Always happy to hear from you.
If you have anything you'd like to tell me, or if you have any questions about my books, please send me a message and I will reply as quickly as I can. I am also very willing to give any advice to aspiring authors, but simply because of time restraints it's often difficult to read any material you might send. I look forward to hearing from you. R.J. ELLORY

Mockingbird Songs


Prison changes a man. Sometimes in ways you can see. Usually in ways you can't.

The only reason Henry Quinn survived three years inside was because of Evan Riggs, a one-time country singer, one-time killer, now serving a life sentence. No parole. On the day he gets out, Henry promises Evan he will find his daughter, the daughter he never met, and deliver a letter.

A free man, Henry heads to the small Texan town where Evan grew up and where his brother Carson now resides as sheriff. There's no sign of the girl and her uncle claims to know nothing of her whereabouts. But Henry isn't about to give up. He made a promise and, no matter what, he's going to find Evan's daughter. 

As Carson's behaviour towards him becomes ever more threatening, Henry realises that there are dark secrets buried at the heart of this quiet town. What terrible thing drove the brothers apart and what happened to the missing girl?

Biographical Notes 

R.J. Ellory's novels have been translated into 26 languages, and he has won the USA EXCELLENCE AWARD for Best Mystery, the STRAND MAGAZINE Best Thriller 2009, the THEAKSTON'S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD, the ST MAUR PRIZE, the AVIGNON READERS' PRIZE, the LIVRE DE POCHE AWARD and the QUEBEC LAUREAT. He has been shortlisted for a further 13 awards in numerous countries, including four DAGGERS from the UK Crime Writers' Association.

Despite the American setting of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.

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  • Other details
  • ISBN: 9781409124252
  • Publication date: 07 May 2015
  • Page count: 352

12 Responses to Mockingbird Songs

  • iI just want you to know that your novels mean more to me than you will ever know, your creative writing is truely stunning,thanks for bringing so much joy into peoples lives

    • Well, that really means a huge amount to me, Tony. Only reason I started writing was to entertain and engage, and I am so pleased you have enjoyed the novels. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Mr Ellory I have always enjoyed your books but you have taken your writing to a higher level in Mockingbird Songs. Wonderful descriptive prose too, I couldn’t put it down. I work as a Librarian in Christchurch New Zealand and I always have you on my staff picks at work. However with Miockingbird Songs I intend to write a review of it for our library blog giving it 5 stars. Keep writing. Kindest regards. Dianne Dwight

    • Hi Dianne,
      I came out to New Zealand in 2009 to do a tour of some of the libraries and had a wonderful time. I keep hoping that I’ll get a chance to come back as it is such a beautiful country. Thank you for writing, and thank you for your very kind words. It really means a lot to me. I am now working on a new book for 2016, and there is a possibility it may become a trilogy. We shall see what happens!
      If you have any questions, or there’s anything you want to know about the books, you can always e-mail me on
      Best wishes, and thanks again for making my day!

  • Bought Mockingbird Songs at christmas for a gift for someone but decided to keep it myself to read. Having started it I couldn’t put it down which is odd for me as my reads tend to be more protracted – really impressed. Yourself being from england may I ask how you how you are able to do your texan speech patterns so well, is that an accumulation of life experience reading, american TV and films, books etc and it comes to you as it is when you pen it or do you plan your script, what you want your characters to say in british-english, then adapt it later to texan speech and dialect?? I specify texan because it has a particular dialect where as other places such as New England or California perhaps normal brit-english would for the most part
    suffice. By the way loved ‘A Simple Act of Violence’, one I read before.

    • Well, first of all, there’s no plan when I start a book. I just get an idea for something and plow on! Concerning US speech/dialect etc., I guess it is a case of having been exposed to US film and TV for my whole life, and then there’s the travel and the personal experiences of US culture and society. I was very aware of the differences in east and west coast, and then the significant difference again for the mid-west, Texas etc. I think it’s just a matter of whether it feels right or not. Dialogue is really important, especially in character-driven books. And aside from all of that, huge thanks for taking the time to write to me, Glenn. I am so pleased to hear that you are enjoying the books!
      Best wishes,

  • Hi Roger,
    I have just finished Mockinbird Songs which I bought a while ago but did not pick it up until the last couple of days. This is the first book of yours I have read and shall now read more of what you have written. I thoroughly enjoyed it and could picture the characters as being real. The story was so intriguing but not far fetched. I also did not realise that you are not American because all details seem to match as if a native from that country was writing the story.
    Shall order the next book from our local bookshop today.
    Handled by the correct person it would make a top quality thriller on the screen.

    • Huge thanks for your very kind words, Mike. That really means a lot to me. As for film, yes I really feel it would make a great picture. Currently, we have ‘A Dark and Broken Heart’ in pre-production, and I really hope that comes to fruition. That’s a very different type of story, but equally cinematographic. Anyway, I am thrilled that you enjoyed the book, and I do hope you enjoy some of the others if you get a chance to read them.
      Have a great weekend, and all best wishes,
      (p.s. ‘Mockingbird Songs’ was a particularly personal book as it was all about music. Even the name of the album that Evan Riggs recorded was a little nod to my own band, The Whiskey Poets –

  • I absolutely loved this book MOCKINGBIRD SONG Found myself re reading particular sentences. Not a page I didnt enjoy. Thank you so very much.

    • And thank you for your very kind words, Hilary! I am so pleased that you enjoyed it.
      Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write. It is really, really appreciated.
      Best wishes,

  • Loved Mockingbird Song. Found myself re reading particular sentences. From first page to last it was so enjoyable. Make a wonderful movie

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