The ONE book: Chris McDonald

Welcome once again to the Littlest Library, where guests get to choose the ONE book they’d like to save and add to the collection. This can be a physical copy of a book you own or a book that means something to you personally.

The ONE book rules

  1. You can choose ONE book
  2. see rule #1

That’s it.

It can be any book you like, but in the words of the Highlander, there can be only ONE.

We’ve talked Liz de Jager and Adam Maxwell, and today it’s the turn of Chris McDonald, author of the Erika Piper series, the Stonebridge Mysteries and the standalone story Little Ghost.

Right Chris, what have you got for us?


This was, perhaps, the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. How do you choose ONE book??

I spent a sleepless night thinking about it, going through my goodreads and trying to narrow down a book that I loved so much.

It was futile.

In the end, I’ve gone for Vine Street by Dominic Nolan.

Big books scare me. 500+ pages is an investment, and one usually I cower from.

When Dom Nolan’s Vine Street dropped through my door, it’s hefty bang signalling it’s arrival on my doormat, I ran away scared. And then I read page one, and before I knew it, I was finished.

The story is intriguing and the writing beautiful. I cried a couple of times, and I found myself, when at the shop or at work, thinking about the characters. A year and a half on from reading it, I still think about Geats, and that to me signifies a great book and a great writer. For me, Vine Street must endure!


Fabulous, thanks Chris! I bought a copy of Vine Street a year ago in hardback and agree that it’s a beast of a book. I even picked up a copy on my kindle thinking it’d be easier! I’m bumping it up my TBR list now.

You can find Chris McDonald on twitter @cmacwritescrime, or on the excellent Blood Brothers crime writing podcast


Do you want to take part in the Littlest Library ONE book challenge? I’ve got a few more guests lined up, but the more the merrier!

Drop me an email: dakegra@gmail.com with a photo of your book, and some words to explain why it’s your ONE book.

Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

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