the investigation, she meets an ever-increasing cast of quirky suspects. What began as an intriguing puzzle becomes considerably more threatening, while Bea negotiates single parenthood, a long distance relationship, and huge new job responsibilities. She needs to untangle what is happening, for Shandley Gardens and for the safety of her own family.

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Title: Death in a Desert Garden (Bea Rivers Mystery)
Publisher: Artemesia Publishing, LLC (October 5, 2021)
Genre: Cozy/Traditional Mystery

Death in a Desert Garden, Bea Rivers’ euphoria over her new job at Shandley Gardens is shattered by the death of the Gardens’ founder, Liz Shandley. When the police determine that she was murdered, Bea is drawn into the investigation, while trying desperately to maintain the life of a committed single parent dating a struggling writer. Every one of the members of the small staff and board are murder suspects. Through the sizzling and beautiful days of a Sonoran Desert summer, someone keeps dropping odd botanical clues. As Bea’s family’s safety is threatened, she discovers just how tangled the relationships at the Gardens really are.

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