Jacobia ("Jake") Tiptree, a transplanted New Yorker, now lives in Eastport, Maine, with her teenaged son. She is determined to repair, by herself, the "fixer-upper" she bought, but her efforts are continually thwarted by what some believe are ghosts. Enter Jonathan Raines, a young man who claims that months before Jake agreed to let him lodge at her house. When Jonathan disappears under mysterious circumstances, Jake and some of the locals get involved in the investigation. The former owner of the house, "musician" Jared Hayes, violins, treasure maps are involved.
Home repair can be murder. Jacobia Tiptree and her teenage son are used to their Eastport, Maine home attracting more than its share of houseguests. This year Jake is hoping the plaster dust will keep them away while she finally gets her gem of a fixer-upper into shape - from doorknobs and chandeliers to leaky pipes to ghostly phenomena. But when the charming and mysterious Jonathan Raines appears on her doorstep - and then just as suddenly disappears - remodeling the house becomes the least of Jake's problems. Could Jonathan's disappearance have something to do with his quest for a cursed violin - the one that local legend says was hidden by a long ago owner of Jake's house before he too vanished without a trace? Soon Jonathan's grief-stricken girlfriend arrives downeast, and Jake needs to strip Eastport's past of its idyllic veneer - before a killer paints her very dead indeed!