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; crime writer, volunteer firefighter and part-time radio host Rachel Monroe; and Barbara Nickless a #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author; plus Jakob Rodgers and Lance Benzel of the true crime podcast, Colorado Cold Case. Location: Various throughout Crested Butte and Gunnison.

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Lodging Options

Elk Mountain Lodge
Located downtown on the upper west side, this historic hotel is a favorite among locals and longtime visitors. Receive 10% off of your three-night stay when you book directly through the Lodge.

Old Town Inn
Enjoy some of the best lodging rates in town, cozy rooms, excellent breakfast, and a central location.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Enjoy exciting events at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and save 20% off best available rates. Minimum night stays and blackout dates may apply during peak times.


Maverick Patron Pass Includes:

  • 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 Includes:

  • 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.