The article is devoted to the study of the history of the Kazakh detective genre. Indeed, there are a lot of controversial statements when it comes to the genre. In Kazakh literature, in-depth and detailed studies of the detective genre have not yet been carried out, so the problems associated with this remain unresolved. In national literature, the detective genre is one of the most underdeveloped. Furthermore, the challenges within the detective genre, which still remain unmastered and are evolving gradually, are being examined. This controversial issue is very important for specialists in the field of literature and university students. In this context, an exploration of the history of the Kazakh detective genre is undertaken using literary reviews and interview methodologies accompanied by thematic analysis. At last, we clarify the reasons why the detective genre has not yet been studied and summed up conclusions.