"The Monarch of the Glen" takes place several years after the events of Gaiman's novel American Gods. It follows Shadow, that book's protagonist, as he takes an odd job during a tour of Scotland. "The Monarch of the Glen" feels far more satisfying than many other tales in the book-it seems complete in a way that only happens when Neil Gaiman seems as interested as we do in finding out what happens next.
Readers new to Neil Gaiman would do better to start with Sandman, American Gods, or Anansi Boys, but readers who have devoured these books can satisfy their hunger for more with Fragile Things, and readers who can't help asking "Where do you get your ideas?" may find a lot here to contemplate.