4 1/2 stars really
The box-set is a wonderful bargain. The series was a joy to read. I enjoyed every book in this series, especially the first,Still Life with Murder, and book #3, Death on Beacon Hill, and any moment with Will really. I developed a bit of a crush on him. This series really got me hooked on reading mysteries again, something I hadn't done since my teen years. Overall I was impressed with the quality of the writing and attention to detail. I was a little disappointed with the treatment of the series climax in the final novel, I would have liked to see it all come together through Nell's point of view, or at least an epilogue, rather than the newspaper article denouement we received at the end.
One caveat,readers who are especially sensitive to the subject of sexual assault might want to skip this series, as it is a central plot point in several of the novels and is mentioned in reference to character back-story throughout the series.