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Murder in the Mountains

February 21 - February 23

Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bringing murder and mayhem — the fictional kind — to Crested Butte

A thrilling weekend celebrating all things murder and mystery, including author conversations, a live panel exchange with Scottish crime writers, mystery writing workshops, true crime podcast discussion, youth forensics workshop, “Noir in the Bar” event, murder mystery dinner, and more! Visiting authors include: New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, Craig Johnson; award winning mystery & suspense writer Christine Carbo; and Jakob Rodgers and Lance Benzel of the true crime podcast, Colorado Cold Case. Location: Various throughout Crested Butte and Gunnison.



5:30 – 7 pm Kick-off reception Ticketed with teaser readings, cocktail hour and heavy appetizers. Location: Elk Mountain Lodge – FREE

7:30 pm Tour de Daggers Dinner Private, multi-course dinner with a private chef and the captivating company of award winning, best-selling authors Craig Johnson, Christine Carbo and more. Space limited. $125


10 – 11 am Coffee & Cold Cases Discussion with Colorado Cold Case Podcast Reporters and Lance Benzel and Jakob Rodgers. Location: The Center – $20

10 – 11:30 am Solve the crime scene mystery. For late-elementary + middle school students. Location: CB Marshalls Office. $15

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Creating thrilling suspense with Christine Carbo and hand-crafted Bloody Marys. Location: the Center. $40

1:00 – 2:00 pm High Tea + High Crime – Women on Crime Writing over Lunch Author panel on writing true and fictional crime. Your ticket includes lunch and tea service. Location: the Center. $20

1:30 – 3:00 pm Longmire Screening + Discussion With Craig Johnson. Location: The Majestic Theater. $20

3:30 – 5:00 pm Readings, Q&A + book signing + sales. With Craig Johnson, Christine Carbo, Rachel Monroe, Barbara Nickless and more. Location: the Center’s Gamble Bar. FREE

6:30 pm Murder Mystery Dinner Gravestone Wild West. Location: Slogar Restaraunt $55


10 – 11:15 am Murder + Mystery in the Gunnison Valley Discussion of murder, mystery and intrigue in the Gunnison Valley with County Coroner, Michael Barnes, Gunnison County Sheriff, John Gallowich, and local historian, Duane Vandenbusche. $10



Maverick Patron Pass:

  • space-limited, private Tour de Daggers dinner with Craig Johnson and visiting authors
  • entry to all events, workshops and screenings
  • books signed by visiting authors
  • discounts at select local businesses.

$225 ($285 value)

Desperado All-Access Pass:

  • access to all events, workshops, screenings, and panel discussions*
  • Saturday’s Old West Murder Mystery dinner
  • discounts at select local businesses

$125 ($160 value)

*Friday’s Tour de Daggers dinner not included.

Tickets to individual events also available on an a la carte basis. Check the event schedule for event descriptions and prices.

In partnership with Western Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Gunnison Arts Center, Crested Butte Marshal’s Office, Gunnison County Coroner’s Office, and the Old Rock Community Library.


February 21
February 23
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Center for the Arts
606 6th St.
Crested Butte, CO 81224 United States
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