Katrin Pauts (born 25 August 1977) is a writer and journalist.
Pauts was born on Muhu Island and completed Orissaare Gymnasium in 1995. For three years, she studied history at the University of Tartu. Thereafter, Katrin Pauts started working as a journalist in print media and on television.
Pauts made her debut in 2016 with two crime novels – Politseiniku tütar. Saaremaa põnevik (‘Policeman’s Daughter. Saaremaa thriller’) and Tulekandja. Muhumaa põnevik (‘Fire Carrier. Muhu thriller’), which were published soon after each other, received positive reviews and proved popular among readers. The action of Pauts’s novels takes place in rural areas, which is an innovative approach in Estonian crime fiction. After her first books, Pauts has published a new crime book each year, in some years two. She has become one of the best-known Estonian crime writers. In 2021, Pauts published the short story collection Tallinna tume: tavaliste inimeste väikesed nurjatused (‘Tallinn Dark: Ordinary People’s Small Abominations’), which deserved critics’ approval and was compared to Werner Bergengruen’s book Der Tod von Reval.
Pauts is also known as a straightforward critic.
L. P. (Translated by I. A.)
Books in Estonian
Politseiniku tütar. Saaremaa põnevik. Tallinn: Varrak, 2016. 309 lk.
Tulekandja. Muhumaa põnevik. Tallinn: Varrak, 2016. 259 lk.
Öömees. Tallinn: Rahva Raamat, 2017. 263 lk.
Hull hobune. Tallinn: Varrak, 2018. 230 lk.
Marduse tänav: romaan teleseriaali „Nukumaja“ ainetel. Tallinn: Varrak, 2018. 255 lk.
Minu salajane elu: teekond algab alati kusagilt kaugemalt kui jaamast. Tallinn: Rahva Raamat, 2019. 205 lk.
Külmkingauurija. Tallinn: Rahva Raamat, 2021. 272 lk.
Tallinna tume: tavaliste inimeste väikesed nurjatused. Tallinn: Varrak, 2021. 196 lk.
Minu Muhumaa: lühike libahuntide ajalugu. Tartu: Petrone Print, 2018. 231 lk.
Minu Praha: tunnustamata geeniuse piinad. Tartu: Petrone Print, 2020. 216 lk.