2018 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Good, The Bad & The Rugby by Mark Farrer #TheGoodTheBadTheRugby #Review #BlogTour @mark_farrer @damppebbles


Getting to the truth. By trial… and eror error.

Cullen is on jury duty, and the sleepy Scottish town of Melrose is experiencing a rare crime wave: the famous Rugby Sevens trophy is stolen, a dead body is unearthed, there is a spate of petty arson, and someone drives a van into Gloria’s front room.
Why? And what is her husband doing every night up on Eildon hill?

In this hilarious crime romp, misguided loyalties, thwarted love, and unbelievable gullibility reach crisis point on the one day in the year when the world pays a visit to Melrose.

At the final whistle, Cullen will ensure that justice is done.

Because sometimes twelve good men just isn’t enough.

Amazon UK | Amazon US

It’s an honour today to be taking part in the blog tour for The Good, The Bad and The Rugby by Mark Farrer. My thanks go to Emma at Damppebbles Blog tours and the author for the opportunity and the e-copy.

When I read the description for The Good, The Bad and The Rugby I knew straight away I had to read this book and I was quite excited about it as it’s set only 6 miles away from where I live, in the lovely town of Melrose. It’s set around the Melrose Rugby Sevens which is a big thing in the Scottish Borders and a fantastic day out.

This is the first book I’ve read by Mark Farrer and what a clever and humorous story it is. I wasn’t expecting the belly laughs it produced and I’m still sitting chuckling away to myself about some of the things I read.  This is the third book in the Cullen series but can easily be read as a standalone, it just makes you really want to go and read the other books which I will definitely be doing.

The characters really make this book, there’s a real mix of misfits that get themselves into some funny situations and it makes it quite an addictive read. I found myself yet again thinking I’ll just read one more chapter and before I knew it I was nearly finished the book. 

I’ve actually found this book really hard to review, there is so much i want to say about it but i fear I may give something away and I honestly don’t want to do that. The reader has to experience this little genius for themselves and I will definitely be recommending The good, The Bad and The Rugby.  



Mark Farrer

Mark was born in Liverpool, studied Computer Science at Hull University, then had a successful career in IT management in London and the South-East for twenty years before moving to Edinburgh in 2001. He continued working in IT until 2015 when he decided to retire from the rat race and focus on becoming a writer. He now spends half his time writing and the other half worrying why he is not yet making money from writing.

The Good, The Bad & The Rugby is Mark’s third comic novel featuring a morally righteous loner called Cullen. He also has a perma-free novella on Amazon, called Dirty Barry, which tells how Cullen and Big Paul first met. He is currently at work on a second novella, called Bronchial Billy.

Mark has three children, one at University, one on a gap year in Ghana, and one still at High School. He lives with his partner Claire, a photographer, near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders.

He likes: his Mini Cooper, songwriting, playing piano, vanilla panna cotta, The Beatles, woodburning stoves, wittertainment, Bill Bailey, #sadmanonatrain, fruit gums, Carl Hiaasen, The Wire, spicy food, Van Gogh, Lindsey Buckingham, oaked chardonnay, House MD, long walks, cinema, reading in bed, florentines, Only Connect, board games, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Budweiser, GBBO, India, cheese, David Armand’s mimes, bookshops, Scandi Noir, Diet Coke, The Economist, Blackadder, good sausages, Dickens, Helena Bonham-Carter (secret crush), the Times crossword, the song mmmbop, and pies.
And lists.

He dislikes: ITV, pinot grigio, tattoos, ballet, ready meals, rap, religion, clutter, artificial raspberry flavouring, marmite, jazz, under-powered showers, people who don’t look after their stuff, opera, sprouts, and waste.
And mashed potato.
He really doesn’t like mashed potato.

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