Lake Harris County, California, may be a made-up place, but Growing Light, the horticultural software company located there, feels like the ultimate Marin workplace--from its New Age president George Ashby (``re-creating what `working' means'') to its numerically challenged bookkeeper Audrey Lincoln (``I can't say what he called you, but it's not very, like, self-actualizing''). On single mom Anne Munro's first day of work, George is murdered shortly after he starts the rumor that her late husband was a substance abuser, and the dimwitted sheriff goes after her with both barrels. The mystery of who killed George is routine in a pleasantly old-fashioned way, but the interludes with the likes of beer-drinking aura cleanser Rev. Hankins (``what is, is'') and ever-stoned EverLife notary John Lifeblood lift this first novel above, like, the ordinary. Bright and funny--a welcome debut.