Store Hours

Sunday: Noon to 4PM

Mon, Tue, Sat: 10AM to 5PM

Wed, Thu,Fri: 10AM to 7PM

We are generally closed on major holidays

A Likely Story Bookstore, located in historic downtown Sykesville Maryland, is Carroll County's most exciting and only independent bookstore. It's eclectic mix of books includes hard covers, paperbacks, new and used books in all genres. There's Mystery, Romance, Memoir, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Religious, Science Fiction, Cooking, Classics, Young Adult, and a wonderful Children's selection -- You name it, we've probably got it - or can get it for you quickly!

In addition, A Likely Story carries a wide range of merchandise - Cards, Journals, Toys, Games, and Puzzles (That you won't find in Wal-Mart!), Novelty and Gift Items, and Seasonal Gifts. We are always looking for that unique item to put in the store. Gift certificates and gift subscriptions are also available. So much to see and enjoy!

New and Lightly Loved Books! 

Summer is getting ready to start and kids are getting out of school.  Don't forget to stop by for the newest and best summer reads.  We can recommend some great reads for you and your whole family.  Look for the signed editions for wonderful gift ideas!  We have signed editions of books by David Baldacci, Kate DiCamillo, Laura Lippman, Karen Kingsbury, Jeffery Deaver and more!

Main Street is growing and getting better every day.  Come down and see all the changes!   

Please support your independent business and SHOP LOCAL! 

-Debbie

MONTHLY PICKS 

 SIGNED COPIES IN STOCK!

A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE

BY: APRIL SMITH

A Star for Mrs. Blake” is a beautifully told story that focuses on a nearly forgotten piece of history, the experience of Gold Star Mothers post World War I.

Smith, author of five thrillers starring FBI Special Agent Ana Grey, here offers a heartfelt glimpse into a little-known episode in U.S. history, the journey taken by mothers of U.S. soldiers fallen in WWI to visit their sons’ graves in Europe. Smith focuses on five mothers whose sons were buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France. Their unofficial leader is Cora Blake, a single mother from Maine. She’s joined by an Irish maid, the wife of an immigrant Russian chicken farmer, a woman who’s been in and out of mental institutions since her son was killed, and a wealthy Boston socialite. 

Smith deftly spotlights moments along their sojourn, from the giggling fits brought on by the French delicacies they are served on board ship to the tears they shed when confronted by the stark white lines of marble stones where their sons’ remains now lie. Side plots revolve around an American journalist, badly disfigured in the war, who befriends Cora and publishes her story in a French newspaper, and the practice of racially segregating these mothers, even in their grief. 

Smith’s foray into historical fiction is captivating and enlightening.

SIGNED COPIES IN STOCK!

AFTER I'M GONE

BY: LAURA LIPPMAN

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative-if not all legal-businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband-or all of his money-might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her old lover-until her remains are eventually found in a secluded wooded park.

Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealously, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women: a faithful wife, a dead mistress, and three very different daughters. And at the center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same.