Warning: Minor Spoilers follow, and there’s bigger ones in the comments.
One thing VM has is the episode formula. With a few exceptions, almost all the episodes follow this process: Veronica finds out about case, Veronica finds obvious red herring, confronts red herring, finds real culprit, who was innocently introduced earlier in the episode, and solves the case. Also, there’s metaplot in there someplace.
Watching over Season One again, I found it interesting that the season as a whole, the case of Lily’s murder follows this same pattern.