Høeg, Peter "Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow" (Danish: Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne) - 1992
I remember everyone raving about this book. Smilla is a native Greenlander, an Inuit who lives in Denmark. She is friends with a neighbour boy who is killed by a fall from the roof. It is declared an accident but Smilla doesn't' believe it and starts her own investigation. A murder mystery with a twist.
Even though I don't usually enjoy crime stories, I thought this was quite fascinating.
"When caustic Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor---a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend - -has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. Unpredictable to the last page, Smilla’s Feeling for Snow is one of the most beautifully written and original crime stories of our time, a new classic."