The season-two premiere of Only Murders in the Building went out of its way to reassure audiences that this is the same show we fell in love with last year

Understandably determined not to mess with success, "Only Murders in the Building" returns with a second season that self-consciously plays to its strengths

 It's every bit as breezy and fun, with lots of winking references to "Season 2" (the podcast, naturally, but you get the idea).

the unlikely trio of Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez) turn their attention to the next one of their neighbors to turn up dead. 

Being quirky can be harder than it looks, but the show nicely delivers on that -- employing shifting narrators, finding a new (and humiliating) acting job

Once again, the mystery itself really doesn't matter all that much, as the episodes move along with various clues and revelations while deriving most of their pleasure from odd moments,

You can tell it's our second season," Oliver says at one point, referring to the podcast, but like everything else here, providing a kind of meta commentary on the workings of Hollywood and the show

You can indeed, which doesn't prevent "Only Murders" from living up to its modestly scaled ambitions and once again knocking 'em dead.