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A recent snow decorates Crested Butte’s Elk Avenue as the sun sets on the Colorado mountain town in December.

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Crested Butte’s Murder in the Mountains Mini Noir Festival sounds ominous at first blush, but after a deeper dive hints at a fun midwinter getaway for fans of mystery novels and mystery writers. The event Feb. 22-23 features a Friday night gathering with best-selling mystery author Barbara Nickless and science-fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson. Saturday’s activities include a Murder in the Mountains panel, junior forensic workshop, mystery writing workshop and murder mystery dinner. You can buy tickets to individual events or buy a festival pass for $100;

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