A CRIME novel tracing the mystery death of a young woman whose body is discovered on the Great Orme is set to be published.

Fallen Angel sees detective Gaby Darin face a professional and personal battle as the 18-year-old victim is intimately linked to someone close to her. The murder investigation is complex to solve as the girl is found wearing someone else’s handmade dress, which proves difficult to trace.

“Llandudno still holds a special place for me,” said Dublin-born author Jenny O’Brien, who visited in the seaside town as a child and worked there for several years before moving to Guernsey.

“Visits to the Great Orme were a treat and I have glorious memories. Looking back through the lens of childhood, things seemed brighter and better. Happiness was a new bucket and spade and maybe an ice cream.”

Fallen Angel is O’Brien’s third book in the Gaby Darin crime series, with the first set in Pembrokeshire and the follow-up St Asaph as O’Brien found it more natural to write about the North Wales towns she knows well.

“Fallen Angel is my way of cementing Gaby Darin into the role of fictional detective,” said O’Brien.

“My aim is to deliver unusual plots in a fantastic set of locations and, in a way, help to showcase how beautiful Wales is through my writing.

“What better way to relax after a busy day of crime solving than a walk along the shoreline with Wales stretched out as a backdrop?”

A fourth book in the Darin series is due to be published next year, set in Caernarfon, with the fifth in Conwy.

Fallen Angel will be published on November 20 by HQ Digital and Harper Collins.