Much like Fernet-Branca, Place's decks are for me an acquired taste. Now I'm seduced by the very coldness and simplicity of lines that turned me off in the beginning. They are extremely intellectual and remote, but somehow satisfyingly so. They're definitely not your regular "Will he leave his wife for me?" sort of deck.
My first was the Vampire Tarot, which is probably the best thematic Tarot ever based on a particular book and its mythology, IMHO. I also have the Sevenfold Mystery, and I'm waiting for the 4th edition of the Alchemical.
So far the Sevenfold is my favorite, but I'll have to suspend judgment until I can compare it side by side with the Alchemical. (I watched the comparison video in his website, http://alchemicaltarot.com/
, and still can't decide.)
The only thing I can say against his decks is that they tend to suffer from acute borderitis. Major. (The Vampire cards are also heavy, sticky and fanged. Yuck.)