It was after I finished Love for Sail
that I realize how much I loved the first trilogy: it was cohesive and coherent, well-concluded and, all in all, finished. Larry found a personal dimension with Patti and his work at Sierra, where he put in games his real-life (mis)adventures.
Those three game are the highest point of the series. But, before playing LSL7, I continuously hoped that Patti might show up again and that, somehow, the latter chapters would reconnect to the main series. When this didn't happened, I was disappointed and LSL6, which was my second favorite after the third, then seemed to me like "the beginning of the end".
When Al Lowe wrote Patti off, the last two installments became nothing more, at least in my opinion, an episodic mish-mash. And I don't like episodic: I want characters to grow fond of and evolving stories.
I didn't find these qualities in LSL7 and, in retrospect, neither in LSL6. So, LSL2 came back to hold its bold second place