Give TheTechnologists, an historical suspense novel written by Matthew Pearl, a try!
If you have any interest in Boston in the 1860s and the beginning rivalry between MIT and Harvard, this book is for you. Pearl does an incredible job of bringing the first graduating class from MIT to life.
He researched the MIT's first class's student journals and other histories of Boston and MIT to paint a picture of life in Boston in the 1860s. The suspicion that Professor Rogers and his students provoked because they chose to take science past the theory and apply it to make a better world may seemed to be where Harvard and MIT differed and the friction began between the two schools.
Add to this a mystery that of fictional unexplainable events that the students investigate through science and you have a novel with appeal to history, science, and suspense fans alike.
I listened to the Book on CD and found that it was difficult to shut it off and I kept reaching for the next disc to keep the story going. All I can say is try it, you will certainly like it!
Also try Pearl's Dante Club that is set in the same time period in Boston.