This is by far the best Scottish Ghost Story book I have read (and I own and have read several) - it is very well-researched and goes right to the heart of where the stories and legends have come from and how they have "evolved". Care has been taken to ensure that the most reliable sources have been sought out and - where possible - been interviewed. It strikes just the right balance between fact and mystery! Well-written and very easily read.
I have read helpful and detailed appreciations of this book on the Internet. I shall just add two points. Firstly, I think the book's great strength is that it is written by a skeptic. Ghost stories are not likely to be taken seriously if their reporting is sensationalized. James Robertson has collected and presented them with just the right mix of detached scholarship and narrative simplicity. Secondly, it should be obvious that ghost stories are ideal material for old-fashioned listening rather than for reading. Accordingly, I strongly recommend the Soundings audio version of this book, enabling you to hear the Scottish ghost stories told by a Scotsman. James Bryce delivers them beautifully, tossing the place names and off with ready familiarity.
With its prolific folklore and long history of civil strife, its many ancient castles and churches, its many bleak, windswept and lonely locations for human habitation, Scotland has been a fertile place for the growth of tales of the supernatural. Most such tales date from earlier more credulous times than ours but Robertson's collection includes recent examples.
I have enjoyed this authors books in the past but I really struggled with this. It didn't seem to have any depth at all and reminded me of the kind of stories you might read in magazines. I wouldn't recommend it to others